Aglaonema, also known as Chinese evergreen, makes an ideal houseplant due to its tolerance of low light, air conditioning and low humidity. Often grown as decoration in malls and offices, the plant thrives indoors with minimal care and can tolerate neglect for weeks with no adverse effects. Aglaonema blooms during summer producing numerous inconspicuous white flowers, which develop into small, inedible, red berries. The durable plant adds color and character to any room it inhabits.
Grow aglaonema in a medium-sized container filled with a well-drained, fertile potting mix. Keep the plant in a location that receives low to medium light, such as near a north- or east-facing window.
Maintain a regular temperature of 68 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit at all times for optimal growth. Do not allow the temperature to drop below 55 degrees Fahrenheit at any time to prevent the plant from suffering cold damage.
Water aglaonema once every five to six days to keep the soil constantly moist. Soak the soil until water begins to exit the drainage holes on the bottom of the container, wait several minutes, and then drain away any excess moisture. Apply water once every seven to 10 days during winter.
Feed the plant twice a year, once during spring and again in midsummer, using a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Check the manufacturer's instructions prior to applying for the proper procedure. For best results, feed just before watering.
Repot aglaonema once every three years to provide additional room for growth and a fresh, rich growing medium. Increase the size of the container by 2 to 3 inches at each repotting. Take divisions at this time if desired.
Things You Will Need
- Medium-sized container
- Potting mix
- Liquid houseplant fertilizer
- Grow aglaonema plants outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 10 through 11 only. Plant in an area that receives light to full shade and has rich, well-drained soil. Water once every 10 to 14 days, allowing the soil to become medium-dry between applications. Feed once every two weeks during spring and summer using a balanced 20-20-20 NPK fertilizer for best results.
- Never ingest any portion of aglaonema, as the toxic sap may result in irritation or minor illness.