Syngonium podophyllum cv 'Albovirens' is a showy cultivar of Syngonium. It is a much slower growing form and is well suited for indoor gardens. In its juvenile form, the leaves are almost totally green with only a few variegations along the midrib and side veins. As the plants mature, however, the variegations will progressively cover the leaf until the entire leaf is variegated, with only the margins remaining green. Leaves will reach 1 foot (30 cm) long by one-third as wide with up to 2-foot (60 cm) long petioles. They are easy to grow and make a good plant for interiorscapes and for containers.
Blooming Time: They will usually bloom in the spring in nature and will sometimes bloom in containers if the conditions are right. The inflorescences are subtended by white spathes about 4 inches (10 cm) long. Not very showy.
Culture: Syngonium podophyllum cv 'Albovirens' need a rich, well-drained soil mix, with partial shade to high interior lighting. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The plants are well watered, then allowed to dry slightly before watering again. In containers they are fertilized on a monthly basis with a balanced fertilizer. If planted in interiorscapes, they should be watered regularly and plants should be supported for good growth. During the winter months, water should be restricted, but the plants should never be allowed to dry out thoroughly.
Propagation: Syngonium podophyllum cv 'Albovirens' are propagated by cutting or by air layering.
Syngonium podophyllum cv 'Albovirens' was featured as Plant of the Week March 5-11, 2004.
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