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.
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Water 2 times a week in Summer, once a week in Winter, do not over-water.
Feed every 14 days in Spring and Summer with house-plant food.
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.
Seeds are available but can be more difficult than divisions and cuttings.
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.
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.
Wrap a badly drooping plant in newspaper to support the leaves until they recover.
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.
In lounge or a dining room.
Spray 2 times a week in Summer not in direct sunshine. Do not spray in winter.
Scientists were able to revive a flowering plant from the fossilized fruit found in the stomach of an Arctic ground squirrel who was trapped in ice around 32,000 years ago.