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Aglaonema (Aglaonema commutatum) is an herbaceous perennial native to Asia that belongs to the Araceae family of plants—the same family as several other popular houseplants, such as philodendrons and monsteras. This popular houseplant goes by several common names, including Chinese evergreen plant, Philippine evergreen, and poison dart plant. They have large, glossy, dark green leaves that grow on short stems. They reach a mature height of one to two feet tall. Depending on the species, older plants produce flowers in the spring or summer.
Aglaonema, commonly known as Chinese evergreen, is a plant genus consisting of around 22 species and several hundred varieties, all of which differ in leaf colour and pattern. These slow-growing evergreen perennials are native to Southeast Asia and belong to the arum family, Araceae. These plants grow upright and can reach heights of up to 120 cm. Aglaonema leaves are elongated and pointed at the end, with an otherwise fairly simple shape that is beautifully variegated. And it is because of its beautiful foliage that the Chinese evergreen is often kept as a houseplant. Between June and September, the Aglaonema forms cob-like flowers, which are characteristic of plants in the arum family. The flower is enclosed by bracts and, if pollinated, develops into red berries.
Aglaonema plants are low-maintenance indoor plants. Simply follow these easy plant care guidelines.
- 1. Plant aglaonema in well-draining potting soil. Any high-quality, well-drained potting soil or potting mix will do the trick. For an even higher drainage capacity, try mixing perlite into your soil before planting.
- 2. Place aglaonema in bright indirect light. Aglaonema will tolerate low-light conditions, but their leaf variegation may fade if they’re in the shade for too long. For thriving aglaonema plants with vibrant, variegated leaves, place them in bright indirect light. To avoid scorched or discolored leaves, make sure to keep them away from direct sunlight.
- 3. Let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. Water your aglaonema plant when the top inch of soil is dry. The leaves will begin to wilt when the plant is thirsty. Keep watering the plant until water seeps out from the pot’s drainage holes, but avoid overwatering the plant as this can cause root rot or yellowing leaves. If water pools on the surface of the soil after watering, tip it out.
- 4. Keep temperatures moderate. Aglaonema plants grow best between sixty and eighty degrees Fahrenheit with high levels of humidity similar to tropical environments. While these plants flourish in high humidity, aglaonema houseplants tolerate most humidity levels.
- 5. Aglaonema plants benefit from occasional repotting. If your aglaonema plant is drooping no matter how often you water it, that’s a sign it has become root-bound. Select a new container that is a couple of inches wider than the current pot, and re-pot the plant once its growing season begins in the spring.
- 6. Use liquid houseplant fertilizer occasionally. Aglaonema plants can thrive without fertilizer, but fertilizing once a month during the spring and summer growing season will help maximize their growth.
- 7. Watch out for mealybug infestations. Mealybugs are small, white insects that feed on aglaonema plant leaves and leave behind a powdery wax residue. If you spot signs of a mealybug infestation, treat your aglaonema plant with insecticidal soap, neem oil, or a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol.
- 8. Propagate aglaonema plants. You can either prune or use propagation methods to maintain the size of your plant. Replanting stem cuttings is the best method for propagating aglaonema plants. Simply take your mother plant and cut off a stem that’s several inches long. Place the cut stem into a container of water. After a couple of weeks, the cutting should begin to root in the water. Once the new roots are about three inches long, transplant your new plant into a container with potting soil.