Today we are helping this little Syngonium Podophyllum, commonly known as Arrowhead plant or American Evergreen. Its owner, let’s call him Oliver, messaged us because older leaves of his plant keep turning yellow and appear damaged.
Here is what we think: Looking at the picture Oliver sent us and taking into account that he is watering his plant quite often, we believe the plant is being overwatered. The Arrowhead plant likes moisture, but the soil should not be kept too wet. We recommend waiting for the top soil to dry out before watering again. If kept too wet, this might cause root rot. The Arrowhead likes warmth and humidity. Temperatures should not drop below 16 °C and we recommend spraying water on the leaves. If the surrounding air is very dry, you should mist the plant daily. Avoid placing the plant on or next to heaters.
The leaves of the Arrowhead come in many varieties, including this mix of white and green. However, taking a closer look at the picture, the colour of one leaf appears extremely faded and leaf damage is visible (brown edges, tips and holes). This is a strong indication that your plant isn’t happy with the light levels. Burns and bleaching like this can be caused by exposure to direct sunlight. We would recommend moving your plant to a different spot, away from direct sunlight. The plant does tolerate low lighting to some extent, but generally does much better when it receives bright, indirect light. Providing good humidity for your plant as described above will also help to prevent the occurrence of brown leaf tips and edges.
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