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How to Care for an Arrowhead Plant

Learn how to care for the Arrowhead Plant!

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The Arrowhead (Syngonium podophyllum) is native to the tropical rain forests in Central and South America. Its common name, Arrowhead Plant, is derived from the spade-like shape of its leaves. Fast-growing and lush, the Arrowhead is constantly unfurling new foliage, in varieties ranging from dark green with strong white variegation to hues of lime and even pink. Young Arrowhead Plants are typically characterized by their upright clusters of stems. As the Arrowhead matures, it can produce trailing or climbing stems and larger leaves. If its youthful shape is preferred, simply trim it as desired.

General Care


Medium to bright light. Tolerates low light. Not suited for intense, direct sun.


Allow soil to dry out halfway between waterings. Increase frequency with increased light.


Tolerates average home humidity. Prefers high humidity. To keep your Arrowhead happy, create a wet pebble tray underneath or incorporate a humidifier into the space.


Average home temperature of 65°F-75°F. If you’re comfortable, the Arrowhead Plant is comfortable.


Grows to a lush 15”. If smaller size is preferred, cut o all climbing stems that develop and the Arrowhead will remain bushy.

Common Problems

SYMPTOM: Leaves appear pale or yellowed

CAUSE: Excessive light

SYMPTOM: Leaves turn brown

CAUSE: Under watered

SYMPTOM: Wilting

CAUSE: Under watered


Poisonous but non-lethal sap causes skin irritation and burning of the mouth if ingested. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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