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Syngonium Red Spot Tricolor – GIY Plants

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If you’re asking yourself, what is a Syngonium red spot tricolor, don’t worry – we’re here to help! Syngonium red spot tricolor is a houseplant from the Araceae family and is part of the Syngonium genus. Its scientific name is Syngonium podophyllum, and it’s a Perennial type of plant that originates from South America, Mexico, and Bolivia.

Defining characteristics of the red spot tricolor plant are variegated red/pink, green, and white foliage with green stems. When grown against a wall or backing, it can reach 16ft tall or 5m. You can also find this plant listed under the names of tricolor red spot, arrowhead plant, and red spot tricolor Syngonium.

Syngonium Red Spot Tricolor Care

The great thing about arrowhead plant care is that it is easy. And with the proper knowledge, you can ensure your plant thrives.

From soil types to lighting needs and everything in between, you will find the information you need about the plant’s care below.


Like many houseplants, tricolor red spots enjoy well-draining soil. The addition of peat moss is advisable for this plant. To further ensure the soil drains properly, you will want to place the plant in a pot with adequate drain holes. It is also important to note that the soil pH should be between 5.5 and 6.0.


Keeping a mesic amount of moisture in the soil is optimal for the arrowhead plant. The best way to avoid over or under-watering the plant is by letting the top 2in of soil dry.


Avoiding direct sunlight is best for the Syngonium tricolor. It thrives most when placed in bright but indirect lighting, although it can survive in a low-light environment.

Humidity & Temperature

Since the plant flourishes and is even becoming invasive in tropical rainforests, it prefers similar conditions[1]. Warmer temperatures between 65°F and 80°F or 18.3°C and 26.57°C are most suitable. It is also critical to maintain a high humidity level; you can do this by misting the plant frequently.


If you need to fertilize your tricolor red spot Syngonium, use a mild liquid fertilizer for indoor plants. Additionally, when using fertilizer, apply it once a month when the plant is actively growing and discontinue use once winter arrives.


To propagate this Syngonium, take cuttings and root them in either soil or water. When rooting in water, submerge the cutting’s node and change the water once a week. Once your roots form in the water, you can transfer it to a planter with a well-draining soil mixture.

Diseases & Pests

Known diseases for Syngonium plants, including tricolor red spots, are bacterial blight, stem rot, myrothecium leaf spot, and phosphorus deficiency.

If you notice a foul odor or dark green spots engulfing the leaves, your plant may have bacterial blight or stem rot. When that happens, you will need to discard the plant[2].

Myrothecium Leaf Spot causes fungal fruiting structures and browning leaves. If your plant has Myrothecium Leaf Spot, you need to apply a fungicide and avoid excessive use of nitrogen fertilizers.

With phosphorus deficiency, you may notice your plant has more dead spots amongst the lower leaves. If this occurs, use a balanced fertilizer.

Additionally, the plant is susceptible to common pests such as spider mites, aphids, scales, and mealybugs. These bugs can affect growth and overall plant health. That is because they remove sap or damage the cells. Use an appropriate insecticide if you notice these pests on your tricolor red spot.


This plant can be toxic if consumed. It contains calcium oxalate crystals which cause drooling, vomiting, and swelling, especially when consumed by cats and dogs.

Syngonium Red Spot Tricolor vs Pink Splash

Pink splash is not the same as Syngonium red spot tricolor. Novice plant collectors often conflate the two because pink splash can also fall under the name of red spot. The differences between the two plants are that the tricolor variety tends to be more variegated by having bits of white strewn throughout the green and pink coloring.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Syngonium red spot rare?

Syngonium red spot is a rare house plant that also goes by the name pink splash. People often mistake the plant for the Syngonium red spot tricolor. But, it is also important to note that the red spot tricolor variety of Syngonium is rare too.

How fast does a red spot tricolor Syngonium grow?

All Syngonium plants are fast growers, including red spot tricolor. Although, there is not a set growth rate for Syngoniums. But if you are hoping for rapid growth, tricolor red spot grows the fastest in bright but indirect lighting. Low lighting still allows the plant to grow, but not as quickly.

Does Syngonium need sunlight?

Syngonium plants, including red spot tricolor, perform best when exposed to bright but indirect lighting. These plants endure low light but do not flourish under those conditions. Direct sunlight can burn the foliage.

Does arrowhead plant purify air?

Arrowhead plant, also known as Syngonium podophyllum ‘red spot tricolor’, can purify air. It improves air quality by removing mold spores, actinomycetes, VOCs, and more[3].


[1]Sandoval, J. R., & Rodríguez, P. A. (2013, December 7). Syngonium podophyllum (arrowhead vine). CABI. Retrieved October 7, 2022, from https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/52285 

[2]Moorman, G. W. (2016, July 31). Syngonium Diseases. PennState Extension. Retrieved October 8, 2022, from https://extension.psu.edu/syngonium-diseases 

[3]Tanbouly, R. E., Hassan, Z., & Messeiry , S. E. (2021, June 30). The Role of Indoor Plants in air Purification and Human Health in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic. NIH National Library of Medicine. Retrieved October 8, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8279815/

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