Friday, November 6, 2009

Neon Nephthytis


I've owned this Neon Nephthytis for several years now. My living conversation piece is stunningly pink! Unlike the green-leaf members of its family, it prefers a fair amount of direct sun.
 
It's such an interesting study in the effect of light on plants. The shades of pink in its leaves will vary quite a bit, depending on how much direct sun it gets. Without some direct sun its leaves will appear much greener. So interesting!

These native Central and South American Nephthytis species are botanically known as Syngonium podophyllum. They are among the easiest of houseplants to grow indoors. I would definitely recommend one for a beginner.

Care Instructions--
  • Preferably some direct sun for best color. Full afternoon sun may be too strong.
  • Water when the top of the soil is good and dry or up to 1/2" ( about a couple of cm)  below the surface in larger pots .Give it a thorough soak.
  • The plant pictured here is in a 10" (25cm) diameter pot and should accept about a quart (almost a liter) of water when ready.  
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • It can be pruned or cut back from time to time to keep the plant looking full. The cuttings will easily root in water. 
  • They can even be grown in water but do add a splash of water mixed with fertilizer occasionally. The water in the container should be dumped out and refreshed every  week or so. 
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***For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click below

The Indoor Garden TV show


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