What Is Aglaonema?
Aglaonema is a popular indoor plant. Aglaonema is also known by various names like Chinese Evergreen Plant, Phillippine Evergreen, and Poison dart plant. Aglaonema is a slow-growing foliage plant kept specially for its beautiful and colorful leaves. Its stems are also as beautiful as its leaves. There are 3 color shade variants of Aglaonema. Some are shades of green, some are Pink, and there are Red shades of Aglaonema available in the market. Pink and Red Aglaonema is also called ‘Lipstick Aglaonema’.
4 Common Aglaonema Varities:-
There are 21 different types of Aglaonema found in Forests of Asia. We are going to give a small description of 4 common Aglaonema varieties.
A. Aglaonema ‘Silver Bay:- This is one of the common aglaonema varieties. These beautiful, silver-green foliage plants are easy to grow and care for.
B. Aglaonema ‘Silver Queen’:- This type of Aglaonema has long, slim leaves that are beautifully striped. The leaves are silver and various shades of green.
C. Aglaonema ‘Emerald Bay’:- This type of Aglaonema has tall, slim stems. It has narrow, oval-shaped leaves. Its leaves are dark green with silver stripes.
D. Aglaonema ‘Pink Dalmatian’:- This Aglaonema variety has deep green leaves with bright pink spots on it.
So now come to the point of How to take care of Aglaonema:-
1. Sunlight Requirement:-
Aglaonema is a shade-loving Plant. It grows well in Offices and indoor areas. It lives best in temperatures around 20-30 degrees centigrade. Remember that never expose them to direct afternoon sun as it might burn the leaves. If you place the plant in Direct Sunlight, immediately its leaves will burn, edges of the leaves become brown. Plants with green variegation can tolerate dim light conditions and are best suited for offices. In comparison, Red/Pink foliage plants need bright indirect sunlight to maintain their color.
2. Soil Mixture:-
Mix Equal Parts of Garden Soil, Compost, River Sand, and Cocopeat. This mixture is well drained so it wouldn’t hold too much water. So after the mix, you can put aglaonema into the planter. It will give good health to the plant.
3. Water requirement:-
Aglaonema doesn’t need much water because in most cases, the plant is placed in a shaded area like an office, balcony of a house, or any other shaded place. So the soil doesn’t dry out frequently. So water only when 2” upper soil looks dry. It does not like wet feet. If you overwater the plant it could harm the plant’s health. So you have to be careful when you water the Aglaonema plant.
4. Humidity Requirement:-
Aglaonema likes a humid climate, preferably with humidity levels around 50%.But In dry areas, the leaves of the plants look very dry and dull. So in the dry area, they love being sprayed with water very often. So take a spray bottle and keep aside the plant when you see the leaves become dry and dull, mist some water on the leaves.
5. Fertiliser Requirement:-
Aglaonema never demands too much fertilisation. Twice a year like in the month of February and September composting is all it needs. Liquid manuring in between will be a bonus for the plant.
Since it’s a slow-growing plant, It takes longer to become root-bound. Therefore repotting is only required after 2-3 years depending on the size of the pot. Till then there is no need to repot the plants.
i) It can be propagated in water. When the stems become longer at that time take a 5”-6” long cutting and keep it in a glass jar near a window for root development. When the roots propagate in the water, you have to transfer them into the soil and keep them in a shaded area.
ii) Propagation’s second method is by root division. Divide the plant while repotting.
iii) The third method is separating the new growth from the main plant. It’s up to your choice. But don’t hurry in propagation.
Aglaonema is used to decorate our rooms and office etc. so it should always be attractive.To look attractive remove all dead, dull, and yellow leaves from the plant. Cut all those leaves because dry leaves don’t look good on the plant and unnecessarily take plants’ energy.
Secondly, protect the plant from the windy location. Its leaves are very delicate and soft, so due to heavy wind, it can be damaged.
Frequently Asked Questions:-
Is Aglaonema an Air Purifier Plant?
Aglaonema is one of the highly recommended Air purifier plants by NASA. As it is an Indoor Plant, it purifies toxic chemicals and removes them from your home.
Is Aglaonema a lucky plant?
As per Feng Shui Aglaonema is considered as a Lucky Plant. It is considered that it brings good luck and fortune. This plant is beneficial for financial success who keep it in their room.
Is Aglaonema good for the bedroom?
You can keep Aglaonema in your bedroom because it needs low light. But Aglaonema needs indirect bright Sunlight. If You have windows from which indirect sunlight comes you can keep them in your bedroom
How to make aglaonema plants bushy?
To make aglaonema plants bushy, you have to regularly prune the top growth, and cut just above a leaf node. These operations stimulate branching. Maintain adequate light, and water moderately, and fertilize every 2-4 weeks during the growing season. To make aglaonema bushy and thriving, keep the plant in proper humidity and avoid overwatering. Regular care will promote lush, bushy Aglaonema growth.