indoor aglaonema

Aglaonema, also called ‘Chinese evergreens’, are a wonderfully diverse and colourful range of leafy plants that are native to tropical and sub tropical areas in Asia. Their foliage can be striking mottled mixtures of red, pink, silver, green, yellow or cream and can be used to bring life and colour to your home! You can plant them in shaded parts of the garden too, provided you live in a warm frost-free climate.



How to grow aglaonema in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 250mm wide (or larger, depending on the size of your plant). Position in well-lit spot, away from direct sunlight. 
  2. Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  4. Position in pot and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well afterwards.
  5. Water when the potting mix feels dry – insert your index finger to the first knuckle, if it’s dry, water and if it’s moist, leave watering for a few more days. 
  6. Feed the plant fortnightly during spring and summer with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. This fertiliser promotes strong root development and healthy foliage growth. No feeding is required during the winter months.

 

How to grow aglaonema in a garden

  1. Choose a warm sheltered spot in the garden that receives bright, indirect sun and has well drained soil. In poorly drained areas, create an elevated mound of freely draining soil.
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area slightly larger than the root ball.
  3. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots and cut away any circled or tangled roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Water in well, keeping the water away from the leaves. 
  5. Feed each spring and autumn with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser by applying around the root zone and watering in well.

 


Growing tips

Plant different coloured species together to create attractive foliage contrast.


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Common Problems & Solutions

Two-spotted mites: Yellow mottling or bronzing of the leaves. Significant distortion of leaf buds. Fine webbing can be seen on heavy infestations.

Mealy Bugs: New growth appears distorted with a whitish substance in and around the leaf bases. 

Aphids: New leaves distorted and yellow, foliage and stems covered in sooty mould,  tiny black, brown, grey or green insects crowded on young leaves and shoots.