Aglaonema is one of the world’s most common houseplants due to its durability, and ability to survive in both poorly lit and poorly ventilated areas. Temperate in nature, this plant makes the perfect winter time guest in your house and addition to your porch in the summer. There are a few simple steps to remember when caring for any one of the many species of Aglaonema.
Aglaonema should not be exposed to direct light, for any reason. They do best in moderate temperatures and humid climate. The darker the variety of species, the less light it will require. If you plan to place your Aglaonema in an area with more light, choose a variegated variety. It is also a good idea to keep your plant away from doorways and windows to avoid drafts.
In lower light situations, like those best tolerated by this plant, keeping the soil moist, but not saturated is the key. The best water for the Aglaonema is “soft” water at room temperature. For best results water more often in summer. Aglaonema enjoy a humid climate. Mist the leaves to raise humidity. During winter months, you may reduce the amount of watering, provided you are increasing the overall humidity in the air. Do not allow the plant to dry out completely and avoid direct heat sources that are prominent in the colder months. Keep in mind that this plant is prone to root rot if excess water is left in the pot.
Fertilizing and Feeding
While relatively maintenance free, many care tags on these plants read: “fertilize regularly”. But what does this mean? When being raised in a nursery, plants are often over-fertilized to produce hearty coloration and blooms. When your Aglaonema is relocated to the great indoors, the best method is to use a time released fertilizer granule or pellet. Additionally, Aglaonema are picky about their soil composition. Regardless of material (many professionals use a combination of organic matter, mosses, wood chips, or even Styrofoam) be sure that the mixture of soil both holds moisture well and drains adequately.
Yellow Curling Leaves and Root Rot in Aglaonema
One common problem inside this plant species is root rot. Over-watered plants often suffer from this and Aglaonema are especially susceptible. If you notice softening or “mush” on any part of your plant’s root system, quickly trim off the affected area to keep this from spreading.
Yellow, curling leaves can also be indicative of a virus or systemic disease. These can be extremely hard to fight. The best way to prevent your plant from catching a virus is to lightly mist its leaves daily.