Aglaonema is a surprisingly decorative houseplant. The name is derived from the Greek: 'aglos' means beautiful and 'nema' thread, the name refers to the beautifully drawn leaves. One of the strongest selling points of this leaf beauty is that it is very easy to handle and can take a beating. This makes Aglaonema an ideal plant for people with not so green fingers, which nevertheless looks like a leaf plant for the more advanced. The plants have strong air-purifying properties that have a positive influence on the living environment.
Aglaonema is an 'easy care' product that is easy to handle. The plant requires a light location, but no bright sun, this can lead to leaf burning.
A room temperature of 18-22 ° C is fine, the plant must not be too cold.
- Water the plant regularly that is not too cold. The root ball must not dry out.
- Aglaonema does the spray regularly with lukewarm water, these are conditions that also occur in the area of origin - the tropical rainforest. If it is not too cold, the plant can also go outside for a rain shower.
- To keep the plant good for a long time, plant food every 3-4 weeks is desirable. Aglaonema is only for decoration and not for consumption.
Aglaonema is native to Southeast Asia, where the plant is found in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. The plant grows there as under-planting in tropical rain forests with high humidity, high temperatures and filtered sunlight. The plant belongs to the family of the Araceae (arachnid), characterized by the ear (spadix) and the bract (spatha), with which they bloom. With Aglaonema, however, it is not about this rather striking inflorescence, but about the decorative foliage. The family has many more leafy plants such as Dieffenbachia, Alocasia, Caladium, Monstera, Philodendron and Epipremnum. Flowering plants such as Anthurium, Spathiphyllum and Zantedeschia also belong to this family. They have in common that they have been cultivated for a long time and that growers have a lot of experience and knowledge about Aglaonema and associates.
The Aglaonema is a very strong plant and does not suffer much from diseases.
The range of this beautiful leaf plant is constantly being expanded with more beautiful and better cultivars. The plants are all characterized by a rich 'bushy' growth, but differ in leaf color and leaf thickness. Among the newcomers an increasing number of cultivars with slightly more leathery leaves, which means that they are even easier at home or in the office. The leaf drawing is often fascinatingly lively, with lots of gray and green hues, but there are also white variegated cultivars and new red-orange hues.
Cultivars are with gray-green leaves are Silver Queen, Maria, Maria Compacta, Maria Christina, Silver Bay, Silver Moon, Stripes, Cutlass, Gemini, BJ Freeman
With yellow or orange-reddish leaves are pseudo bracteatum, Golden Passion, Pink Jade, Ruby Sunset and Sparkling Sarah.