Aglaonema plants are great for people who are just starting out with gardening because they don’t need much care.
What Is Aglaonema?
This popular houseplant is also called the Chinese evergreen, the poison dart plant, and the Philippine evergreen.
They have big, shiny, dark green leaves that grow on short stalks. They grow to be between one and two feet tall. Depending on the species, older plants bloom in the spring or summer.
5 Common Aglaonema Varieties
There are many well-known types of Aglaonema. Add one of these cultivated species to your collection of houseplants to make it better.
2. Aglaonema “Silver Queen”: This cultivar has long, thin leaves that are striped with silver and different shades of green.
3. Aglaonema “Siam Aurora Red”: The veins of this red aglaonema cultivar are a beautiful bright pink, and the leaves are a pretty mix of yellow and light green.
4.Aglaonema ‘Emerald Beauty’: The leaves of Aglaonema “Emerald Beauty” are narrow and oval-shaped. The stems are tall and thin. Its leaves are dark green with silvery hairs.
5. Aglaonema “Pink Dalmatian”: Aglaonema “Pink Dalmatian” is a Chinese cultivar of an evergreen plant that has dark green leaves with bright pink spots.
How to Grow and Care for Aglaonema
Aglaonema plants that live inside don’t need much care. Just follow these easy steps for taking care of plants.
1.Plant aglaonema in well-draining potting soil: Any good potting soil or potting mix with good drainage will do. If you mix perlite into the soil before planting, it will drain even better.
2.Place aglaonema in bright indirect light. Aglaonema can grow in low light, but if it stays in the shade for too long, the different colours on its leaves may fade.
Growing aglaonema plants need strong, indirect light to make their leaves look bright and colourful. Keep your leaves out of the direct sun to keep them from getting burned or changing colour.
3.Let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings Water your aglaonema plant when the top inch of soil is dry. When a plant is thirsty, its leaves start to hang down.
Keep watering the plant until water comes out of the drainage holes in the pot, but don’t water it too much or the roots might rot or the leaves will turn yellow. If water stays on the surface of the soil after you water it, drain it.
4.Keep temperatures moderate. Aglaonema plants do well in places that are between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and have high humidity, like a tropical setting.
Even though these plants do best when the humidity is high, Aglaonema houseplants can handle a wide range of humidity levels.
5.Aglaonema plants benefit from occasional repotting. Root-bound means that your aglaonema plant is drooping no matter how often you water it.
Choose a new pot that is a few inches wider than the one it is in now. Then, when the growing season starts in the spring, repot the plant.
6.Use liquid houseplant fertilizer occasionally. Aglaonema plants can live without fertilizer, but giving them fertilizer once a month during the growing seasons of spring and summer will help them grow to their full potential.
7.Watch out for mealybug infestations. Mealybugs are small, white bugs that eat the leaves of the Aglaonema plant and leave a powdery wax behind when they do.
If you see signs of mealybugs on your aglaonema plant, you can treat it with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.
8.Propagate aglaonema plants. You can prune or divide your plant to keep its size the same. Stem cuttings are the best way to make more Aglaonema plants. Just take your mother plant and cut a stem that is a few inches long.
Aglaonema Toxicity Tips
Calcium oxalate, a poison found in Aglaonema plants, can be harmful if eaten. If you have curious cats or dogs, put your aglaonema plant up high so they can’t get to it.