Syngonium with green leaves can be overbearing for few, this is why most people like to grow Syngonium Pink Splash.
It is eye feasting to watch pink leaves of this Syngonium variety.
But, gardeners complain that with time pink leaves turn green or bleach. How can you keep the Syngonium pink more pink?
It is a known fact that plant gets green colour from a pigment called chlorophyll. When you expose this houseplant towards more sunlight, leaves turn greener.
To make your Syngonium plant leaves pink, you must provide medium light or bright sunlight with adequate watering, ample humidity with dappled shade.
Note: To grow pink leafed arrowhead plant, you must choose a variety or cultivar that is known to have pink leaves.
In this write-up you’ll learn simple steps that make Syngonium podophyllum stay healthy with vibrant pink color.
How to Keep Pink Syngonium Pink?
If you care to water regularly and maintain humidity levels with moderate sunlight, you can make Syngonium pink splash more pink.
As mentioned in the note above, there are more than 18 varieties of Syngonium pink varieties. You should choose the appropriate arrowhead pink variety.
I personally like Syngonium Neon Robusta, with its pure pink leaves and pink veins it can beautify your houseplant collection.
Other varieties like Syngonium Bold Allusion, Syngonium Mango Allusion and Syngonium Pink Splash can be grown to beautify your living space.
This plant prefers medium light, which means you can read a book without artificial light. Even the sunlight shouldn’t be direct. An east facing window suits best to grow arrowhead plant.
To keep Syngonium leaves pink you must give lesser sunlight, so more sunlight you expose your plant to the more green the leaves become.
This is because of a pigment called chlorophyll. With maximum sunlight exposure, chlorophyll levels increases and in medium light its levels decreases giving this plant pinkish color.
As mentioned earlier, unless you forget to water and provide adequate light, it is damp simple to grow Syngonium pink splash. Below mentioned are few tips with which you can make arrowhead plant leaves pink.
1. Bright Indirect Sunlight
A common sign that your pink Syngonium isn’t receiving enough light is the growth rate of plant slows down and its vibrant pink color starts to fade.
Most arrowhead plant varieties prefer medium to bright filtered light. However, there are few varieties with dark colored leaves that can be grown in low light and some prefer bright indirect light.
Note: If you expose this houseplant to extreme direct sunlight then it can burn its leaves.
Some tips include:
- Choose a spot in your room where the plant can get bright indirect sunlight. A window facing towards east is recommended, as it brings ample amount of morning sunlight.
- If there is a chance of direct sunlight hitting your plant, then move your arrowhead plant away from window.
- These plants can be grown in hanging basket and if your place isn’t getting enough sunlight then use artificial grow lights.
(Read on my article on how much sunlight does arrowhead plant needs?)
Another reason why you should grow pink Syngonium indoors (if you want pink leaves) is that this plant requires higher levels of humidity (40% to 50%) and it’s not possible to maintain ideal humidity levels outdoors.
A bathroom where humidity levels are maintained can be perfect place to grow Syngonium pink splash. You can also place them in your living room, but depending on climatic conditions in your region you might have to use humidifier.
You can also mist leaves with water sprayer to maintain humidity levels of the plant.
Cleaning houseplant leaves regularly also contribute in healthy growth of the plant.
3. Adequate Watering
Watering has greater impact on overall growth of houseplants.
If you mastered watering Syngonium, then you can easily propagate Syngonium varieties in your garden.
Overwatering, which is common among houseplants can result in root rot and discolored foliage.
Pink Syngonium plants are drought tolerant and you’re advised to water only when the potting soil is dry.
With higher humidity levels you might not needed to water your plant regularly.
Potting soil also plays vital role in watering frequency, which I’ll discuss in detail below.
- To avoid underwatering or overwatering, inspect the growing soil using your index finger. Water generously if you find the top 2 inch soil is dry.
- Avoid using tap water, as it may contain harmful chemicals. Use only distilled water or rainwater.
4. Ideal Temperature
This plant is sensitive towards extreme temperatures.
Avoid placing your Syngonium pink splash beside heater or AC vents. It negatively impacts the plant growth.
Ideal temperature to grow arrowhead plant ranges from 65F to 85F.
With increasing outside temperature you should increase watering frequency to keep the plant well hydrated.
Those who’re growing their Syngonium outside should bring the plants indoors if the night temperature falls below 60F.
5. Well-drained Potting Soil
Growing soil has great impact on overall growth of the plant. With soggy soil you won’t be able to avoid common Syngonium plant problems like overwatering, underwatering, yellowing of leaves and pests.
Either buy well-drained potting soil from store or make it at home. Your potting soil must include peat moss, perlite and garden soil.
Apart from draining excess water, ideal potting soil must retain necessary moisture.
Also include old compost to the potting soil mix to give initial boost to your plant.
This plant is a vine and if you want to have a bushier growth, you must prune.
Don’t hesitate to cut this prolific grower, as it promotes robust growth and when tamed regularly they produce more new young pink leaves.
Spring is the best time to prune your Syngonium plants. New stems emerge from the pruned nodes.
Use disinfected and sharp cutters to prune houseplants.
Unlike veggies, most houseplants aren’t heavy feeders. Same goes with pink Syngonium plant.
Use slow-releasing fertilizer to enrich the potting soil.
You can use balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice in a month during growing season.
In winter, you don’t have to fertilize the plant as it will be in dormant stage.
Remember: Over-fertilization can result in yellow Syngonium leaves.
Though Syngonium is resistant towards pests, not taking proper care may attract pests like mealybugs and spider mites.
Regularly inspect the plant to identify infestation and use organic pesticide to get rid of them.
You can also make your own homemade neem oil as spray to thwart pests.
Is Pink Syngonium Toxic?
Yes, if ingested Syngonium podophyllum (pink Syngonium) is toxic to pets and human.
Small amount can trigger mouth irritation and swelling, while taking in larger amount can cause difficulty in breathing.
This is why you should keep Syngonium away from reach of pets and children.
Can you grow Syngonium from cuttings?
You can grow this houseplant through cutting.
- Choose a healthy stem and cut below the node.
- Remove lower leaves from the stem, by leaving fewer leaves at the top.
- Plant this cutting in well-drained potting soil.
- Mist with water.
- Place the pot in humid and warm environment.
- Ensure to keep the soil moist, but not with excess water.
- New plant growth start in few weeks.
- You can transplant the new plant to another container.
Common Growing Problems of Syngonium Pink Splash
If you can avoid these common problems of Syngonium pink splash, then you can keep your plant leaves pink and healthy.
- Overwatering – this is very common, water this plant only when the top 2 inches of the soil is dry.
- Underwatering – it is drought tolerant but it too need moist to produce food. Drooping leaves is a common sign that your plant needs water.
- Low humidity – dry air results in brown tips. Maintain ideal humidity levels.
- Inadequate sunlight – direct sunlight can burn leaves, this houseplant need medium filtered light.
- Pests – use organic insecticide to get rid of mealybugs and spider mites.
- Temperature – Syngonium prefer warmer climate. Colder climates may slow down plant growth. Maintain 65-85F temperature.
- Root-bound – Repot when the roots of this houseplant outgrow the pot. Else, leaves of Syngonium plant turns yellow with stunted growth.
Keeping Syngonium pink plant pink requires no gardening expertise.
With proper growing conditions your can enhance your living space with pink arrowhead plant leaves.
Sunlight and humidity are two main things that can make Syngonium plant leaves pink.
Keep the plant where it gets medium light with ample amount of humidity. Bathroom is the best place for optimal humid environment.
More your expose the plant towards sunlight, they turn green. In some cases, harsh direct sunlight can burn plant leaves.
Of course, watering, choosing well-drained soil and fertilizing also contribute towards vibrant pink leaves.
A state university research states that overwatering is the number one cause of yellowing leaves. So, avoid watering your Syngonium in excess.
Which Syngonium plant variety you’d choose to grow in your home for pink leaves?