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 Speciality Potting Mix Plants and Ferns
  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.
  5. Protect your plants from annoying fungus gnats by applying a layer of Yates Gnat Barrier to the top of the mix. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Feed the plant fortnightly during spring and summer with Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Liquid Plant Food. If you prefer a set-and-forget option, use Yates Thrive Plant Food Spikes Plants & Ferns. Simply insert the required amount of spikes into the potting mix and water in well - it feeds for up to two 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 mounds with a free-draining mix to assist with drainage.  
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area slightly larger than the root ball. Add Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser to the area and mix in well.
  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 Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. Apply around the root zone and water in well.

Growing tips

Plant different coloured species together to create attractive foliage contrast.

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