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Aglaonema Varieties and Plant Care
A most diverse house plant group, it seems the plant producers are always coming up with a new and improved Chinese Evergreen. Sometimes these new varieties are healthy and robust. Sometimes they develop problems and they just stop growing them. Some of those varieties are listed in the left menu.
An attractive, easy care plant, Aglaonema is on just about every list of best houseplants. Aglaonemas 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.
Some of the more common Aglaonema varieties are the Aglaonema Emerald Beauty, Silver Queen and the Aglaonema Silver Bay. One of the more colorful types, the Aglaonema Siam, is showing up more often. Aglaonemas have a bush-like or clumping growth and, depending on the pot size, can be from 8 inches to 4 feet in height.
Almost all Aglaonema are variegated to some extent. Keep in mind that the variegated types need more light than those with little or no variegation. Typically, the lighter the color of a plant, the higher the light levels it needs to maintain its color and variegation.
If you place your Aglaonema plant in high light, you can allow the potting mix to dry approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of the way out before watering thoroughly. In a lower light situation, you can allow soil to dry completely between waterings. Please read the section on watering for more on the most important part of your plant care.
Aglaonema is a great plant for just about any location except full sun. Full sun, especially through glass, can burn or scorch the leaves of a plant. Aglaonemas will survive in low light but for a nice looking plant, try to provide bright, diffused natural light. Aglaonema does well under artificial fluorescent light also. That makes this attractive, easy care plant ideal for use in professional office space.
Problems with Aglaonema plants should be few. They are prone to stem and root rot if the soil is kept overly wet. Aglaonema will become leggy if kept in low light for extended periods of time.
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. Here is a picture of mealybugs.
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 plant while it is in the sun or when the soil is dry. Water first and move to a shady location.
Help keep your Aglaonema plant full and bushy by removing 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.
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