One of my favorite houseplants are the Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen. I love them so much that I currently have 5 in my growing collection. They are beautiful in foliage and easy to take care of. What more can you ask from a plant?
Let’s talk about the care guidelines for these amazing plants as I share with you my Chinese Evergreens.
One of the wonderful things about Aglaonemas is that they can tolerate low light. But, not all of them. The varieties with the green foliage can do well in low to medium light. While the varieties with variegation of white or pink need bright light to maintain that variegation. All varieties do not tolerate direct sun, so keep them out of the sun. They make great office plants because they can thrive in fluorescent light.
They need a free draining soil that won’t retain too much moisture. I use regular potting soil with added perlite to help with the drainage. I also add some worm castings for added nutrition.
I keep all of mine in ceramic or plastic pots. This helps keep the soil moist a little bit longer than terra cotta. So, I don’t need to water as often. During the growing season of Spring and Summer, I water them when the top 2-3 inches of the soil is dry, with a thorough watering with filtered or distilled water. This can be every 7 – 10 days. In the Fall and Winter when they are more dormant and not actively growing, I water every 14 days on average. But, never let your Aglaonema completely dry out or sit in standing water for a long period. I know this can sound complicated, but the easiest way I determine if my plant truly needs water is by using a moisture meter. This tool is worth the $13 investment.
Temperature and Humidity
These plants are from tropical Asia, so they do not like cold temps or cold drafts. Keep the temperature above 60 Fahrenheit and it will be happy. They can tolerate regular household humidity but will thrive even more if you provide a humidifier to increase the percentage to about 50% at least. If you notice brown tips, that could mean that the air is too dry.
I fertilize my Chinese Evergreen during the growing season of Spring and Summer. I use a regular liquid concentrate Miracle Gro Fertilizer that I mix at half the dose. This would be 1/2 a teaspoon per gallon on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. You can also use a slow release granules if you don’t want to deal with the monthly fertilizing.
These plants are poisonous due to the Calcium Oxalate Crystals within the plant. If any piece is ingested, in eyes or mouth, it will cause an irritation, rash and gastric irritation. So, keep it away from pets and small children.
I fortunately have not had any pest issues with my collection (knock on wood!), but they can be susceptible to some bugs. In particular, Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs and Scales. To treat each of these infestations you can use neem oil or a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to remove the pests.
Aglaonemas are a wonderful plant genus to have in your home or office. Given the right environment and care they will reward you with amazing foliage.
Thanks for joining me today friends!