Syngonium podophyllum or the Goosefoot Plant / Nephthytis is a simple but elegant and versatile houseplant. On our scale of Easy, Intermediate or Difficult, we ranked it Intermediate. It’s actually “Easy” to look after in most homes, however because it has a unruly nature and tendency to creep quietly around your home (if allowed), it needs a certain amount of maintenance and pruning that other plants ordinarily don’t. This is needed to keep Syngonium indoors looking great and to avoid the ugly flop effect, also because all parts of the plant are poisonous you really do want to know where all parts of the plant are growing and creeping around, especially if you have curious children or hungry pets around.
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Speed of Growth
A Syngonium will grow steadily for much of the year providing it has good conditions. Left unchecked a stray vine can creep several feet in only a few months.
Height / Spread
As with many creepers and climbers you have to exercise a level of control and authority by pinching out stray growing vines, otherwise you end up with a unruly plant. A well trained mature Syngonium growing up a moss stick will, as a guide, give you the following dimensions: 1.8m / 6ft in height and a maximum spread of 60cm / 2ft. Plants grown with no height support wont grow very tall at all, although you can still expect a bushy looking plant.
There are flowers which appear on mature Syngoniums, although they aren’t very exciting or interesting. The key selling point of this particular house plant is the foliage.
However Syngonium’s are displayed, when it comes to light requirements they will do well in a position where they receive good light but no direct sunlight.
Just remember to water well and then wait. Simple.
The soil needs to be evenly moist when you water, waiting for the soil to dry a little before evenly watering again. This means you should avoid the “little and often” approach, just remember to water well and then wait. Simple. In Winter the “wait” period will increase as the plant will take longer to dry out so adjust accordingly.
This is one house plant which needs to be at the heart of your home because it demands warmth, even in cold months. An unheated conservatory in Winter for example is a no no. A minimum of 16°C / 61°F.