Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)
Aglaonema is a genus of flowering plants in the arum family, Araceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea. They are known commonly as Chinese evergreens.
This popular ornamental plant is known for its colourful leaves that come in a variety of patterns. Some varieties are green and white, while others are red and pink. They are ideal for modern home decoration, as well as for offices and living rooms.
The Aglaonema plant thrives best in medium-bright, indirect light. It can also tolerate low light conditions, but it may affect the plant's growth and cause it to grow more slowly. It's best to place the plant directly in or near a window, preferably an East or West exposure but unobstructed Northern windows can work which provide low-moderate indirect light.
The Aglaonema plant prefers evenly moist soil but can tolerate periods of drought. Water the plant once the soil has dried out. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Overwatering can cause root rot, so make sure the pot has proper drainage and check the moisture of the soil prior to watering
Temperature & Humidity
The Aglaonema plant prefers temperatures between 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). It can tolerate lower temperatures but may suffer damage if exposed to temperatures below 50°F (10°C). These plant can tolerate normal room humidity but can benefit from higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by incorporating a humidifer if the air in the home is consistenly dry.
The Aglaonema plant prefers well-draining soil with good moisture retention. A mix of coco coir, perlite, and compost can provide the ideal growing conditions. It's also best to use a pot with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging the soil.