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Friday, November 8, 2019

Arrowhead Plant - Syngonium podophyllum - Best Indoor Plants (Part 2)

I would like to introduce a New Series on Indoor Plants
and hope to come up with 10 Best Indoor Plants for Beginners.

I'm guessing that if you had already had hands on other hardy plants and you are ready for a new challenge - these fall in more less as medium level plant to grow and maintenance.

Let me introduce these plants - Syngonium  podophyllum
commonly known as Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead vine, or Goose foot plant.

Here I'm writing about the characteristics of the common to the wild side especially when they are introduced to grow on a totem, against a wall or a tree trunk.

The common hardy ones seems to fair well in the harsh tropical outdoor climate.
I find the invasive type found in the wild somehow manage to be the alpha in many zone.

They all will appear like this initially in the early growth stage when planted in a small container and slowly form the typical spade shaped leaf formation. 

The white markings appear very brilliant from the center with the green background.
These foliage are still juvenile stage. 

As they grow bigger, the white color will slowly diminishes.

 If you notice, they are only having two main colors without any of the other cultivar variegation. Some form patches and discoloration of green and cream formation but eventually they all will turn to green once morph into a 5 lobed foliage.

There is no coloration on midrib or any interesting unique color show. 
I'm guessing that its singular color code is very much due to protecting itself from eaten by pest or wildlife.

I find generally the juvenile version of this plant is more interesting with almost like a spade shape. Unlike Monstera where the big leaves and its features are highly valued;

These matured ones seemed to produce extra lobes with thick stems and these will revert to a wilder side. I doubt anyone is very interested in growing them in the mature stage as these are grown more on the indoor setting.

As you can note in the picture below:
The bigger the leaf, the lesser the variegated coloration. 
I would suggest to keep this plant compact and small, pruning them often in keeping them compact and well rounded.

The leaves are as big as my hand. These trail strongly on the tree trunk but I noticed new branches are loosely attached and these vines are seeking new place to grow.

These are growing freely in the wild.
The roots had taken over the tree trunk and these shield like foliage.

Believe me, they are the same plant.
This formation will take dominance and will not revert back to the variegated version unless the vines & leaves are trimmed and replanted.

Basically, this feature takes place when they tend to crawl up a tree trunk or grow vigorously against a wall surface.

The flowers:
Guess what, they are not called flowers. 
(I know - strange but that's how they are identified)

These are Araceae, from the aroids family.
Thus these flowers or they called it inflorescence called as spadix. 
It's understood that it's not a true flower but the piece covering the flower is a modified leaf known as spathe (the leaf-like bract)

This appearance is so similar with ZZ plant, Dumbcane, Anthurium, Agloanema, Monstera, Philodendron, Pothos & Sygnonium. 

Also another genera which  belongs to Caladium, Alocasia, Colocasia and that particular family.
The more beautiful ones are of Calla Lily & Peace Lily that falls in this category.

There are a deeper and more intricate science behind this on the formation of the fruit and seeds using the insect as a vector but I'm not going too detailed with that.

These smaller plant foliage appear different, more like the 3 pointed foliage.

If you trim this vine and replant them, 
they will slowly morph to the typical spade shape leaf formation. 
I'm guessing these appear in this formation as the main vine is connected to these tiny plant-let and so they still have the "wild side" attached to them.

You can cultivate these in your garden but do consider carefully when disposing them as not to accidentally introduce them to the wild they are considered invasive species. (unless they are considered native in your region)

The  Details on Care, Grow & Propagation can be found in my earlier Post in link Below:

Arrowhead Plant - Syngonium podophyllum - Best Indoor Plants (Part 1)

Do share with me your thoughts and experience with your sygnoniums in comment box below:
Why you find them special and gives you that joyful, fulfilling garden experience.

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