How To Take Care Of Your Aglaonema

How To Take Care Of Your Aglaonema

Native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Asia and New Guinea, and commonly known as Chinese evergreens, Aglaonema offer some of the best choices for houseplants since they are easily maintained and their relatively large, narrow, glossy, oval leaves on short stems are real show-stoppers. These leaves can be mottled with a dazzling array of colours including red, pink, silver, cream and yellow.

Quite slow growing, they provide colour all year round and in warmer parts of New Zealand, can even be kept outdoors in a protected, semi-sunny spot.

How much light does your Aglaonema need?

With Aglaonema, the lighter the variegation on the plant’s leaves, the more sunlight it will need. Conversely, darker green varieties can grow in near shade. In general, indirect, partial or filtered light is best and a group of them will look stunning near a netted window.

What type of soil does your Aglaonema need?

Well drained, slightly acidic with a pH of around 6-7. If the soil retains too much moisture, add in a little pumice or perlite to aid drainage.

What temperature is best for your Aglaonema?

As with most houseplants, Aglaonema do not like cold draughts or the erratic nature of air conditioning vents. They love humidity, so mist frequently or even place in more humid areas of your house such as the bathroom.

How much water does your Aglaonema need?

Aglaonema (like one of our gorgeous examples; Aglaonema Jubilee) thrive in moist but not water-logged soil, so allow your plant to dry out between watering. Obviously, they require more regular watering in the warmer months.

What’s the best fertiliser for your Aglaonema?

Slow release pellets or a liquid fertiliser fed fortnightly in Spring/Summer is the ideal, with very little needed during the dormant months of Winter.

General Care Tips for your Aglaonema:

Aglaonema are relatively slow growers, so they don’t need frequent re-potting. If you notice mites, mealy bugs or aphids anywhere on the leaves or stems, spray a little of an organic houseplant insecticide or wipe gently with a mild soapy liquid. Older leaves can be pruned to retain that fresh vibrant look.

The Green Grower’s Rating of Aglaonema.

Easy to care for, beautiful colour patterns and ideal for the beginner or for anyone who wants to introduce colour and personality to their houseplant collection or décor. As with all Aroids toxic to pets.

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