Identify My HousePlant- Arrowhead Plant or Nepthytis

Can you identify this plant, my last mystery plant. You have been very helpful. All the plants were jammed together in a planter and now they are separate individuals. Patricia

Hi Patricia,

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Arrowhead Plant


Your plant is called an Arrowhead Plant, other names are Syngonium and Nepythytis. Here are some care instructions that might help you.

Light: An arrowhead plant with dark green leaves can live in low to medium light. Newer varieties with white, pink, or burgundy in the leaves need medium to bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. Direct sun “bleaches” the leaves turning them an ugly, grayish color.

Water: Water an Arrowhead Plant well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. An Arrowhead Plant droops when it needs water, but perks up quickly. When over- watered, an Arrowhead Plant develops root rot and often dies.

fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.: Fertilize an Arrowhead Plant every two weeks in the spring and summer when it is actively growing with a basic houseplant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Feed an Arrowhead Plant monthly in the fall and winter.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website: