Aglaonema Care Guide
Aglaonema are native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, and are often called “Chinese Evergreens” or “Philippine Evergreens”. Aglaonemas are considered easy to grow indoor plants that can usually survive in environments with little light and little moisture. They’re highly adaptable to most light conditions and all kinds of growing soil.
Aglaonema plants will thrive in bright indirect or filtered light. These plants should be kept out of direct sun, which can burn their leaves. Aglaonema varieties with darker, or primarily green leaves can tolerate lower lighting conditions. These lower light varieties are sometimes even grown in offices or buildings which receive only fluorescent lighting. Aglaonema varieties with lighter leaves, or higher, more colorful variegation will generally require brighter light to maintain their variegation.
Aglaonema have moderate water needs, and will do best when their soil is allowed to dry out about 40-70% before receiving more water. The appropriate moisture level will be largely dependent on the plant’s environment, namely its sun exposure. Chinese Evergreens grow well in a standard, nicely draining potting soil which has been amended with peat moss for absorption and perlite for drainage and aeration.
Aglaonema will prefer temperatures between 65 to 80 degrees. Aglaonema plants are known for being sensitive to cold conditions, and they may show cold damage if exposed to temperatures below 60 degrees. Cold windowsills and areas with a heavy draft should be avoided. Aglaonema will appreciate moderate to high humidity levels.
In addition to their attractive leaves, Aglaonema may produce inflorescences or blooms. Because Aglaonema foliage is so spectacular, these blooms are normally considered insignificant in comparison. Most growers choose to prune these off, as blooms require a lot of energy and nutrients, which could be better put towards foliage growth.
On the topic of pruning, some growers choose to prune the taller growth of their Aglaonema plants to train them to grow in a shorter, bushier, more compact plant. This can be done by gently pulling a new leaf from its base. The leaf and stem should come out entirely when gently tugged on. Older leaves on Aglaonema should also be removed by hand, without the use of scissors. Ensure that no stumps or partial stems are left behind on Aglaonema, as these can turn soft and mushy, inviting infection and attracting insects.
Aglaonema growers sometimes use netting or baskets to aid in the propagation process. Some plant owners choose to keep these in place. We ourselves have chosen to remove these baskets from the roots of our own personal plants, carefully, with scissors. As these baskets are meant to aid in the propagation process, we find that they are not necessary once the plant is established.