Free Syngonium Podophyllum Plants

acalypha hispida plant
A vigorous plant that undergoes quite dramatic changes in habit and leaf shape as it grows. When young it produces arrow-shaped leaves on erect stems. As it gets older, though, the plant produces leaves that are divided into sections on stems which climb and semi-trail. The Syngonium is often featured in bowl plantings, but will quickly get out of control, so is best displayed on its own with a moss pole for support. Because of the untidy habit of growth, this plant is not as popular as the variety S.p. ‘Emerald Gem'. This has more attractively coloured and shaped foliage, is slower-growing and smaller and more compact in stature.

Plant type : Foliage plant with climbing habit that can trail
Season of interest : All year round
Size : 100-200cm (39—78in)
Flower : Unlikely indoors
Leaf : Arrow-shaped on young plants, divided into sections as plant matures, 10-30cm (4 —12in) long, 5-12.5cm (2—5in) wide, green
Temperature : 13-19°C (55—66°F)
Aspect/Light : Well-lit situation, but out of direct sun
Humidity : Moderate to high
Watering : Evenly moisten compost in spring and summer, allowing to dry a little before re-watering; keep drier in autumn and winter
Feeding : Once every two to four weeks with houseplant fertilizer in spring and summer
Propagation : Plant 7.5-10cm (3—4in) tip cuttings in seed and cutting compost at 20-21°C (68—70°F)
Potting : Houseplant potting compost
Problems : Aphid, mealy bug
Availability : Commonly available throughout year
Uses indoors : Trough or planter where it can climb and trail in hall or well-lit room that does not get too warm
Other varieties : S.p. 'Emerald Gem' -light and dark green leaves; smaller and more compact