Important information about Aglaonema or Chinese evergreen
The Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen Tree is known for its attractive and showy foliage. Long bluish-gray green leaves. They support a wide range of interior lighting conditions, from low indirect lighting to bright. When watering, let the top 4 cm of soil dry out completely.
It is a perfect species to decorate interiors. It does not require demanding care, it easily adapts to different environments and has the power to conquer any corner. As it does not require much care, it is ideal for novice gardeners.
5 curiosities you have to know about aglaonema
To begin with, let's start by reviewing some curiosities about this plant:
- Aglaonema is not a plant in itself, but a genus made up of twenty different species. Among them is the costatum, which is characterized by striking intense green leaves accompanied by small irregular white spots.
- This genus of plants has its origin in Asia and New Guinea
- It can develop without problems only with artificial light, this makes it an excellent indoor plant.
- It has the problem that it is toxic to our pets such as dogs and cats. So you should be careful especially if you have pets inside the house
- Although it grows very well in bright environments, it is important that it never receives direct sunlight, as it can burn its leaves.
Basic Aglaonema Care
As we said before, lighting in Aglaonemas is key. It needs an illuminated exposure but without direct sunlight; they also grow in a light shade. The temperature should not be lower than 15 ºC.
The propagation of these plants is relatively easy. No matter how new you are, you shouldn't have any problems. Although several methods can be followed to propagate it, the fastest and safest is the division of the plant. For more information, you can refer to this post on propagating Chinese evergreens.
As for the soil, they are not very demanding. A commercial potting soil for houseplants or a mixture of peat and heather will suffice.
Water frequently with lime-free water so that the substrate is always moist. The ambient humidity must be high: place a plate with wet stones under the pot and spray the leaves periodically with lime-free water. Wipe the dust off the leaves with a damp cloth.
Fertilize every 2 weeks with mineral houseplant fertilizer during spring.
If you are wondering how often you should prune this plant, I have good news for you. The Chinese evergreen does not need pruning.