Syngonium Albo Plant Care

Have you ever encountered this lovely variegated arrowhead plant and wondered how you maintain such an ensemble of unique foliage? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

With their arrow-shaped leaves marbled with green to off-white markings and their climbing growth habit, Syngonium Albo can certainly transform dull corners of your home and garden.

What is Syngonium podophyllum ‘Albo-Variegatum’?

The Syngonium podophyllum ‘albo-variegatum’, commonly known as the Variegated Arrowhead Vine, hails from the Araceae family, which has around 20 to 30 species found in the tropical and subtropical regions in Central and South America.

The plant is also grown widely across Mexico and Brazil and is highly coveted because of its gorgeous variegation and reputation as a fast-growing climber.

The Syngonium Albo Variegatum has unwavering popularity among growers. There is no doubt that they make an excellent houseplant, being not only attractive but also easy to grow.

Syngonium Albo Care Table

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Syngonium Albo Variegatum Care

Syngonium albo

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Ideal Potting Mix for Syngonium Albo Variegatum

Potting soil for syngonium

A fertile mix with sufficient organic matter and coco coir or perlite (10 or 20% perlite) may do wonders for your arrowhead plant. This can make the soil a bit lighter in texture and much less chance of flooded conditions prevailing – which may cause root rot.

A chunky and well-draining potting mix that is slightly acidic favors the optimum growth of a Syngonium plant. Ideally, young plants are planted from early spring to late spring and thrive better in small and medium-sized pots.

However, if growth appears to have slowed and you wish to increase its size, you may have the plant repotted to a much bigger container.

Lighting Needs of Syngonium Albo Variegatum

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Syngonium is an outdoor plant that relies on bigger plants or trees for shade. Given their natural habitat, usually around forest floors, variegated sygonium plants are used to receive dappled light. Too much direct sunlight can cause the leaves to scorch and appear white-bleached.

With that in mind, picking a spot with just the right balance of bright and shade conditions is essential. Plus, this encourages more variation and vibrant foliage. Some Syngonium would even turn pink! Particularly with exposure to a lower amount of light.

Watering Arrowhead Plant

Ideally, you should water your Arrowhead plant once the top inch of the soil surface feels dry to the touch. A moist soil but not too soggy is what you’re after. Plus, with regular watering, the plant tends to grow quickly.

During the spring and summer, it is best to have your arrowhead vine dry out partially in between watering cycles, but it should never be left to dehydrate completely, as this can result in yellow leaves. Meanwhile, at the onset of winter, watering is subsequently reduced.

Arrowhead Plant Temperature & Humidity 

While it’s correct to assume that variegated Syngonium would prefer a warm spot and a high humidity level, an average room temperature ( if treated as an indoor plant ) would work just fine.

Try to maintain an even temperature between 60°F and 80°F (15°C – 26°C). Not letting the room temperature drop below 60°F ensures faster and optimum growth. However, it’s important to note that a warmer temperature would require you to water your plants more often.

misting plants

A humidity of at least 50 – 60% mimics the environment your Syngonium is used to. Misting twice weekly, setting up a pebble tray, and a room humidifier are ways to improve humidity levels inside your home.

Fertilizing Syngonium Albo Variegatum

Syngonium Albo are not heavy feeders. Hence, fertilizer use is usually done in moderation. Once the vine starts growing, a water-based, all-purpose fertilizer diluted by half may be given every four weeks after watering.

Or, you can use the usual fertilizer you give your other houseplants to provide your Syngonium with the mineral and nutrient boost it needs, especially after repotting.

How to Propagate Syngonium Albo

syngonium in water

Using stem/apical cuttings is the most efficient method for propagating your arrowhead vine. You can easily do this by cutting sections from apical shoots of the original plant, at least 3-4 inches close to the roots. Choose sections having at least one or two leaves.

Put your cuttings in the water and wait for the roots to develop, which may only take a few weeks. You may also make use of rooting hormones to ensure faster root growth.

Once the roots have formed and some new leaves appear stable, you may transfer your Syngonium to a small pot and place it in a medium to bright light room.

Syngonium Albo Variegatum Similar Plants and Other Varieties

Syngonium species are undoubtedly subject to the interest of plant breeders, given their aesthetic value as ornamental plants. For years, miniature and dwarf varieties having exceptionally lush cascading foliage have been developed and introduced to the market.

Below are some of the most common Syngonium varieties that you may also find interesting.

Syngonium podophyllum angustatum

Syngonium podophyllum angustatum

Syngonium Podophyllum angustatum is a prolific breed known for its green stems (when young) and big blades attached to long, arcing petioles. The blade has several leaflets which have an elongated shape.

The flowers are relatively small (7-14 cm long), and the clusters are borne in groups of 4-7 in the upper leaf forks.

Syngonium Albo Variegata ‘Imperial White’

Imperial white

The Syngonium Imperial White, as the name implies, is a white-leaved variety. The stunning variegation comprises contrasting deep green leaves and white patches.

This is perhaps one of the rarest arrowhead plants in the market. They grow well under bright, indirect sunlight and relatively humid conditions.

Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pink Allusion’

pink allusion

The Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pink Allusion’ is a compact variety and features shiny light green leaves with dark green edges and blushing pink veins. Like most Syngonium varieties, they would grow favorably in moist potting mix in a spot not receiving direct sunlight or in dappled shade.

Syngonium podophyllum ‘neon robusta’ 

neon robusta

Another cultivar that flaunts rosy-pink foliage is the neon robusta, which is undeniably a spectacular specimen. The new growth has more heart-shaped ovate leaves, while the older ones become over-arrow-shaped.

While this arrowhead vine cultivar may appear intimidating, it is hard to kill and has a high tolerance for moisture in the air.

Syngonium podophyllum ‘Holly’


A versatile houseplant, Syngonium podophyllum ‘Holly,’ has light green to almost white variegated leaves with green veins and edges. And as with a typical arrowhead vine, it tends to creep at any corner.

Note that all parts of the plant are poisonous, so be careful not to place them in a spot too low that your pets may easily chew on them.

Syngonium Albo Variegatum Diseases and Pests

Overwatering is an issue when it comes to either stem or root rotting. Hence, it is highly recommended to do a dryness test in the soil first before watering. Syngonium can bounce back easier when faced with drought stress but not with overwatering, which certainly has irreversible consequences for plant growth.

Meanwhile, Syngonium pests are spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, and scale. However, with proper care and management, pests rarely become a threat.

Frequently Asked Questions

For most Syngonium plants, repotting are usually done every other year as they have a tendency to become rootbound.

Begin by removing the plant gently from its current container. Get rid of any dirt that clings into the root and untangle if needed. Fill the new larger pot with your soil mix halfway through the top, transfer the plant, and fill the pot completely.

Transferring to a larger pot encourages faster and much healthier growth.

The best thing about an arrowhead vine is that can either let the trailing vines grow down as they would in a hanging basket, or prune the plant and encourage bushy new growth.

Do this by pinching the tops of the shoot above 6-7 leaves to form the crown from your newly rooted Syngonium. Be sure to wear gloves as the plant produces milky sap that can cause skin irritation. Trim back the leafy stems and reduce the length of overly long shoots. Retain the aerial roots of your syngonium and remove the green and woody shoots.

Indoor Syngoniums is a fast-growing plant species that can grow up to 3-6 ft. tall (0.9 – 1.8 m) and spans at about 2 ft. (60 cm).

If you’re looking for a Syngonium albo plant, you have a couple of options. Visit a local nursery near you or browse online plant stores like Plantly, where Syngonium albo is available for purchase.

To keep your Syngonium albo from reverting to green, provide bright indirect light, use well-draining soil, maintain stable temperatures within the preferred range, increase humidity if needed, avoid direct sun, prune any reverted stems/leaves, and fertilize regularly.

Diligent monitoring of light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, and overall care is critical. With proper growing conditions and care, you can maintain the beautiful white variegation of this plant.

Overwatering causes root rot and yellow leaves. Let soil dry out between waterings.
Too much direct sun scorches leaves yellow. Provide bright, indirect light.
Low humidity leads to yellow leaf tips. Increase humidity.
Cold temps under 55°F (13°C) can cause yellowing. Keep warm.
Older leaves may yellow and drop. But multiple yellow leaves need more care.
Adjust water, light, humidity and temps. Proper care prevents yellowing.

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