How to Care for Aglaonema

Overview

Aglaonema consists of about 40 species of perennial tropical plants that survive well in low light. They grow 1 to 5 feet tall, depending on the cultivar, and produce flower pods in the summer. These plants cannot withstand temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, people in the United States usually grow them as an indoor plants. Knowledge of how to care for this plant species--whether you choose to grow it indoors, outdoors or both--will help you keep an attractive addition to your home.

Step 1

Plant the Aglaonema in a mix of half peat and half perlite, or outdoors in well-drained soil. Choose an area with low light, such as a north-facing window, the north side of a house or under a tree.

Step 2

Water the plant deeply. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again. Do not over-water the plant as it may be susceptible to root rot, but do not let it dry out for more than a couple days.

Step 3

Fertilize the Aglaonema once monthly during the spring and summer growing season, beginning when growth begins. Use a complete, water-soluble fertilizer marked 5-5-5- or 10-10-10. The water solubility will help avoid fertilizer burn in the root system.

Step 4

Periodically wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. This will eliminate any dust or debris that gathers there. It may also help prevent mites, which can cause a rapid decline in the plant's health.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Peat
  • Perlite
  • Fertilizer
  • Damp cloth

References

  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Aglaonema Commutatum
  • Texas A&M University: Aglaonema 'Silver Queen'
  • University of Florida IFAS Extension: Aglaonema Commutatum
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