How Do I Propagate Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen?
Propagating the Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is easy and simple. You can propagate Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen from leaf or stem cuttings, division and seeds. To start new plants that you can plant in your garden or create a new Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoors.
It is best if you take softwood cuttings, which are the shoots on new growths, using a single-edged razor blade or a sharp knife instead of scissors. The following are the steps to follow when:
Propagating from stem or leaf cutting;
- Clean the leaves of the stem or leaf
- Cut above a growing tip of the plant. If you are using a leaf, cut under it
- Place the cutting in water and allow it to float
- Place the cutting in a humid location, such as a greenhouse
- Keep the place warm until roots develop. If using cuttings, make sure it is about 1/4 inch long before placing it into soil, otherwise the cutting will develop into a dwarf plant
- Allow the soil to dry slightly between watering and keep it warm throughout winter in order to encourage new growth
- Move plants outdoors after they have grown at least two sets of leaves
- Remove the lower portion of the stem and place it in a pot filled with soil
Propagating from seeds;
- Allow the seed coat to dry for several hours: soaking seeds for about 5 minutes before sowing.
- Dibble holes into moistened soil using an awl, just deep enough to hold a seed but not be covered with soil and water again so that water will drain away before germination takes place.
- Keep the seed in bright light but keep it at a cool room temperature. Do not cover with soil.
- Keep the soil moist, but not too wet, so that the seed does not rot.
- Wait for the seedling to grow roots before transplanting.
- When young plants are big enough to handle, do so by cutting off the small stem at soil level and replanting in a pot filled with a loose mixture of soil and sand.
- Water well when transplanting
- Keep cuttings under mist or low-wattage lights until they are rooted.
Propagating from division of roots;
- Remove the node with a clean knife, leaving just a stump.
- Place the stump in a moist chamber with filtered light.
- Keep the cutting wet, misted or sprayed daily.
- Keep it out of direct sunlight and at a temperature between 68F and 77F.
- Once roots have developed, place the plant into a pot filled with soil and keep it well-watered until established before transplanting or planting out.
- For plants that do not root, pinch off the node and place it in a pot filled with moist sand.
- Keep the cutting at room temperature, but out of sunlight.
- Keep it moist, but not too wet and wait for roots to develop in order to transplant or plant outside.
Does Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen Need Sunlight?
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen flourish in settings of medium to low light or indirect sunshine. Wherever you install the plant in your home, you should ensure that it receives mild temperatures and moderate humidity. However, if necessary, this adaptable plant can survive less-than-ideal circumstances.
The light that it needs will depend on the climate where you live and grow your Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen. If you are growing your plant indoors, you will need to provide it with light so that it can grow new leaves. Amount of light helps Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen in blooming and in increasing the number of flowers.
When you are growing your Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoors, make sure to place it in a location with good air circulation so that the plants foliage does not become too dark and wilted. If you are growing your plant outdoors, you can put it on a balcony and near the window. However, do not place it under direct sunlight.
How Long Does Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen Live?
Since Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen are perennials, according to Freedem, they may survive for at least 10 years with the proper care and atmosphere, or even longer. Although they are very hardy plants, they still need to be pampered and well cared for in order to keep them healthy and thriving.
They can keep blooming for many years even after it has been planted outside. You just have to take care of the soil, water and sunlight that it receives, as well as its general health so that you will be able to enjoy their beauty for a long time.
The ideal temperature for Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is about 68 degrees F. The ideal soil for these plants is light, porous and drains readily. Add organic matter to improve it before planting your plants.
It thrives well in sandy, loamy or clay soils that are rich in organic matter and a moderate amount of moisture. Maintain the soil pH at 5.5-7. Water deeply and infrequently. Fertilize with a non-burning organic fertilizer once in the spring, before new growth begins.
When Does Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen Bloom?
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen, like all other succulents, bloom in winter or spring months when warm seasons are compared to summer mild season. If you want to enjoy their flowers, these plants may not be suitable for you since they bloom during winter (or early spring).
When Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen bloom, they produce a spike of a few small, white and bell-shaped flowers. This bloom is their way of reproducing. Blooming time has a lot to do with plant species, geographic location, and environmental conditions. The temperature during bloom period is the key to flowering.
Where To Grow Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen?
The most suitable place for growing Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is outdoors in containers or in the garden. This plant can be successfully grown indoors but not in direct sunlight and with limited light sources.
When growing Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoors, it is important that you place it near a window. They thrive in full sun to part shade and well-drained, loose soil. In order for Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen to survive, it must be watered and fertilized adequately.
You should also provide adequate sunlight. When growing this plant outside you need to keep the soil moist. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen can live for many years if you take care of it well and keep them in an ideal environment.
They are very hardy, healthy plants because they can survive for long periods without water and sunlight. However, this does not mean that you should neglect them.
Is Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen A Poisonous Plant?
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is known to be poisonous. This is because the roots and stems of this plant are used to treat a variety of ailments. The plant may be confused with poisonous plants due to its similar color, shape, and size.
If you have an uncertain about this plant’s toxicity, do not take chances and follow the precautions that are listed below. It contains calcium oxalate, which causes burning and irritation to the mouth and tongue if ingested. Therefore, do not consume its leaves, stalks or roots. You should also avoid handling these plants because it can cause severe skin irritations, blisters and burns.
If the plant is ingested, you must seek medical attention immediately because it may cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pains. Ingestion of the plant causes severe skin irritation and blisters which can lead to loss of the skin’s integrity.
How Can You Tell If Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen Is Overwatered?
You can tell if Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is overwatered by the droopy leaves, wilting of the plant’s stem and a reduction in the plant’s overall health. These signs indicate that there has been too much water in the soil and it may have killed your plant.
To avoid this, make sure that you water your plants regularly but slowly, making sure that you only use room temperature water. Another method is to place multiple layers of gravel at the bottom of your pot to prevent over watering.
Yellowing or mushy stalks or leaves are the primary indicators of overwatering. If this occurs, it is recommended to let the soil completely dry up before watering again, and to adhere to careful watering schedules in the future. The following are the observation to make when Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is overwatered;
Yellowing of leaves and stems may be the result of overwatering. This condition is generally seen in newly planted plants that have not developed a robust root system. As the soil dries out, it takes up more moisture from the air around it. Lack of sufficient water can also cause plants to wilt, especially in warm weather.
Stems and stalks are limp or droopy
Plants that are overwatered or too cold to be watered properly will become limp and droopy. The leaves will feel heavy and saturated, and the stem may begin to collapse. When this condition occurs, the plant is starting to suffocate; watering it carelessly may cause the plant to die.
Wilting is a general drying out of the plant that leaves it incapable of absorbing water. Once plants are wilted, they rarely recover. If a plant is wilting, move it to a spot where it will receive partial shade and leave the soil dry for several days to air out before watering again.
If your plant’s soil feels loose, this may be a sign that the plant has been overwatered or overfed. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen thrives in a loose soil, so you should avoid adding a lot of moisture to the plant or overfeeding it with fertilizer. You should wait until the soil feels completely dry before watering again.
A healthy Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen will be able to grow and thrive in various growing conditions. It might take six months or more before the plant begins to mature and reach its potential, but it is well worth the wait.
If your plant’s leaves begin to curl, this may be the result of too much moisture or humidity. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen needs warm air and bright but indirect light to thrive. Avoid over watering or keeping the plant in humid areas since both can cause leaf curling.
New leaves turning yellow/brown
Left unchecked, this is a sign that the plant has been over watered. The roots of this plant need medium to high moisture levels, so you should make sure you have enough water content in your soil before watering again.