Aglaonema Plant or Chinese Evergreen Plants

Known as the Chinese evergreen, the Aglaonema plants are available in a number of interesting varieties.

It is one of the most popular houseplants with some attractive color variations – dark green, silverish and some touches of red.

These indoor house plants are slow-growing but waiting for the large, glossy leaves will be worthwhile. To keep the aglaonema happy, it’s an indoor plant that wants warm, moist conditions.

Aglaonema plants are hardy and can do well in low light areas, making them ideal for offices, reception areas and homes. You want to avoid direct sunlight. With the right conditions your plant can grow up to between 1 foot and 3 foot tall.

Caring for your Aglaonema

  • The dark green Aglaonema plants can grow in fairly shady areas while the variegated varieties want a brighter light. They don’t want direct sunlight though.
  • They require a well-drained, somewhat acidic potting soil.
  • Water well and allow soil to dry before watering again.
  • In its natural environment, these plants absorb moisture from the air and they will appreciate you misting it.
  • It is easy to over-fertilize a pot plant. Your Aglaonema will require some nitrogen for growth and foliage development so it is recommended to use half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer and less in the winter.
  • Because they are slow-growing, they will only require repotting every 2nd year or so.
  • Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust. NASA has put this good-looking plant high on the list of plants that purify the air and by wiping the leaves you ensure it cleanses the air properly and that it looks vibrant and healthy.

These attractive, leafy tropical plants are native to China and the Philippines, and when you buy your Aglaonema from a reliable source, it has a good start and is an easy-care houseplant.