Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Tolerant and Noble Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen



Living things can truly add to the peace and comfort of a home. For those that may not have a lot of time to devote to plant care, Aglaonemas, which are commonly known as Chinese Evergreens, are a splendid choice to enliven your home. This one needed some attention today. It has lived with me for several years and is in fairly low light so it grows slowly, but has done very well.

There is a solid green variety but most of them have an attractive mottled coloring in their leaves  This gives them a rich, noble appearance and some of the species have been named to reflects just that. 'Silver Queen', 'Silver King' and 'Augustifolium' are among the popular hybrids. A new hybrid seems to show up on the market every year or so.

They are among the easiest of plants to grow indoors. For anyone who is hesitant about their ability to keep a plant alive, the Aglaonema is a great one to begin developing your skills with. You can purchase Chinese Evergreens in larger or smaller containers but the larger the container the less often you will have to water them.   

These natives of tropical Asia, have been a houseplant favorite for a long time because they are so easy to keep and make a beautiful statement wherever they are placed.

Care Instructions:
  • Chinese evergreens tolerates fairly low light but bright indirect light or right in front of a north-facing window is best. Some direct morning sun is fine but not full afternoon sun.  
  • Aglaonemas in 8" (20cm) diameter or smaller pots should be very dry on the top of soil or up to about 1" below the soil line before watering. Plants in 12" (30cm) diameter containers or larger can dry out up to about 2" below the soil surface.
  • Water with up to a pint of water for 6" (15cm) diameter containers and about 1-1/2 to 2 quarts for a chinese evergreen in a 10" (25cm) diameter pot. Plants in a 14" (35 cm) diameter pot should take about 1 gallon of water, when necessary.
  • Fertilize regularly.
  • Dust or clean the leaves with water occasionally. The spring can be a great time to get houseplants outdoors for a gently washing.  A shower in the bathtub works, too.
Propagation:
  • The stems root well in water. The plant can also be divided by gently separating  the plant into two parts after removing it from the pot and repotting both parts into separate containers..

***Be sure to see the video clip about the Aglaonema 'Maria' on The Indoor Garden TV YouTube Channel   The Aglaonema 'Maria"


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