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Chinese Evergreen

English Name

Aglaonema

Scientific Name

Description

Aglaonema is grown for its decorative lance-shaped silvery-green foliage. The variety Aglaonema Pictum the Silver Queen is the best known. Sometimes it develops an arum-like, white flower heads followed by red berries.

Philippines

Origin

Arum

Family

59°F - 75°F

Temperature (°F)

70°F - 75°F

Germination Temperature (°F)

1' - 2'

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Color

Environments

Indoor, Shade & Containers

Watering

Water 2 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter, do not over-water.

Feeding

Feed every 14 days in Spring and Summer with house-plant food.

Repotting

Re-pot in Spring when necessary using peat-based compost. Aglaonema likes open compost so do not firm it down too hard in the pot.

Germination

Seeds are available but can be more difficult than divisions and cuttings.

Propagation

Propagate by division in Spring, care should be taken not to damage the fleshy foliage. Sow seeds mid to early summer. Keep cuttings warm until they are growing well. Tall and mature plants can be air-layered.

Cultivation

Aglaonema is a house-plant that survives away from direct light and in dry situations. North facing light is best, but it will tolerate most conditions. If grown with other plants in a bowl, its leaves make a good contrast with that of other house-plants. It is also suitable for hydroculture.

Tips

Wrap a badly drooping plant in newspaper to support the leaves until they recover.

Care

Take the precaution of inspecting the plant area where the leaf joins the main stem. This is where the persistant mealy bugs make their home. Keep the plant away from cold draughts. Warmth and humidity are essential for good growth.

Decorate

In lounge or a dining room.

Humidity

Spray 2 times a week in Summer not in direct sunshine. Do not spray in winter.

Soil

Peat-based compost.



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