Caring for an Aglaonema Plant


Aglaonema, also known as Chinese evergreen, is a robust plant, native to the rain forests and swamps in China. A popular houseplant, the aglaonema adapts well to shady areas of the home or office. Its dark green, variegated foliage stands up well to dry indoor air, but too much sun will cause it to fade.

Step 1

Place the algaonema in an area of the home where the temperature never drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the plant thrives in indirect sun, it will adapt to low levels of light.

Step 2

Water the algaonema to keep the soil moist but not saturated. The soil should have the moisture content of a well-wrung sponge.

Step 3

Fertilize the aglaonema plant monthly, beginning in the spring and stopping in early fall, with an all-purpose houseplant formula, at half the rate suggested on the label.

Step 4

Flush the soil every two months with water to remove fertilizer salt buildup. Set the pot in the sink and run water through it allowing it to drain completely. Repeat this procedure two more times.

Step 5

Remove flowers before they bloom and any yellow foliage. Producing flowers consumes a lot of the plant’s energy that should be going toward the production of foliage. Cut the entire flower bud off with pruning shears or scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or sharp scissors


  • Chinese Evergreen
  • “Foliage Houseplants”; James Underwood Crockett; 2001
Keywords: care of aglaonema, Chinese evergreen care, grow aglaonema

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