Aglaonema Plant Care

Aglaonema Plant Care

16°C (61°F). South East Asia.

These are foliage houseplants, and have large leaves, variegated in some way. They are members of the aroid plant family, the Araceae, which contains such plants as the philodendrons and dieffenbachias, and come from all over south-east Asia, so they need quite warm temperatures and high humidity.

Aglaonema Plant Care

Aglaonemas grow upright, fairly tall, and the-leaves can be 23 cm (9 in) or more in length, and about 8-10 cm (3-4 in) wide, depending on the species. There is a very attractive one which is usually sold under the name A. pseudobracteatum, though it is probably a variety of A. commututum. The leaves have a large central area of yellow. A. costatum has dark green leaves spotted white, and a bright white midrib, and A. commutatum has diagonal creamy lines running parallel to the side veins.

aglaonema Aglaonemas need a fairly high temperature and humidity, especially in winter, with a minimum of 10°C (50 deg F) and no draughts. A good light, or even some shade, is suitable, though the variegation will be better in the light. Water and feed normally, resting in winter, and do not subject to gas or paraffin fumes.

New plants can be raised from cuttings or by dividing mature clumps. When propagating, warm, moist and shaded conditions are essential. Fresh sphagnum peat will be the best medium to start plants off in.

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