Aglaonema -{Chinese Evergreen}How to Grow, Maintain and Benefits

Aglaonema is considered as one of the easiest plants to grow, Aglaonema has no tantrums about light, water or food. You can grow it in a dark room and go weeks between waterings, and still, the plant will flourish. It’s very adaptable. The plant’s also a great air purifier. Aglaonema is toxic to pets, meaning it can be tricky if you have pets. 

Aglaonema is also known as Chinese evergreen or Philippine evergreen. There is a wide variety of Aglaonema you can choose from. From beautiful green leaves with some pattern to pop of various colours with patterns.

Aglaonema Varieties:

Here are a few different varieties you might come across at a nursery or garden centre:-

 

  • Red Gold:-The red gold variety of Aglaonema has vibrant foliage, usually in a range of red, gold and cream colours.
  • Silver Queen:- The silver queen variety of Chinese evergreen is best suited to areas that get low levels of light. It has dark green leaves with broad silver stripes.
  • Silver Bay:- Like the silver queen, the silver bay variety of Aglaonema has deep green leaves with silver stripes. Its leaves are slightly darker than those of the silver queen.
  • Golden Bay:- The golden bay aglaonema plant has silver-green leaves with a cream-coloured centre.
  • Emerald Beauty.- The emerald beauty has vibrant, deep green leaves, which feature feathery grey markings.
  • Maria:-Maria is another aglaonema variety with silver-grey markings.
  • Calypso:- The calypso has bright green leaves with distinctive cream-coloured or silver-coloured marks.

Care Tips for Aglaonema

The plant can withstand and survive a fair amount of abuse and neglect; that’s why Aglaonema is durable. It’s an ideal houseplant for people who aren’t home that much but still want a bit of greenery in their décor or one who has a history of killing plants.

Light Requirements Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Plants

Aglaonema thrives in low light conditions. While you don’t want to grow Chinese evergreen in a completely dark room, it does well in spaces that barely get any sunlight at all or that are lit by artificial lighting. And that’s why it is considered as the easiest housing plant. This makes it ideal for spaces with no windows, offices with artificial lights, that get a fair amount of sunlight but not direct sunlight.

Water and Food(Fertilizer, Soil) Needs of Aglaonema Chinese evergreen Plant

Like every plant, Aglaonema needs water to survive. But the plant can tolerate missed or less watering than many other houseplants. It’s recommended to let the soil dry completely between two waterings. Chinese evergreens cannot hold too much water. Don’t water the plant daily, To keep the soil from becoming too soggy or waterlogged, make sure you plant the Aglaonema in a container that has a hole for drainage as the plant might rot and die if the root sits longer in water.

Aglaonema doesn’t need much when it comes to food either. You might not have to fertilize the plant at all during its life. But to make sure you’re not starving your plant, it’s usually recommended that you feed it once or twice a year, generally during the spring or summer. Use a diluted liquid fertilizer to feed the plant.

Temperature and Humidity Requirements

Aglaonema is at its best when the temperatures are relatively warm and humid as it belongs to a tropical region. Weather is something that makes them fussy. 

For best results, make sure the plant is away from drafty areas, and the temperature is warm. You cannot 

recreate a rainforest in your living room. Mist your plant if you feel the air is too dry and it will help it survive such weather conditions for a small period of time.

Apart from misting what you can always do is to shower the plant often. This will help the plants remain moist and remove dust from the plant’s leaves

Toxicity of Aglaonemas

Aglaonema plants contain calcium oxalate crystals which makes them poisonous . It causes skin irritation and painful rash when ingested.

Propagating Aglaonemas

it’s always joyful to multiply plants. Aglaonemas can be propagated using:

  • Seeds
  • Stem cuttings
  • Root cuttings

Potting and Repotting

Aglaonemas are very slow-growing and will not need frequent repotting . Repot them every two to three years.

Benefits of Aglaonema:

Aglaonemas have the ability to filter air pollutants and toxins which helps improve air quality indoors. Also, Aglaonemas emits oxygen which helps increase productivity and well being wherever planted.

Meta – Aglaonema is from the family of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. Aglaonema is known for its looks and variety. And is an extremely popular house plant. Also termed as Chinese Evergreen. Aglaonema is one of the easiest houseplants and goes weeks without watering.

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