Hailing from the rainforests of South America, Syngonium are a genus of subtropical climbers that have weaved their way into many homes and hearts.
Syngonium podophyllum arguably being the most popular species, though – in its mature form – it’s often too big for most terrariums.
That’s where the ‘Pixie’ comes in!
This adorable dwarf variety still stays true to the Arrowhead Vine name with its signature arrow-shaped leaves, but it stays small, compact and fabulous.
Perfect for terrariums and equally small spaces in the home.
Want to find out more? Read on!
What is the Pixie Syngonium? (& How is it so Cute?)
True to its name, Syngonium ‘Pixie’ is positively tiny and full of magic.
(Though, it also goes by the name Goosefoot Plant ‘Pixie’ which I cannot get behind).
With a characteristic creamy white variegation in the centre of the leaves and a deep emerald green around the edges, it’s full to the brim of contrast and colour.
You can expect this miniature variety to not just grow smaller leaves, but generally stay pretty compact… forever.
So, that’s one less plant to worry about trimming back.
Plus, the Dwarf Arrowhead Vine is super forgiving on the care front – what’s not to love?
Where to Buy Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’
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Syngonium ‘Pixie’ Care & Growth
At a Glance
|Lighting||Bright, indirect light|
|Watering||Regular, even moisture|
|Humidity||High humidity (60-90%)|
Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’ is a versatile plant, and it will grow readily in most lighting conditions.
It’ll thrive in bright, indirect light, but it’ll also manage fine in low to medium light settings too (though it may lose some vibrancy/variation).
Remember, unlike the green leaves, the creamy white parts of the plant can’t photosynthesize. So, if your particular plant has an abundance of variegation then you can expect it to struggle in shade conditions.
The brighter the indirect light you can give it, the stronger the variegated colours!
On the other side of the spectrum, try to keep this plant out of direct sunlight to avoid scorching the leaves.
The Arrowhead Vine really appreciates regular, even moisture.
In the wild the, plants of the Syngonium genus can be found naturally growing in riparian areas near streams and waterfalls, so they’re certainly used to it.
Though, they are quite forgiving and you’ll find you have a fair bit of wiggle room.
- In a pot (with a drainage hole please), you’re best watering it thoroughly, and then allowing it to dry out a little. Curling of the delicate leaves will tell you when you need to water again.
- In a terrarium, you’ll want to pair with other moisture-loving plants (e.g. ferns) and look to achieve a water balance on the more generous side. Moist but never saturated.
Substrate / Soil
This versatile plant can grow in a variety of substrates and growth mediums.
Good water retention and drainage are fundamental in making sure these water-loving plants have consistent access to moisture, but never run the risk of root rot.
I’d recommend a coco-coir base (plus earthworm castings for nutrients) and some supplementary drainage elements like vermiculite or pumice.
See my guide to substrate mixes for more help.
Temperature & Humidity
As a native rainforest plant, Syngonium podophyllum ‘Pixie’ with thrive in the warmth and humidity of a closed terrarium environment.
Though, humidity isn’t a total deal-breaker – Syngonium tend go grow pretty well in most household conditions.
On the other hand, temperature control is important as these tropical plants are not frost hardy in the least. Maintain at least 60°F (15°C for my fellow Brits) to keep them happy.
In my experience, young Syngonium plants start as a tightly packed unit and then grow up and outwards as they mature.
They’re hemi-epiphytic growers, so in the wild they’ll initially root up in the soil and then begin to climb the nearby trees – changing shape as they mature, and losing some of their characteristic arrow shapes.
Though, through my experience I don’t think the Pixie variety tends to change shape all that much.
My Pixie arrived as quite a small, compact bundle (don’t let the picture fool you, Rae has small hands) but since planting in a closed tropical terrarium it has grown a fair bit.
The leaves have remained about the same size, but the stems have grown a lot to create an overarching focal piece. I love how it twists and turns through the gnarled terrarium wood.
As far as Syngoniums go, it’s still very much a small plant… but it’ll still grow to fill the space in most terrariums.
Alternatively, you can take a more active approach in pruning this plant to keep it compact and encourage it to grow much more bushy (not everyone appreciates a leggy look).
Generally, plants in the Syngonium genus are very easy plants to propagate from stem cuttings.
The common advice to simply take a stem cutting that already has a couple of leaves and a viable root node, and place it in water for a few weeks till it develops its own root system.
That being said, I’ve yet to see anything I’d consider a root node/aerial root from my plant!
I’m going to try water propagating a full length stem and see what happens, but I’m not over optimistic…
Varieties & Similar Plants
The ‘Pixie’ isn’t the only dwarf variety of Syngonium podophyllum.
There’s also a ‘Mini Pixie’ which is a super dwarf variety, and it is truly tiny (perfect for a mini terrarium). Growing up to a maximum size of 3 inches, it still has all the characteristics of the arrowhead vine, just in the neatest possible package.
Goes Well With
This tropical vine species pairs really well with ferns. They’re going to thrive in moist environments and the range of frond textures can really help the broad arrow-shaped leaves pop!
- Nephrolepis cordifolia (Lemon Button Fern)
- Nephrolepis exaltata (Fluffy Ruffles Fern) – this is what I’ve paired it with in my terrarium.
Frequently Asked Questions
Syngonium Pixie does have an upright growth pattern but unlike the larger Syngonium podophyllum varieties it doesn’t appear to produce aerial roots capable of attaching to its environment.
The dwarf Syngonium plants are just as easy to care for as their larger counterparts. You can expect to need to water them more often (as smaller pots dry out faster) but they’ll need a lot less maintenance overall.
Syngonium plants like consistent moisture so watering thoroughly at the roots is going to be much more effective. Also, humidity isn’t particularly essential for these plants, so the temporary boost from a misting isn’t going to do much.