For a camouflaged and large-leafed plant that is easy to care for and keep around the house, you may want to consider Syngonium Mojito. It is a popular choice that brings greenery into your home that can liven up your mood. In fact, did you know that keeping houseplants around can reduce your stress levels?
This article covers:
- What Syngonium Mojito is and other names for the variety of houseplant
- How to care for it and keep it healthy
- Some common problems that you may encounter
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What is Syngonium Mojito?
Syngonium Mojito is the common name for Syngonium Podophyllum and is a native plant to Central America and Mexico.
It offers colors of dark and light green intermixed on the large, split leaves. It is lovely and brightens up any room. They are also quite easy to take care of and keep colorful and healthy.
While a little rarer than other houseplants, you should be able to find them online or at stores in your area at least occasionally throughout the year.
A Syngonium Army is a Syngonium Mojito, but sold under a different name because of the variation that has a similar appearance to camouflage.
It still has the dark green combined with the minty texture and is the exact same plant as the Mojito variety, just under a different common name.
Mottle Syngonium and Arrowhead Ivy are also the same plant species under other names that you may see when shopping around for a sapling or houseplant.
To see what Syngonium Mojito and other varieties look like and to learn a little more about them, check out this cool video:
How to Take Care of Syngonium Mojito
While this houseplant is not very difficult to care for properly, you still have to know what type of light, water, soil, and other factors to use to ensure that it is fully healthy. Otherwise, you can end up with some problems that can impact the appearance of the Syngonium Mojito or even cause it to die.
Let’s look at each of these requirements and how to provide the optimal conditions for growth and vibrancy.
Your Syngonium Mojito requires indirect light throughout most of the day to encourage bright and vivid colors, but it can tolerate being farther away from a light source as well.
We recommend placing the plant less than 6 feet from a South facing window to ensure proper, but indirect light.
If you do decide to move it further away from light, then it should survive, but the variation between the lighter and darker greens may start to fade.
You will want to let the Syngonium Mojito dry out about halfway before watering and check it often, about once a week. Only water when it needs it to avoid flooding the root system.
It is a drought-resistant plant, but for rapid growth and development, you do want to keep it moist at all times, which means frequent light waterings are best.
It grows the most in the Summer and Spring, which means you will have to water more during those months. In general, it will need water once a week during those seasons and only about once every two weeks during the Winter.
A Syngonium Mojito houseplant does not necessarily need fertilizer, but using some will allow it to grow faster, especially during warmer months.
It is best to use fertilizer once a month during the Spring and Summer, but even once every couple of months can work well enough to keep your houseplant well-fed and healthy.
A slightly diluted all-purpose houseplant fertilizer should work beneficially for the plant and apply the fertilizer during watering to improve absorption of the nutrients. You can also use slow-release granular fertilizer at the start of Spring for long-term growth.
Well-draining soil is a necessity for Syngonium Mojito plants. It is a vine and works okay in most standard potting soils, but since it is susceptible to root rot you will have to be careful.
You can use about 20% perlite added to the soil to keep it from getting drenched and drowned.
The soil will be optimized at around a pH of 5.5 to 6.5 and you can create your own potting mix with 50 percent peat and 50% potting soil.
When watering, double-check to make sure that the water does drain out throughout the bottom into the tray.
Temperature and Humidity
Since Syngonium Mojito is a tropical and subtropical plant species, it definitely prefers warm temperatures, but growing it in your own home makes that an unlikely change you want to make unless you get cold easily.
Temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 degrees Celsius are harmful to the plant’s growth and health and it will do best between around 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 15 to 29 degrees Celsius.
The houseplant will also like humidity and does poorly in dry environments so you do not want to place it directly next to a vent used for heat. Around 50 percent humidity is perfect and will allow the plant to flourish and be happy.
If the humidity levels decrease too much, you can always spray a little water onto the leaves to create a humid area that is fantastic for the health of the Syngonium Mojito. You can do this a few times each week as necessary.
Another option that you can use for humidity is to lay the pot into a tray that has stones that will direct the moisture back toward the plant. If you live in a very dry region, then a humidifier could be necessary during the driest months.
It is a good idea to regularly prune Syngonium Mojitos so that their growth is not stunted. Pruning allows it to grow fuller and creates a luscious houseplant that can beautify your home.
When pruning, you need to wear gloves because the plant can get quite sappy which can be annoying and even irritate your skin. Also, wash your hands after you are done with the pruning process.
Common Problems with Syngonium Mojito
There are some common problems that could arise when you are caring for your plant. Keeping them in mind and knowing how to address the problems should they occur can help you keep your plant healthy and pretty.
Let’s look at the most common problems like yellow leaves and leaf curling.
You surely want your Syngonium Mojito to remain bright green and dark green in perfect variegation and when the leaves turn yellow you don’t get that wonderful combination of colors.
As soon as the leaves begin to turn yellow, you will want to address the problem so that they don’t get worse or die.
The most common cause of yellowing leaves with a Syngonium Mojito is improper watering. This issue can be caused by both under and overwatering, so you will want to make sure that you are watering it enough, when the top of the soil gets dry, and not too much by ensuring that it gets proper drainage and doesn’t become flooded.
Humidity issues can also cause yellow leaves, so if the watering doesn’t fix the problem then dry air could be the culprit.
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When leaves curl they do not show as much of the surface area and the wonderful colors you adore about your Syngonium Mojito houseplant. That’s a problem that you definitely want to fix.
The factor that contributes mostly to curled leaves is poor humidity level, typically on the lower side since this species loves humid, tropical environments.
When this happens, try moving it to an area with more humidity, place it on a pebble tray, or place a humidifier in the area. You can spray the leaves a couple of times a day as well. This problem is often an issue with the season in a dry area but is often very easy to solve as well.
Leaves can get crispy and crunchy and there are several potential causes of this problem. This is a bad sign for the overall health of the plant and needs immediate assistance if you want to keep the root system intact and the Syngonium Mojito alive.
The most likely cause is underwatering, so make sure that the plant is getting enough moisture with damp soil at all times except right before a water feeding.
Low humidity, like with curled leaves, can also be a cause of leaf crisping. Try spraying the leaves or using another method to add humidity into the space around the plant.
Too much direct sunlight or too much heat can also contribute to this problem, so double-check that as well.
If none of these solutions fix the crisp leaves, then you may also want to check to make sure that the soil is healthy and that it is well-fertilized. While this is unlikely to be the cause, if the soil does not retain water enough or if the plant lacks nutrients, then that can worsen the issue and make it unlikely for the other solutions to repair the issue at all.
Final Thoughts on Syngonium Mojito
A Syngonium Mojito is a wonderful houseplant for aficionados and those new to the plant world alike. You can create a perfect environment for the health of this plant species quite easily, but it does like humid and warm atmospheres best. Also, as soon as the leaves become brittle, yellow, or curled, be sure to address the underlying cause. Enjoy your Syngonium Mojito and the wonderful variegated green colors!