Aglaonema Care Guide for GiftTree NZ
Welcome to the GiftTree NZ Aglaonema Care Guide! Aglaonema, with their stunning array of colors and easy-care nature, have become a favorite
among houseplant enthusiasts in New Zealand. Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or new to the plant parenting world, this guide will help
you provide the best care for your Aglaonema.
Aglaonema, commonly known as Chinese Evergreen, are beloved for their decorative leaves and compact bush shape. Originating from the
Philippines and Indonesia, these plants thrive under a variety of conditions, making them perfect for indoor settings.
- Green and White Varieties: These plants are quite adaptable and will grow well in medium to low light.
- Colorful Varieties: Aglaonema with pinks, reds, and peach colors thrive in bright, indirect light to maintain their vibrant foliage. They're also suitable for fluorescent light environments, making them excellent office plants.
Avoid direct sunlight to prevent burning their leaves.
Watering Your Aglaonema
Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, Aglaonema prefer their soil to slightly dry out between waterings. Here's how to get it right:
- Water every 1 - 2 weeks, adjusting based on light exposure and temperature.
- Plants in lower light may need less frequent watering than those in brighter conditions.
Soil and Potting Mix
Choose a loose, well-draining potting mix to encourage healthy root growth. A mix of cacti and succulent soil, enriched with coco coir,
provides the perfect balance of drainage and moisture retention.
Temperature and Humidity
Aglaonema thrive in warm environments:
- Ideal temperatures range between 18°C and 26°C.
- While they can tolerate down to 15°C, it's best to avoid cold drafts and direct heat sources.
To mimic their humid natural habitat, consider:
- Placing your plant on a pebble tray.
- Grouping plants to raise humidity levels.
- Running a humidifier or placing them in naturally humid areas like bathrooms, where light conditions permit.
Feed your Aglaonema with a balanced houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions to avoid overfeeding:
- Apply at full strength every two weeks during spring and summer.
- Reduce to half strength once a month in autumn and winter.
Aglaonema can be propagated through offset pups or stem cuttings, offering a great way to expand your collection or share with friends:
- Pups can be separated during repotting.
- Cuttings require a node to successfully root and grow into new plants.
With their lush foliage and minimal care requirements, Aglaonema make a delightful addition to any space. By following these simple care instructions, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of these plants for years to come.
Happy planting from all of us at GiftTree NZ!