Aglaonema: A Beautiful, Easy Plant to Grow

Updated on May 4, 2019
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Kenna writes about the care of plants (indoors, outdoors, and in gardens). She wrote an orchid care booklet—a companion piece for workshops.

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Easy Plants to Grow

Adding new plants to your indoor environment can make all the difference in providing a whole new look inside. The key is to choose plants that add beauty and opulence, yet, for the most part, are easy to manage. Read on and discover how easy it is to grow Aglaonemas.

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen is another name for the plant. This species of plant is a sensible choice; it is easy to manage and beautiful.

Best Houseplants for Low-Light Conditions

There are 21 species of Aglaonemas. They come in many pot sizes to fit any indoor space starting from 6 inches on up to 14 inches. Their ornamental foliage can catch the eye of any plant lover. They have distinct tufts of a long-stemmed spear and oval-shaped leaves that are dark green. The leaves spread out with colors of pale silvery-green, gray-green or gray-white.

In the summertime, with proper care, you might get lucky and see small, white or greenish-white spiked flowers appearing in your plants. If you want the plant to bloom, plant experts told me Aglaonemas like being rootbound. Rootbound means the roots matted or densely tangled or the pot is too small for the plant.

Textbooks have reported that Aglaonemas’ virtue is the ability to thrive in poorly lit conditions, but this is only true for all-green varieties. The ones with silver or white variegation foliage need brighter conditions, which helps enhance the colored plants even more. If you have low-light conditions, Aglaonemas are still your best choice.

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Temperatures for Aglaonemas

Aglaonemas love it when it’s warm and get agitated by abrupt changes in temperature. The temperature change between night and day should not be more than 10 degrees difference. Periods of too low or too high of temperatures lead to yellowing or falling leaves and can hinder development. If a yellow leaf appears, you pluck it off. The plant is pretty hearty and should be fine. Keep them away from drafts such as windows, doors and air-conditioning vents. If the leaves curl with a brown-edge, the air is cold, or there is a cold draft.

Soil and Watering

Aglaonemas should be moist but kept in well-drained, heavy soil. During the winter, keep the soil drier. The plants like shallow pots. Keep in mind that poor drainage, too frequent watering, or standing in water will cause root rot. If the air is dry, the plant needs regular misting. If the plant’s leaves shrivel with brown tips, the air is too dry, and they need regular misting.

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Resistant to Diseases

Aglaonemas are hearty plants and super resistant to diseases. They practically grow in conditions that hurt other plants. Still, the plant attracts pests if they grow in conditions that are challenging.

Pests such as mealybugs appear at the base of the leaf stalks, and scale insects find them tasty. If the lighting condition is not high enough, red spider mites show up, too. Insecticidal soap kills the little buggers.

Pruning the Plant

It’s pretty easy to prune an Aglaonema. Keep an eye on the base of your plant until you see little sprouts starting to grow. Remove them from the base, but don’t toss them out. You can replant them in a separate pot, start a new plant, and keep it or give it to a friend.

Pruning the Aglaonema means cutting away the dying and dead leaves. There is nothing else to cut because the plant’s growth emerges from its crown, which is the necessary parts of the plant. If you prune the necessary parts, you will kill your beloved plant.

Only use clean, sharp pruning shears. I invested in gonicc Professional Micro-Tip Pruning Snip, Small Garden Hand Shears. I owned a pair for over three years.

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Pan Pit Garden Center

Fertilizing Aglaonemas

Fertilizing the plants is a good idea, but cut back during the winter. Those plants that are in high light can have more fertilizer than those in the low light.

They Grow Well With Other Plants

Another feature about the Aglaonemas is they easily grow together or with other plants in the same pot, which makes for an attractive addition to the inside. For example, to spruce up a ficus, try adding two or more of 6-inch silver leaf Aglaonemas to the base of the tree, or combine them with red bromeliads around a Kentia palm.

Nursery staff will offer some excellent ideas as well. They would be more than happy to assist you in your indoor plant care needs.

Questions & Answers

  • Why does my Aglaonema rot off above the soil line?

    Your plant has root rot from overwatering for a long period of time, or it has a fungus. Since Aglaonemas are pest resistant, I suspect you are overwatering.

  • Can you tell me how to fertilize Aglaonema plants?

    Fertilizing the plants is a good idea, but cut back during the winter or don't fertilize at all. Twice a year is the best with any houseplant liquid fertilizer. Follow the fertilizer packaging instructions.

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      Kenna McHugh 

      8 months ago from Northern California

      Betsy, Thank you for reading my articles. I am sure the Aglaonema will add beauty to your home.

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      8 months ago

      I also found this article helpful. I plan to purchase an Aglaonema in the spring.


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