How to Care for an Aglaonema Plant

Overview

Aglaonema plants are a group of evergreens native to Southeast Asia. They are often called "Chinese evergreens," according to information published by the University of Florida. These plants, which range widely in the color and variegation of the leaves, are considered to bring luck and, for that reason, are often grown as houseplants. Aglaonemas are hardy plants that can grow even in low-light conditions, making them the perfect plant for a beginning home gardener or for an office space that does not get a lot of natural light.

Step 1

Place your aglaonema where it will receive bright but indirect light, such as by a south-facing window or a window filtered by an opaque curtain. Early morning sun is also a good choice for this plant. Do not expose it to direct sunlight, which can scorch the plant's delicate leaves.

Step 2

Use a potting soil that drains well, such as a mixture composed of large amounts of peat moss and sand or perlite. This will help the water drain better, according to information published by Old Fashioned Living, which in turn reduces the chance of the plant developing root rot. Such planting mediums are often marketed as "soilless" mixtures. Place the planting medium in a container that has drainage holes.

Step 3

Water when the top inch of soil dries to the touch. The soil should be barely moist and not soggy or waterlogged. Empty the water catch-tray immediately after the plant stops draining.

Step 4

Fertilize your aglaonema once a month during the growing season (spring through summer). Use a water-soluble, balanced fertilizer (10-10-10) formulated for evergreen houseplants. Start with a dose that is half that recommended on the label, as these plants have sensitive roots.

Step 5

Keep the temperatures consistently warm; at least 60 degrees F. In addition, make sure the plant is not near any cold drafts, such as those by an air-conditioning vent. Cold temperatures or drafts are one of the biggest killers of this plant, according to information published by Plant Care.

Things You'll Need

  • Watering tool
  • Balanced, water-soluble fertilizer (10-10-10)

References

  • University of Florida: New Florida Foliage Plant Cultivar: 'Emerald Bay' Aglaonema
  • Plant Care: Aglaonema -- A Favorite Indoor Plant -- Chinese evergreen
  • University of Florida: Aglaonema Production Guide
  • Old-Fashioned Living: Aglaonema
Keywords: Chinese lucky plant, growing Aglaonema plants, Aglaonema house plants

About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. Previously, she worked as an educator and currently writes academic research content for EBSCO publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.