Aglaonema Care

Light: Will tolerate lower light conditions. But for the colors on the leaves to be more pronounced it prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Direct sunlight will burn the leaves.


Water:Keep moist and water when dry during spring and summer, probably once a week, requiring less frequent watering during autumn and winter. Do not allow water to sit at the bottom of the pot and make the soil soggy as this can cause root rot.

 

Fertilizer: Not very hungry plants when it comes to fertilizer. Use general houseplant fertilizer once a month during spring/summer, don't fertilize in autumn/winter.


Temperature:Aglaonema are happy with a normal room temperature of 18c to 24c.


Humidity: This plant will do just fine in a low humidity environment but will thrive in high humidity. A small humidifier or regular misting with a spray bottle help increase the humidity for your Aglaonema.


Flowering:Aglaonema are not known for their flowers, which are hardly noticeable compared to the beautiful leaves. For this reason most people cut the flowers off when they bloom as this allows for the plant to use the energy and nutrients elsewhere.


Pests: Common pests for Aglaonema are Mealybugs, Aphids, scales and Spider mites. Keep the leaves clean by wiping with a soft damp cloth regularly to prevent these pests settling on the leaves. If an infestation does occur, use an ultra-fine insecticide oil or Neem Oil. These products will kill the pests and their eggs.


Diseases:Your Aglaonema is quite susceptible to Anthracnose and Myrothecium leaf spots, which are both fungal conditions. Symptoms of these include patchy dry brown spots, holes and discoloration of the leaves. If left untreated these can develop and cause more severe damage over time. If your Aglaonema has become infected, quickly remove the symptomatic leaves and any leaves that have fallen off, isolate the plant from other houseplants and treat with a fungicide of your choice.


Soil:Any well draining, general purpose potting soil is fine for this plant.


Pot Size: Aglaonemas are slow-growing and will only need repotting every two to three years. They are also generally low-growing plants, so their trunks will be revealed very gradually.


Pruning: Quickly remove any leaves that have patchy dry brown spots, holes and/or discoloration as that may be a sign of fungal disease.


Propagation:Aglaonema is best propagated through division. To do this you must first be sure your plant has grown enough that there is multiple points from which the plant is emerging from the soil. You should be able to gently remove your plant from the pot and dust off the soil to reveal multiple individual sucker plants. Gently pry these sections away from the main plant and pot in a similar soil mix.


Resting Period:Like most plants, Aglaonema become much less active during winter months and require far less watering.


Poisonous Plant Info: Aglaonema are toxic to both humans and animals. Keep away from small children and pets. See your doctor/vet if ingested.