Nephthytis - Pink Allusion
- Botanical Name: Syngonium Podophyllum
- Origins: South America
- Light: Low Light
- Watering: Every 2 to 7 Days
- Growth Speed: Fast
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top, Hanging
- Home Decor: Casual
- Variety Code: 258
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Product Description - Pink Allusion
Syngonium, commonly known as the Arrowhead Vine or Nephthytis, has been popular as a houseplant all over the world for many years. The genus name refers to cohesion of the plant ovaries in Greek. Most cultivated varieties today come from Syngonium podophyllum (Footleaf), which is native from Mexico down to Panama. There are about 20 other species, most of which are native to Central America. The old genus name of Nephthytis still remains as a common name, though botanically Nephthytis today refers to four species of African herbs distinctly different from Syngoniums. True Nephthytis is probably not in the ornamental trade at all.The variegated Nephthytis, one of the most attractive and undemanding foliage plants, is also one of the strangest because its leaves change dramatically as it ages. Young plants have simple 3 inch long arrowhead-shaped dark green leaves with silvery white markings along the major veins. As the plants mature, the leaves become increasingly complex. For awhile they consist of three leaflets-- a large central one with a pair of smaller ones at its base--but eventually grow up to 11 leaflets that appear in the shape of an open fan, 9 to 11 inches across. Many plants carry all stages simultaneously. As the leaves develop, they gradually become entirely green. However, if the plant is kept small by pruning and not allowed to climb, the leaves retain their silvery markings and either remain arrowhead-shaped or develop only up to five leaflets. A number of varieties have leaves whose colors and markings differ from those of the basic species. 'Green Gold' has leaves flushed with yellow rather than silver. 'Imperial White' has greenish-white leaves with dark green edges. Both types remain arrowhead-shaped. All grow well in pots and hanging baskets, or against bark-covered slabs of wood or sections of the trunk of a tree fern.
Plant CareArrowhead vines grow best in bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight. Place the plant in a semi-shade to shaded position. Most variegated plants do not tolerate direct spring/summer sunlight, but may tolerate direct sunlight in winter. Night temperatures of 65 to 70 and day temperatures of 75 to 85 are ideal. Keep the soil moist during the growing period. Allow the plant to dry out slightly between waterings in winter. Mist daily or when possible. Feed established plants every two months with standard house-plant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended minimum strength; wait three or four months before feeding newly purchased or potted plants. Repot overcrowded plants at any season using packaged general-purpose potting soil. Pinch off long stems at any season to increase branching and foliage markings. Propagate at any season from stem cuttings. The variety is generally pest free. Aphids, scale, mealybugs and spider mites can be problems if plants are grown without adequate humidity.
Monday, 01 April 2013 19:38 |
posted by Fred
My dog has suddenly decided she likes eating the leaves. Are they bad for her? she hasn't dropped over yet.
Sunday, 28 October 2012 21:51 |
posted by Phillip
I love my nephthytis with its pink and cream splotches. I have had mine for a few years now. It started as a tiny thing in one of those $2-3 pots. Now it is in a big 18in diameter and deep pot and in addition to being full and bushy it sends out viney runners. I just brought mine in from the patio (it likes to spend the spring/summer outdoors) and I had to tear away many of its vines which were rooting in the patio cracks. Super easy plant to care for.
Monday, 01 October 2012 14:55 |
posted by mary campbell
how do you know when pot of pink allusions are too crowed?
Monday, 24 September 2012 06:40 |
posted by Laura
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Monday, 23 July 2012 19:07 |
posted by Myra Maldonado
My "Neon Illusion" has been doing fantastic, except that lately it has gotten yellowing edges and some brown splotches. What causes this? I buy many Exotic Angel plants!!
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