Plant Care Dwarf Princess

Dwarf Princess

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Dwarf Princess has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Dwarf Princess has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

About Dwarf Princess

Syngonium podophyllum is a popular, easy-to-care-for houseplant with beautiful arrowhead shaped leaves. You’ll often see these plants grown in their juvenile stage, but given something to climb on and abundant sunlight you may see them mature into their adult stage! The leaf shape changes as they mature and may even appear to split into three individual leaves. In the wild they can climb up to 65 feet tall. Be sure to handle them with care, as their sap contains oxalic acid which can be very irritating to the skin and eyes. 👀

Taxonomy

Syngonium podophyllum
Syngonium
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Plant, Arrowhead Vine, Five Fingers, Goosefoot, Arrowhead Philodendron, Arrowhead Plant, Nephthytis, African Evergreen, American Evergreen, Berry Allusion, Syngonium Strawberry Ice, Syngonium Confetti, Syngonium Milk Confetti, Syngonium Neon Allusion, Red Heart Syngonium, three kings, Exotic Allusion, Berry Allusion Arrowhead Plant, Silver Pearl, Syngonium Silver Pearl, Maria Allusion Arrowhead, Pink Blitz, Syngonium Pink Blitz, Pink Beauty and Syngonium T24

How to care for Dwarf Princess

💦 Water

How often to water your Dwarf Princess

Water needs for Dwarf Princess
0.5 cups
every 9

Dwarf Princess needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Dwarf Princess

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Arrowhead Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Dwarf Princess: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Dwarf Princess can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Dwarf Princess in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Dwarf Princess

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Dwarf Princess: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Dwarf Princess after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Dwarf Princess is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Arrowhead Plant →

Common Arrowhead Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Dwarf Princess prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Arrowhead Plant Water Frequency →

Arrowhead Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Dwarf Princess can tolerate being far from a window and light source. Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Arrowhead Plant Light Requirements →

Arrowhead Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Dwarf Princess is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Arrowhead Plant Toxicity to Dogs →

Arrowhead Plant Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Dwarf Princess prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Arrowhead Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Dwarf Princess does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

When and How to Successfully Repot Arrowhead Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Dwarf Princess should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Arrowhead Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

Dwarf Princess does not have a typical pattern of dormancy. If you notice their growth slowing down substantially, double check that they are getting enough sunlight and water to thrive!


🌎 Native Region

Dwarf Princess is native to Central America.


🌸 Flowers

Dwarf Princess produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Dwarf Princess is a naturally climbing plant and can be trained to climb indoors if you provide a moss pole or trellis. The newest growth will emerge from the end of the stems.

How and When to Prune Arrowhead Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Dwarf Princess can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Arrowhead Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Dwarf Princess can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Dwarf Princess, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Dwarf Princess

Dwarf Princess

Dwarf Princess


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Dwarf Princess has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 181
Dwarf Princess has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 159
Dwarf Princess has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 139
Dwarf Princess has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 93
Dwarf Princess has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 37
Dwarf Princess has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 15
Dwarf Princess has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 10
@Rachelyork avatar
@@Rachelyork
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe Concord, AR
07/09/2022

Leaves stay a brighter green. It’s easy to clean up when leaves do shed. Propagate by finding nodes along stem and trimming just below, playing node in water. It doesn’t take a lot of care and isn’t fickle about watering or sunlight, in my experience.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
@@TaylorMdeBloomz
leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,202 XP
03/24/2022

No issues so far. One left turned burn and yellow fast. I removed it but since then the plant has been thriving. No issues that I’m aware of yet.

Survivor Survivor
@ClearYuzu avatar
@@ClearYuzu
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Trophy Club, TX
03/22/2022

It’s a great plant and Super easy to take care of it’s very forgiving if I forget to water For a few days After I supposed to I will water in it and it’s looks completely new right after!

Browns easily Browns easily
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@TheresaNMemphis avatar
@@TheresaNMemphis
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,314 XP
globe Memphis, TN
03/19/2022

This plant is so pretty and multiplies fast. Easy to divide and give to friends. Easy to tell when it needs watering. Indirect light and it will thrive

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@HonoredMaylily avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 270 XP
globe Durham, NC
03/19/2022

It grows quickly and the leaves turns from red to green! Beautiful plant!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@sanssouci.rd avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 545 XP
globe Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional
03/05/2022

Never cease to amaze me, how fast it grows and so easy to take care of, also looks amazingg

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@plantmomnewbie avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 238 XP
03/04/2022

I was given a clipping of an AP, and it not only survived a cross country drive, it is alive and thriving while being propped in water! It’s a beautiful plant and I can’t wait to see it thrive even more.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 0 Plants
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globe Fort Lauderdale, FL
02/28/2022

This particular hybrid Syngonium is a smaller leaf variety, remains compact, and grows slowly. Really likes more humidity than bright light so placed near other low light, humidity hungry plants. She grows slowly but getting slightly fuller over the past 8 months.

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leaf-1 89 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
02/02/2022

Gorgeous color. Easy going. Will trail as it matures. 💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@MariansOasis avatar
@@MariansOasis
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 17,398 XP
globe Solana Beach, CA
02/02/2022

Love this plant. Easy to care for. Upright now but can be a trailing plant as it matures. 💚

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@vera avatar
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leaf-1 28 Plants
xp 448 XP
globe Kallang, Singapore
01/21/2022

Hard to die but keeps attracting mealies 😭

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
@BoozyBillsBabe avatar
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leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

Probably one of the easiest plants. Needs a good amount of light and will reach towards the light so remembering to turn this one so it doesn’t become lopsided is key!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
@CarefreeFlatpea avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 91 XP
globe Chapel Hill, NC
01/10/2022

LOVE THIS PLANT!! I keep mine about 10 feet from my window, and it still thrives! The coloring is beautiful, and it has been growing so quickly, even in winter. If you need a low light plant that still looks beautiful, get an arrowhead!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Saundra
leaf-1 72 Plants
xp 4,389 XP
globe Cleveland, OH
01/01/2022

Beautiful leaves; easy care

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 47 Plants
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globe Foley, AL
12/29/2021

I see so many people having great success with these plants but I can’t figure out why my leaves are browning so easily. I keep trying to save it but can’t figure out what’s going on.

Browns easily Browns easily
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This plant grows very quickly and always had a lot of new leaves popping up. I keep mine in ~65% humidity with grow lights and spagnum moss covering the soil

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@mossycabbages avatar
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leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This plant is unconditionally loving and always has lots of new growth. I keep mine in ~65% humidity with grow lights and about an inch deep of spagnum moss on top of the soil for extra humidity

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This plant grows very quickly and always had 3-4 new leaves. I keep mine in ~65% humidity with grow lights and an inch of spagnum moss covering the soil to keep humidity higher

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@mossycabbages avatar
@@mossycabbages
leaf-1 66 Plants
xp 3,455 XP
12/28/2021

This plant grows insanely fast and I always have at least four new leaves. I keep mine at ~65% humidity with grow lights (no natural sunlight) and a layer an inch deep of spagnum moss covering the soil to keep it a little more humid.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Roxanne avatar
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leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 12,686 XP
globe Portland, OR
12/20/2021

Such an easy to care for, non-finicky plant. It’s doubled in size in just a few months and keeps putting out new leaves. Water when soil is dry or leaves get droopy and give it good bright indirect light and it should stay happy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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