Syngonium Rayii
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Syngonium Rayii

Welcome to our guide to Syngonium Rayii care , it is an easy to look after plant, we cover all you need to know…

Syngonium Rayii Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Check once a week in winter, twice in summer, water if top 40% of soil is dry.
Fertilizer:A diluted balanced feed once a month in spring and summer.
Soil:A well draining potting mix with added perlite.
Temperature:15-30°C (59-86°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy..
Common issues:Leaf crisping or drooping from underwatering.


The syngonium rayii aka the velvet syngonium is a green velvet-leaved arrowhead plant with variegated white stripes down the center of the leaf. They are super easy to look after too.

See also: Syngonium Albo Care, Syngonium Soil, Syngonium Mojito Care, Pink Syngonium, Variegated Syngonium, Scindapsus Treubii Moonlight.

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Light Needs

Bright indirect sunlight will get the best out of a syngonium rayii. They are not too fussy, and can do just fine in medium brightness areas of the home too.

How Often to Water A Syngonium Rayii

Check your syngonium rayii once a week in winter and twice in summer, and water it if the top 40% of soil is dry. Honestly these plants are tough and difficult to kill, but be sure not to over water them as it’s the biggest killer of them. If you do go too far, take some cuttings before root rot sets in.


Use a balanced fertilizer, really well diluted once a month in spring and summer. Dilute it twice or more than the instructions on the packet and then check the leaf for burn, as thy are quite sensitive. You can gradually up the dosage over the rowing period, but keep it well diluted.

Syngonium Rayii Soil

A well draining potting mix is ideal, add some perlite for extra drainage. It helps stop the roots getting water logged if you do go too far with watering.

When To Repot

These plants can grow really quickly, repot them once they our grow their current container. You can do this year round, but the best time is in Spring so they get room to grow in the warmer months.


40-60% humidity. Syngoniums will do well in most areas of your home, but if you really want them to do well give them 40-60% humidity with a humidifier or pebble bath and they will flourish.


15-30°C (59-86°F). Syngogiums will do well in almost all homes without any additional temperature requirements. Don’t let them get cold drafts in the winter and you’ll be fine.

Syngonium Propagation

Syngoniums are easy to propagate, they grow very quickly and root quickly in water. Just take a cutting with a at least one or two leaves and one nodes, then put them in a jar of water to root. You can pot it up in soil after a month or so once it has rooted. For more on propagating see our guide: Water Propagation.

Syngonium Rayii USDA Zone

Zones 9-11.

Where To Buy

Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.

For more on syngonium see our syngonium category with all our care guides.

Syngonium Rayii FAQs and Common Problems

Commons issues come from underwatering, like drooping, or leaf-crisping: keep this plant watered well, but without letting it sit in soggy soil.

Is Syngonium Rayii Toxic?

If eaten, syngoniums can be toxic to pets, and cause oral irritation and vomiting. Your pet should be ok in a day or so, but seek vets advice in any case.

Syngonium Rayii Green Form

The green form has darker leave and a much less pronounced white stripe.

Syngonium Rayii Dark Form

There is a dark form, which is a much darker green, almost black velvet, version of the rayii. It is rarer and costs quite a bit more normally. Some times this is called syngonium wendlandii black velvet.

Syngonium Rayii Runner

If your plant puts out a long thin runner vine, you can cut this off. You can even propagate it (as you would any node). It only puts out leaves sparsely and can take away a lot of the growing energy of the plant.

Syngonium Rayii Vs Wendlandii

The rayii and wendlandii are very similar. The main difference is that the rayii is much smaller. The wedlandii is a brighter, lighter green too. The rayii has a more shimmery velvet hue to it’s leaves.

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