How to Care for an Aglaonema

Overview

Indoor plants provide year-round greenery to the home. Low-maintenance plants are usually preferred over high-maintenance plants, especially if these easy-care plants provide lush, interesting foliage to your décor. Aglaonema plants have large, variegated leaves and thrive in the low-light conditions found in most homes. While the plant produces small white flowers, these are insignificant and instead aglaonema is prized as a foliage plant. Properly cared for, these plants remain healthy and continue to thrive for many years with only minimal effort on your part.

Step 1

Set the aglaonema in an area that receives less than four hours of indirect light. Aglaonema thrives in north-facing windows and other areas where other houseplants do not grow. Too much sunlight fades the variegation on the leaves and can damage the plant.

Step 2

Place the plant away from drafty windows, doors and air vents. Cool drafts can damage the aglaonema and all air drafts can dry the plant. Choose a room with temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees F.

Step 3

Water aglaonema when the top 2 inches of soil begins to feel dry. Water at the base of the plant until the excess drains from the bottom of the planter. Empty the drip tray under the plant after each irrigation.

Step 4

Combine 1 tsp. soluble 20-20-20 analysis fertilizer with 1 gallon of water. Water the aglaonema with this solution once a month from spring until fall. Do not fertilize in winter.

Step 5

Moisten a soft cloth with water. Wipe the leaves gently with the cloth, removing any dust or dirt from the leaves. Cleaning once a month keeps the leaves glossy and attractive while also allowing them to respire properly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Browning or yellowing of the lower leaves of aglaonema may mean the soil is becoming too dry. Check moisture at least once a week and water as needed to prevent over-drying.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Cloth

References

  • Texas A&M Extension: Aglaonema Silver Queen
  • Purdue University Extension: Indoor Plant Care
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About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.