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As the name implies, this Syngonium brings you patterned foliage with a vibrant pink splash that will certainly make your home garden unapologetically aesthetic!
What is Syngonium Pink Splash?
The Syngonium Pink Splash or simply known as Pink Syngonium (Syngonium podophyllum) is a hardy evergreen and a member of the plant family Araceae.
Some of the common names of this relatively popular indoor plant are Arrowhead plant or Arrowhead vines, and goosefoot plant. Syngoniums are believed to have originated from the West Indies, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Ecuador.
Their most notable features are their arrow-shaped deep green leaves, a pointed front end, and a broader, lobed stem end. The distinct ‘paint-like’ markings are contrasting with the dark green foliage, hence ‘pink splash’ being added to the name.
Syngonium Pink Splash Care
The Pink syngonium plant is not intimidating as it looks, their ease of care is one of the reasons why they are a staple plant for home gardeners to freshen up spaces. But it pays to be informed, so let’s go through the basics of pink syngonium care.
Ideal Potting Mix for Syngonium Pink Splash
When choosing the best media for your pink syngonium, know that they thrive in a well-draining soil mixed with peat moss and perlite. As the plant roots tend to stay small and shallow, they can live well in smaller pots for long periods. Of course, under favorable growing conditions.
However, if you observe that the pink syngonium’s growth becomes stunted or that the plant has become root-bound, that’s the time that you need to repot the plant. Generally, a slightly acidic potting mix (pH level between 5 and 6.5) or a soil mix that is rich in organic nutrients plus excellent drainage promotes optimum growth.
As long as these are provided, your pink syngonium will ideally thrive whether they’re planted directly into the soil, on potting containers, or in hanging baskets.
Syngonium Pink Light Requirements
In growing pink syngonium, the amount of light they receive is another important note to take. While most syngonium plants can tolerate low-light conditions, the pink splash needs sufficient medium to bright indirect light to maintain the vibrance of their variegation.
Very low light conditions for the Pink Splash can cause reverting which causes the leaves to lose their variegation. Making the colorful foliage becomes solid green – without the typical light-colored pink flashes. Hence, Syngonium pink plants are usually placed in a room with enough sunlight. Either near windows or above windowsills wherein the direct light can pass through any surface first before reaching your plant indoors. You may treat them as an outdoor plant when you live in a warmer climate. Just make sure it’s not situated in an area with direct sunlight.
Bear in mind that direct exposure to bright light can scorch the leaves and cause discoloration. Medium tobright indirect lightis your general guide. One or twice a week, wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and other debris, this will facilitate maximum sunlight absorption and will ensure a healthy plant.
Watering Needs of Syngonium Pink Splash
Allowing the top inch of the soil to dry out in between watering is a recommended practice for tending to the pink syngonium plant. It is oftentimes suggested that watering the plant at room temperature hydrates the plant much better.
Water the plant regularly and thoroughly but ensure that the excess comes out of the drainage holes in the pot. Overwatering of arrowhead vines, as in most cases, can lead to root rot and stem rot. Remember, soggy soil is a no-no.
Temperature and Humidity Requirement
The pink syngonium plant is hardy to USDA Zone 10a and 11. The plant is quite resilient and versatile in terms of ambient growing conditions but it’s always better to observe the most suitable regimes for your arrowhead vine.
Being of tropical origin, you’re correct to assume that they need a relatively high humidity level to thrive, particularly if they’ll be established indoors. Proper room humidity is critical for healthy pink syngonium plant growth, and at least 50 – 60% must be maintained.
Their most strategic locations can be in the bathroom windows or near your kitchen sink. But know that you can easily maintain a fair humidity level by misting your pink syngonium plants one or twice a week. Also, placing them close to your other tropical plants will help improve the retention of air moisture.
Fertilizing Syngonium Pink Splash
Pink syngonium plants usually require fertilizer during the spring and summer to prepare the plant for the growing season. As with most leafy plants and another arrowhead vine, such active growth requires them to have sufficient nutrients in store, and this is true to growing arrowhead plants in general.
An arrowhead plant pot is usually fed with a slow-release fertilizer that could be in the form of granules which are much easier to incorporate in the soil mix. If you’ll be using an all-purpose fertilizer, be sure to dilute it by half.
Moreover, one of the best fertilizers for your syngonium plant is a liquid fertilizer, which offers a package of nutrients that are quickly absorbed which is crucial for plants that are at the hype of their growth.
Syngonium Pink Splash Propagation
Similar to its other counterparts, Syngonium pink splash are easy to propagate and the most common one is the use of stem cutting. Explore the leafy plant following the growth shoot downwards several inches until you reach a pair of “nodes” that you can readily detect by small protruding bumps. Mature plants tend to have a lot of this.
Cut just a few centimeters below the nodes, and take multiple cuttings as you’d like. As the next step, you can either allow your propagules to root in water, or plant them straight into your usual potting mix but with a huge amount of compost. You can also use peat moss just to have that well-textured potting soil.
You can also take advantage of a rooting hormone which can increase the chances of new roots growing. In the winter months, be sure to place the cuttings in a warmer spot and keep the soil moist.
Within 3-4 weeks, you may be able to observe roots that have formed, and by this time, they’re ready for transplanting to a desired potting soil. Water the plant regularly but do not overdo it.
Side note: Aside from taking cuttings off your main plant, pruning your pink syngonium from time to time proves to be beneficial. Removing dead leaves certainly favors new growth, and maintains a neat appearance of your arrowhead vine.
Syngonium Varieties and Other Similar Plants
You’ll be surprised to see more varieties of syngonium plant with multicolored leaves marked with different tones in the market, and here’s a look at some of them:
Syngonium 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. Similar to most Syngonium varieties, they would grow favorably in moist potting mix in a spot not receiving direct sunlight or in dappled shade.
Another cultivar that flaunts rosy-pink foliage is the neon robusta which is undeniably a spectacular specimen to behold. This Syngonium plant will manage in light shade, but will grow best somewhere that’s bright but out of the harsh glare of direct sunlight.
In comparison to Pink splash, Neon Robusta is a bit paler pink having almost no traces of green, and the leaves are more rounded. This Syngonium is hard to kill and has a high tolerance for moisture in the air.
Syngonium Emerald Gem
This Syngonium plant has comparatively large arrowhead-shaped, deep green foliage on short leaf stalks with light green leaf veins. It thrives in medium to high light levels, but no direct sunlight which may consequently lead to scorching of the plant’s foliage.
Syngonium Pink Splash Diseases and Pests Attacks
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. Also, note that young plants need less amount of watering.
Meanwhile, the most common Syngonium pests include spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, and scale. But with proper care and management, pests rarely become a threat to a pink syngonium plant.
When you notice some insects feeding on the leaves of your arrowhead vine, some of the measures you can do is spraying neem oil or applying insecticidal soap onto the leaf surfaces. Avoid using harsh pesticides for this may do more damage than good.
Frequently Asked Questions
Direct exposure to too much light causes leaves to turn green
because of more chlorophyll formation. Find the right balance of indirect bright light as it is the best condition to sustain the color of your pink syngonium.
Leaf curling in Syngonium is often relative to cultural management such as low humidity (below 40 %), overwatering or underwatering, too much light, lack of nutrients, or over-fertilizing. Hence, it’s important to observe closely to identify the real cause and establish a solution.
Encouraging growth is also a matter of proper lighting and nutrients. Syngonium pink tends to grow faster and maintain its vibrant coloring under medium to bright indirect sunlight. Also, giving fertilizers, particularly during the growing season gages optimum growth.
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