If we talk about the indoor houseplants and not mention Syngonium, then it will be an injustice because it has wide varieties, leaves are beautiful, grow with minimal care, can be grown as a vine, and has many colors. Let us discuss its beautiful variety having pink leaves called, Syngonium Pink.
Syngonium plants can be propagated mainly in two ways famous one is by leaves, making a cutting and growing in water until some root growth and later transfer to pot or soil. Another way is from root division, each stem contains some leaf, separate, root with stem and leaves, makes another plant from it.
It is known for its colorful Foliage beauty. It can be easily grown in medium-sized pots. It is a summer plant and more pink leaves appear during the summer season. The plant is native to the tropical rainforest of the West Indies, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Ecuador. At present, it is distributed all over the world and is popular among gardeners.
Syngonium plants can be easily grown in hanging baskets. This plant is evergreen, hardy, grows easily, and can attain a height of 3-6 ft. with 2 ft. width. The scientific name of the plant is Syngonium podophyllum. It is also called an arrowhead plant because the mature leaves resemble an arrow.
Syngonium Propagation Types (Ways):
If you grow Syngonium pink for one time, then you don’t need to buy it again as it can easily multiply. The plant can be propagated during the month of July to September. Propagation is easy. We can propagate this plant in two ways:-
1. Syngonium Propagation By Leaves (Node):
1. Selection of Syngonium Cutting for Propagation
Select the node which has good, bright, leaves without holes, yellow or brown color. This makes sure you will have more success rate for propagation.
Good health cutting leads to successful propagation and healthy plant.
2. Cutting Syngonium Plant For Propagation
Now you selected the Syngonium plant for cutting, use the proper tool cutter for cutting the plant. Make sure you disinfect the cutter before you make the cut for the plant. Otherwise, if the cutter is used for other plants which have some disease, it will affect this plant also.
Leaves appear on vines. There are nodes in the vine. The leaves emerge from each node. Cut the leaves along with their petiole and node.
3. Keeping The Cutting In Water For Root Growth
Now, keep it in water inside a glass vessel. Change the water every five days. After around 15days roots emerge.
At this stage, the plant is ready to be potted or transferred to land.
4. Transplanting The Plant To Soil
Now, you can transplant it into a pot by preparing a good soil mix. You should use well drainable soil otherwise it will affect the plant.
If you don’t use well drainable soil then water will sit there for a longer time and spoil the root which means root rot. Then it makes the plant weak and eventually plants will die.
5. Water plant thoroughly
After propagation, water plants thoroughly so that they can establish themselves in a new environment easily.
2. Syngonium Propagation By Root Division:
Some varieties of old Syngonium have more stems. Each stem contains a leaf. Take a plant out of the pot and separate stems along with roots and leaves. Now, transplant it to another pot with a good soil mix. Water it thoroughly.
Syngonium Pink Care
– It is a great indoor plant. You can keep it in your room, dining hall, study table, or anywhere you want but keep it near the window. East or North-facing windows will be an ideal location.
– Medium textured soil with ph. 5.5-6.5 is best suited for the plant. Soil should be well-drained. As it is a fleshy plant and can store water. 6-8 inch pot size i.e. enough for this plant. Adding charcoal pieces to the soil mix will add to drainage, prevent fungal infection and also provide nutrition.
– Temperature of 15 -30 degrees Celsius is good for pink Syngonium. This temperature will help to grow more foliage with vibrant colors. Lower temperature will cause stunted growth.
– Watering should be done when the top layer of soil is dry. Moderate watering should be given. Moist must not soggy. Water loading should be avoided. Make sure the drainage hole of the pot isn’t blocked due to soil accumulation. Otherwise, there will be too much moisture which can lead to the rotting of roots, and ultimately the plant will die. Young Syngonium pink requires less water than mature plants. The plant is slightly tolerant to water stress. so, you don’t need to worry if you miss a day. However, if the dry period continues for a few days, lower leaves will get dry and brown.
– As it is tropical in origin, it loves humidity. So, some people keep it on the bathroom window. 40%-50% humidity is ideal for this plant. You can use bottle spray to maintain humidity.
– As summer commences, the pink color of the Syngonium becomes deep which makes it more attractive. Pink Syngonium loves filtered bright sunlight. Too much sunlight will cause the burning of leaves. Other varieties should be kept in shade. Plants that haven’t received enough sunlight have green leaves with a white tint. In short, 3-4 hours of filtered bright sunlight is ideal for this plant. Dark places should be avoided.
– As it is a leafy plant, nitrogen is mainly required. Nitrogen helps to impart good color to leaves. Homemade fertilizer can also be used like: oil cake, bone meal, ash, FYM, fermented banana peels, neem cake. Liquid fertilizer and slow-releasing fertilizer like Osmocate work great for houseplants.
Potting and Repotting:
– About a 6-inch pot is enough. Repotting should be done during the dormant season. When the roots become pot-bound condition then repotting should be done.
– Regular pruning of Syngonium will help to keep it in proper size otherwise they become lanky. To make it bushy, vines should be pruned from the base.
– The price of Pink Syngonium greatly varies from place to place. It also depends on seedling age, color and varieties. However, the average price range is 20rs – 150rs in India.
With the above steps, I am able to propagate the pink Syngonium/ Arrowhead plant. shoot me in the comments if you find these tips useful.