Houseplant of the Week: Arrowhead Plant

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Arrowhead Plant closeup

Arrowhead plant by User:Omegatron / CC 3.0

Take one look at the lovely Arrowhead Plant and you’ll see where it gets its name. The distinctively shaped leaves are contrasted by their lighter colored veins, giving it a bold and striking look.

This plant is great both as a table topper (if you trim the runners) or as a hanging plant.

Caring for Your Arrowhead Plant

Water: Water well and then allow the top half of the soil to dry out before watering again. Arrowheads droop when they are thirsty but are known to rebound quickly once they get a drink. As with most plants, avoid over-watering, which can lead to root rot.

Food: During the spring and summer (its peak growing time), these plants like fertilizer every couple of weeks. Drop down to once a month in the fall and winter.

Light: The darker green variations of this plant will do okay in low to medium light, but if it’s a lighter green or burgundy/pink variety, they need more light.

Temperature: Anywhere from 60 to 75 degrees works for the arrowhead. They love humidity, but can survive in the normal household humidity. However, keep them away from things that could sap the moisture from them, like air vents or fireplaces.