Aglaonema is a surprisingly decorative houseplant. The name is derived from the Greek: 'aglos' means brilliant 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 going and can take a beating. That makes Aglaonema an ideal plant for people with less green fingers, but still looks like a leafy plant for advanced users. The plants have strong air-purifying properties that have a positive influence on the living climate.
Aglaonema is an 'easy care' product that is easy to handle. The plant requires a light position, but no bright sun, which can lead to leaf burn.
A room temperature of 18-22°C is fine, the plant should not be too cold.
- Water the plant regularly that is not too cold. The root ball must not dry out.
- Spraying the leaves regularly with lukewarm water does Aglaonema good, 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 in good condition for a long time, plant food every 3-4 weeks is required. Aglaonema is for decoration only 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 undergrowth in tropical rainforests with high humidity, high temperatures and filtered sunlight. The plant belongs to the Araceae family, characterized by the spike (spadix) and bract (spatha), with which they bloom. However, with Aglaonema it is not about this unobtrusive inflorescence, but about the decorative foliage. The family has many more foliage 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 its associates.
The Aglaonema is a very strong plant and does not suffer from many diseases.
The range of this beautiful foliage plant is continuously 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 in the home or office. The leaf markings are often fascinatingly lively, with many shades of gray and green, but there are also white variegated cultivars and new red-orange shades.
Cultivars with gray-green foliage are Silver Queen, Maria, Maria Compacta, Maria Christina, Silver Bay, Silver Moon, Stripes, Cutlass, Gemini, BJ Freeman
With yellow- or orange-reddish foliage are pseudo bracteatum, Golden Passion, Pink Jade, Ruby Sunset and Sparkling Sarah.