by Val Engel
Aglaonema, also called Chinese evergreen, is a popular houseplant with a wide range of variation. Native to Asia, Agloanema has long been associated with bringing luck to its owner. They have been grown in the West since the late 1800’s, when it was introduced to England. Agloanema is a fabulous air cleaning plant! In addition to taking carbon dioxide out of the air, Chinese evergreen is considered a top pick for removal of benzene-based toxins (benzene comes from detergents, dyes, plastics, petroleum products, synthetic fibers & tobacco smoke) In general this is an easy plant to grow indoors because it has fairly low water requirements and some varieties can tolerate low-light conditions. It is a popular choice for homes as well as offices. The number one thing to remember about Aglaonema is that they like high temperatures and high humidity.
Here in the winter we have lots of varieties of Aglaonema to choose from. Come escape the cold for a few minutes to take a walk through our greenhouse!
The more variegated types of Agloanema need a sunny spot indoors, so for more shady locations, choose a dark green variety.
Like many houseplants, Aglaonema is prone to root rot and stem rot if overwatered. In the summer, when the plant is actively growing, water thoroughly as needed. Plants in more sun will need water more frequently than those in low light conditions. Plants in low light conditions should be allowed to dry out almost completely between waterings ,whereas plants in higher light areas may be watered more frequently. Misting helps raise humidity, but make sure there is good air circulation to avoid rot. In the winter, cut back on watering but never let the soil dry out totally.
Aglaonema does not like temperatures below 65°F
Well-drained potting mix
Fertilize at least a couple times during the growing season (spring-fall) to keep Aglaonema looking its best. Any houseplant fertilizer will do, liquid or granule. Organic fertilizers like Bat Guana are also very well suited for houseplants.
Pinch back some new leaves to produce bushier, more compact plants. Remove flower heads that form, as these are not very showy and cause the plant to spend more energy producing blooms than leaves, and can lead to leggy plants.
Aglaonema is slow growing, but can be re-potted every other year for optimum growth.