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Q.Why My Syngonium Plant Is Dying Again and Again?

dipanwita added on November 20, 2012 | Answered

I have planted Syngonium almost 4 times in a ceramic pot. But each and every time it’s dying. Though I have done this for another pot also and that one is perfectly ok, in this ceramic pot it’s dying. I check its soil moisture every day, but all its leaves are turning yellow and then finally it’s dying. I love to have the plant, take care of fertilizing the soil, and drainage of water properly, but still can’t make it right. I don’t have direct sunlight in may room where the pot is placed, so that’s why I keep it on the balcony. Please help me have the plant healthy bacause I love it too much and can’t see it die.

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Answered on November 20, 2012

How is the pot's drainage. It sounds as if the plant is too wet. Check the drainage in the pot and only water when it's dry to the touch. Also, when newly planted, it is normal for some plants to look a bit ragged (even turning yellow) as they acclimate. If you are planting and then replanting, this could be shocking your plant.

Most of these plants can also tolerate lower light conditions and should not be left in direct sunlight, but bright indirect light. It may be too cool for it outdoors too.

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Answered on December 4, 2012

I agree with all the comments above. I do not understand, however, what you mean by 'dying'? What does the plant actually look like, that causes you to say it is dying? Also, how long a time between repottings? Also when you say you did repotting for another pot that is fine, do you mean you repotted this same plant before and it was ok, or are you talking about a different plant. How long did you have the syngonium before you started repotting it?

Also I am concerned about 'fertilizing' - plants don't need to be fertilized for 6 months at least after they've been potted into fresh soil, and you should never fertilize plants that are not well.

My suggestion would be to leave your plant alone (no more repotting), move it from the outdoor spot to a bright indirect light spot inside, and make sure the soil is drying (aerating) enough between waterings - it should feel very slightly damp between your fingers if you pull up some soil with a spoon from near the bottom of the pot. Do not water until this point is reached. Good luck.

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Answered on November 20, 2012

If you are replacing plants into the same pot, there could be something leaching into the soil harmful to your plant. An easy solution is to put the plant into a plastic pot, and set that into your ceramic pot. Does the ceramic pot have a drainage hole? If not, this may be a part of the problem. This plant does not need to be kept wet. Let it dry slightly between waterings. Syngoniuum does not need sun. It will tolerate a little early morning sun, but prefers bright indirect lighting. This article may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/arrowhead-plant/arrowhead-plant-care-arrowhead-plant-or-syngonium-podophyllum.htm

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