How Do You Care For Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen?
How do you care for Aglaonema Chinese evergreen?
When caring for Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is simple. Allow the top several inches of the soil to dry between watering.
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen typically recover if they are neglected from time to time. They can tolerate dry indoor air, but prefer high levels of humidity. The following are the factors to consider when caring for Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen;
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is tolerant of low-light levels, but needs medium to high light levels. This is a popular houseplant because it is easy to grow and such a versatile plant. Try to avoid direct sunlight, as it may cause the leaves to burn and turn brown instead of growing greener.
Water the plant when the topsoil is dry about an inch deep. Soak the plant in room temperature water and it will absorb water fast. Be sure to water thoroughly, not just at the top of the soil. Air dry or use a hair-dryer to speed up drying time after watering.
Water less often if you are using tap water that has been treated with fluoride as this can lead to fluorosis and/or brown leaf tips.
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen grow best in a potting mix with a coarse texture. A good-quality commercial mix (similar to what is used for orchids) is best. A soil mixture of 1 part sphagnum peat moss and 1 part perlite (or other inert material), combined with the addition of lime, can help maintain the correct pH level.
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen are best grown inside, as they need temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (though they can tolerate temperatures down to 55 degrees). They may be cultivated in medium to low light conditions.
The air temperature should be kept at around 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid drafts and sudden temperature changes that could shock your plant. Temperature can be controlled with the use of a room thermometer or a heat mat. A plant on a heat mat may need to have its pot raised off the heat mat by placing it on top of stacked clean, dry pebbles or marbles.
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen need high humidity levels of 50%, to prevent wilting or leaf wetness. A humidifier is recommended if you live in an area with a dry climate or if your plant requires high humidity levels. The use of a plant spray is sometimes recommended throughout the year for wilt prevention, as well as for irritating fungal infections on the leaves. Use care when using a spray, as many Aglaonema can be sensitive to chemicals used in commercial products.
As the plant grows, it will need to be fertilized. Follow the label dosage for the type of fertilizer being used. Fertilize at a time of year when most other plants are also entering their vegetative growth.
In Florida, plant fertilizer is normally applied every other month in late winter or early spring, but about once a month in summer and autumn months. In many areas Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen can take full strength fertilizer for about 6 months before showing any decline in growth or vigor.
Repot an Aglaonema every year or two. Over pot the plant to a larger container when it is 2-3 years old, using a soil mixture of one part peat moss, one part compost and one part coarse sand.
Repotting is usually done in early spring, just as the buds start to swell. Use clean containers and fresh potting mix to avoid any lingering diseases that could damage your plant. Be sure to water the plant well after repotting.
Propagating an Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is quite simple. It is done by stem or leaf cutting, division and seeds. The cut should be made below a leaf joint if possible and just below the water mark if the plant has been watered for several days or weeks.
It should be kept at about 50% humidity, preferably in a bathroom with an overhead misting system and not in direct sunlight for at least two weeks before trying to propagate it.
It is important to prune a stem of an Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen when it first begins to grow new leaves. The length should be determined by the size of the pot that it is in, as well as that you always have enough room for growing.
If the plant starts to show signs of overcrowding and roots cannot be pushed into the sides of their own pots, they will grow out and cause harm to the plant itself.
Pests and Diseases
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is fairly susceptible to black spot and fungal infections, though some varieties are resistant to this.
The most common leaf fungus is a brown spot that appears on the leaves that can be cured by watering with a mixture of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Fungus gnats can be controlled with peppermint oil.
Is Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen and Aglaonema the same?
The Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is the popular name for a group of plants from the family Aglaonema that survive low light conditions very well. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen produce flowers (which are not particularly impressive), but are cultivated mostly for their lovely leathery leaves.
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen are extremely popular indoor house plants because they are low maintenance. The following are a few species of the Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen;
Aglaonema Commutatum is an upright, evergreen shrub. It has glossy, dark-green leaves and bears attractive pink flowers. The plant is native to Indonesia and India, but prefers the humidity of tropical climates. It makes an excellent houseplant because it can tolerate low light conditions and drier air than most other varieties of Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen.
Aglaonema crispum is an upright Chinese evergreen that is native to Indonesia. The plant reaches a height of about 3ft (10m) and has narrow light-green leaves that grow to a length of 6 in (15cm). In the spring, Aglaonema crispum bears white, fragrant flowers and in the autumn it produces red berries.
Is Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen an indoor plant?
Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is an excellent low-light indoor plant that is simple to cultivate, even for novices. It is regarded as one of the finest foliage plants for purifying indoor air of benzene and formaldehyde.
A houseplant with its strong air purification capabilities can help improve indoor air quality and may be used in the house to filter the indoor environment.
It is also one of the most popular plants to house in Singapore’s public parks due to its attractiveness and peaceful atmosphere. When growing Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoor, there are a few points worth noting.
First and foremost, Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen is one of the most forgiving plants and can adapt to many conditions. It is therefore very easy to take care of. The only real care requirement is watering the plant in order to keep it moist at all times so that it remains healthy.
Most Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen plants can survive in low light conditions and do not require direct sunlight when indoors, which makes it a good choice if you don’t have a place for it outdoors.
The ideal temperature for growing this plant is between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. It also no longer needs to be watered every day as it can survive on a weekly watering schedule if the temperature remains stable.
Watering can be done with a dilute mixture of water and perlite, which is best squirted through the granular soil into the pot. Most people will know that despite being grown indoors, plants require a lot of light.
If you are interested to start growing Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoors, you can use grow lights to provide light for them in low-light indoor setups and will not have to worry about proper lighting requirements.
How often should I water Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen?
The Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen flourishes in humid settings with moist soil, but it can also store water. This indicates that even with infrequent irrigation, the plant will thrive. It is essential to water the plant at least once every week and to protect it from frost.
When watering the plant, you must ensure that the soil’s surface is wet well-drained. Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen should be watered in the spring and the autumn. Watering schedules can be different for each plant, as it depends on numerous factors, such as lighting, humidity levels, and temperature.
If you are growing your plant indoors, you should ensure that the soil’s surface is wet well-drained before watering it. Too much water can cause the plastic pot to collapse. Also, make sure that you don’t overwater your plant, because too much water will cause the leaves to rot.
Should I prune my Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen?
Most Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen need very little pruning, but it is important to keep them in check so that they can stay healthy. The best time for pruning is when the plant begins to grow new leaves or when it has a small amount of growth on its stem. Pruning should be done carefully, so that you don’t damage the plant’s roots.
Make sure that you prune only dead, damaged or diseased branches. When pruning, always remove the oldest and sickest branches first. If you are going to prune your Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen indoors, make sure that your work area is well-ventilated.
Pruning Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen helps in increasing the plant’s air circulation and in reducing the growth of fungus.
After pruning, you should keep the plant in a warm and dry place for a couple of days so that it can recover. It also make Aglaonema Chinese Evergreen bushy and blooming of flowers.