The Aglaonema Plant, also called the Chinese evergreen, is a very popular perennial tabletop plant. It comes in many varieties and colors, and they can be found in many places, including homes, offices, lobbies, malls, and more.
Caring for the Plant
One of the reasons for its popularity is that it can survive where many other plants will not. This includes spaces that are poorly lit and poorly ventilated. You do want to be aware that the lighter the color of the leaves, the more light it requires, but keep it out of direct sunlight. Use fertilizer only in the growing season, and you should only use pellets that are slow-release or a liquid fertilizer.
It does not require frequent watering. It is best to water it when the soil dries out. If you live in a dry environment, be sure to water or mist it more often. Care must be given to ensure that it stays within strict temperature limitations that range from 60 to 75 degrees F, which means keeping it away from doors and air conditioning vents. Keep it out of direct sunlight except for brief periods. Pruning is usually not needed.
There are several varieties of this plant. One of the most beautiful is the Red Aglaonema. It has dark green leaves with red edges. The leaves are broad. This variety does prefer a little more light. Other varieties have either a solid color or variegated colors, including green, silver, pink, cream, silvery gray-green, and more.
This plant has many common names. You can expect to see names like Chinese evergreen, Silver Queen, Harlequin, Emerald Bay, Malay Beauty, Siam Red, First Diamond, and more.
The Chinese evergreen will grow to a height of about three to four feet. They have a rather slow-to-moderate rate of growth, and when kept in low light, they grow even slower. Most likely, you will only need to repot it every other year.
Air Cleaning Ability
The Aglaonema plant has been named by NASA as one of the best for its ability to clean the air. It can help remove harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. It can remove benzene and formaldehyde.
The best way to get new Chinese evergreen plants is to divide the plants. You can do this in the spring or summer and put them into a good quality organic potting soil. The soil should be capable of draining well, using perlite or sand.
If you have children or pets, you will want to ensure that they do not eat the fruit. The fruit of the Aglaonema crispum is red, so it may attract young children.
Brooklyn Plantology sells many varieties of the Aglaonema Plant. It is a favorite with many customers and you will enjoy having such an easy to care for plant around your home or office. Our store has 20,000 square feet of plants, shrubs, and trees and all your plant needs. We are the largest plant store in the New York City and tristate area.