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THE RETRO INDOOR PLANT YOU NEED RIGHT NOW

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In the 1970s houseplant boom it was known as the Arrowhead plant and sold as nephthytis. Re-named syngonium, this low-maintenanc­e beginner’s plant is back on everyone’s wishlist, pulled from a back catalogue and presented afresh for a new generation to nurture.

Why they’re back

Care factor plus

Need to know

These plants produce calcium oxalate crystals, which can be toxic to pets/kids if consumed. It’s wise to wear gloves and glasses when pruning as the sap can burn and cause skin to blister. Find more tips at Instagram’s @rootdplant­s Syngoniums are enjoying a revival thanks to the increased popularity of aroids among collectors, says Lisa Day, of Root’d Plants. There are more than 40 varieties, and flash new cultivars such as ‘confetti’ and syngonium podophyllu­m variegate (right) are winning fans. A syngonium’s only real desire in life is to climb (a totem or stick will do) or try a hanging basket Provide well-drained soil, an occasional water and full shade. You’ll enjoy explosive growth and, according to NASA, purified air. She will tolerate low-light areas, but rotate often. Keep inside or in a pot if outdoors — she will out-compete natives.

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