Syngonium Pink is a lovely house plant with patterned and colorful leaves to brighten any room. It isn’t too difficult to care for and retains its color even without substantial bright sunlight, making it the perfect option for houseplant aficionados and newcomers alike.
This article covers:
- What Pink Syngonium is and what it looks like
- How to care for it including the right light conditions, soil, and water schedule
- Common problems with the plant and what to do about them
Let’s get started!
Table of Contents
What is Syngonium Pink?
Syngonium Pink podophyllum, also known as the arrowhead vine, is one of the most popular houseplants around the globe because of its formidable attitude, easy maintenance, and bright colors.
The Pink Syngonium variety is an evergreen of the Araceae family that originates from the West Indies, South America, and Mexico and prefers humidity, moisture, and indirect light.
With leaves that are large and shaped like arrowheads, the vibrant patterns and bright pink colors are fantastic for adding to a certain appearance.
They do have a tendency to spread out in various directions (up to 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide!), so some careful pruning can keep them shaped for interior use.
They have the ability to bloom into flowers, but rarely do when grown inside. The variegation on the light pink leaves is often preferred, but some varieties have more white and green colors that you may like.
One thing to keep in mind is that Pink Syngonium is toxic, so be wary around pets and young children.
Check out this great video to learn how to turn your Pink Syngonium even pinker!
How to Care for Pink Syngonium
To properly care for the Pink Syngonium plant, you must know what to do for the conditions and environment. This includes the right type of soil, the perfect amount of water, and an optimal amount of sunlight. Let’s look at these factors and more.
The right amount of water is critical for the growth of a Pink Syngonium (or any plant of course), but it is fairly hardy so it can resist slight droughts as well.
This is great news for the lazy or neglectful plant lover, but too long with too little water can start causing discoloration and curling of the leaves. For this plant more than others, it is best to use room-temperature filtered or rain water instead of tap water.
When watering, you want to check the dryness of the soil to ensure that it is completely dry on top. As long as you don’t flood the roots, it is okay, but you do want to wait until the top portion of the soil is dry. This allows you to avoid small watering.
Read More >> 6 Effective Ways To Save An Overwatered Pothos
Syngonium Pink plants don’t need a ton of light and direct light can actually harm them. They do best with medium to bright indirect light, but some varieties can survive well in dim light.
The species and individuals with darker colors will typically do better in lower light levels, but those with white, yellow, or slightly pink leaves will prefer more light.
Too little light and the foliage will become sparse and growth will slow. We recommend placing it away from a window that is facing the East or North. This typically provides the right amount of indirect light.
Temperature and Humidity
Pink Syngonium should do well in your normal indoor temperatures because it flourishes in a range of 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (16 to 22 degrees Celsius). The most important thing is to make sure that the temperature does not drop down too much below 65 degrees F for any prolonged length of time.
It is also best to keep your Syngonium Pink away from vents that blow direct warm or cool air onto the leaves and stems.
They can grow well outdoors if you live in USDA zone 10 through 12 as long as you bring it inside when it drops down below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Humidity is also critical for the well-being of your Syngonium Pink plant. It prefers humidity levels above 40 percent, which is not always easy, especially for outdoor growth. Indoors, you can always use a humidifier, pebble tray, or spray the leaves occasionally.
Syngonium Pink likes acidic soil that is well draining, but still heavy and full of important nutrients. In general, you want to aim for a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5.
A soil mixture that contains perlite and peat moss is often suggested for Syngonium Pink growth and happiness because it is similar to what they naturally find in their native habitats.
Diluted fertilizer can be helpful for the growth and color of your plant. It is usually a good idea to only apply it about once per month during the growing season, and then cease feeding during the Fall and Winter months.
Water-based fertilizers are best, but slow-release granules can also work depending on your personal preference.
Propagation and Repotting
The best way to propagate Syngonium Pink is with stem cuttings. Try to cut a root stem as close to the central root as possible that has a few leaves on it, preferably between three and four leaves. Make sure you mist it and soak it in water to propagate.
You will want to repot Syngonium Pink every one to two years to make sure that it has enough space for lively growth. Just be careful when gently removing the arrowhead vine from its old pot and use fresh soil.
Pruning is an essential part of maintenance for Syngonium Pink because they can easily become overgrown and rampant. Not only does it keep it more organized and attractive, but it can also add to the fullness of the foliage.
It is best to do your pruning during the Spring when the plant is growing fast. When you prune, make sure that you take off the stem right after a node to allow it to grow back.
Common Problems with Pink Syngonium
There are some common problems that you may encounter when growing your Pink Syngonium plants and knowing how to identify those problems and repair them is a good idea to ensure healthy growth. Let’s look at some of the problems and what you should do to address them.
Pink Syngonium are tough and unlikely to get severe pest infestations, but they can still attract some problematic pests.
Spider mites and mealybugs are some of the most common types of pests to keep an eye out for. They will eat the sap of the Syngonium Pink plant, which can damage or even kill your arrowhead plant.
To get rid of these insects and pests, insecticidal soap works really well. Then, be sure to remove the dead leaves from the plant after the infestation has been eliminated. In addition, you can use neem oil to remove pests.
Root rot is the most likely disease that can attack your plant and keep it from getting the essential nutrients it needs to survive. It usually happens when you overwater the Syngonium Pink.
Make sure that the soil is draining well and remove the affected roots and replace the old soil with a new, fresh well-draining soil mixture. Check to make sure that the water drains out the bottom when you water and that the top ⅓ of the soil (at least) is completely dry.
This is usually caused by dehydration and can happen to the leaves as well as the stems. It is usually not a serious problem as long as you catch it quickly enough because Syngonium Pink plants can withstand slight drought. Just make sure to water the plant thoroughly without soaking the root system for too long.
When Pink Syngonium plants change colors, you may not be too happy since you probably want the bright pink color and contrasting variegation.
If the plant is turning more green, especially darker green colors, that is most likely caused by too much fertilizer. Reduce feedings until the problem improves and then resume, making sure to use diluted fertilizer.
If the leaves are turning brown, then the problem could be dehydration. It can also be caused by too much direct sunlight, which scorches the leaves. Usually, this will cause them to turn yellow first, but when it happens you want to move the plant further from sunlight or provide it with more shade, especially during Summer.
Curling leaves can make your plant look sick and shameful. This can be caused by a lot of factors including pests, too little or too much water, root rot, and more. This is because it is caused by extremely stressful conditions, no matter what they are.
Just make sure to follow the correct guidelines for a healthy Syngonium Pink plant and replace the soil to ensure it has enough nutrients.
Final Thoughts on Pink Syngonium
Syngonium Pink plants are colorful, fun, and easy to take care of. The pink color splashed with hints of green and white can be a lovely addition to anybody’s home as long as you provide it with indirect light, plenty of water, and well-draining soil. They are great for hanging baskets and pots and are sure to bring you a lot of joy.