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Aglaonema 'Jubilee Petite'
Aglaonema "Jubilee Petite" is just one of many varieties of Aglaonema plants. An attractive, easy to care for plant, it is on just about every list of best house plants. Aglaonema can be maintained at the lower light levels often found in the home or office. Although there are many varieties of this plant, the care for all Aglaonemas is very similar.
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Aglaonema plants have a bush-like or clumping growth and, depending on the pot size, can be from 8 inches to 4 feet in height. Some of the more common Aglaonema varieties are the Aglaonema Emerald Beauty, Silver Queen and the Aglaonema Silver Bay. These Aglaonema plants are the varieties most often used as interior landscape plants and are good choices if you are looking for an indoor plant for your home or office.
Aglaonema plants are variegated to some extent. Keep in mind that the variegated plants need more light than those with less or no variegation. Typically, the lighter the color of a plant, the higher the light levels it needs to maintain its color and variegation.
An Aglaonema plant in high light, can be allowed to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the depth of the potting media before giving a thorough watering. In a lower light situation, allow soil to dry almost completely before watering. Please read the section on watering for more on the most important part of your plant care.
Lighting - Aglaonema plants are great indoor plants for just about any location except full sun. Full sun, especially through glass, can scorch the exposed leaves. Aglaonema plants will survive in low light but will become thin, leggy and weak. For a nice looking, healthy plant, you must provide bright, diffused natural light or bright, artificial fluorescent light. Aglaonema plants will do quite well with just artificial lighting. For this reason it is ideal for use in professional office space. Aglaonema plants, and other indoor plants, will become leggy and thin if kept in low light for extended periods of time.
Temperatures for Aglaonema should not be allowed to drop below 60°F. They are not cold tolerant plants.
To help keep your Aglaonema house plants full and bushy, remove some of the new leaves as they appear. Do this by firmly grasping the stem the new leaf grows from and hold the new leaf near its base and gently pull. It should come out entirely and this is preferred. Do not use scissors. Leaves, stems etc. should be removed completely with no "stump" left behind. Wounds on a plant allow for entry of disease and can attract insects. Remove flowers or bracts in the same way.
Aglaonema plants should have few problems. They are prone to stem and root rot if the soil is kept overly wet, as are most indoor plants.
Mealy bugs are one of the most common insect problems that you may have with Aglaonema. An oval shaped, somewhat flattened body and six legs distinguish this insect, although they can appear to have more legs because of their "antennae" and "tails". They also have a fringe around the body. A waxy, protective substance covers the body of adults and egg sacs giving them a cottony appearance.
Mealy bugs excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. You may see or feel it on the leaves. They normally are found in hidden areas, the undersides of the leaves or in leaf axils. Keep an eye out for these pest, especially when you first bring a new plant home.
Treat new additions to your plant family for a week or two with a spray mixture of mild liquid dish soap and water. I often add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to my indoor plant cleaning mixture as it is often used as a natural insect repellent. Treat until run off, or use a sponge dampened with the mixture to gently clean all parts of your Aglaonema plant. You must be sure to hit the undersides of the leaves and the stems also. Cleaning should be a regular part of your indoor plant care.
Never apply anything to the foliage of your indoor plants while they re in the sun or when the soil is dry. Always water first and move to a shady location, if necessary.
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