Aglaonema Care
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Aglaonema Care

Welcome to our guide to aglaonema care. The key to getting the best out of an aglaonema is to maintain a regular watering schedule and to give it plenty of indirect sunlight to bring out the brightness in the leaves.

Aglaonema Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Let it dry out before watering it again, test it with your finger once a week.
Fertilizer:Feed it in the summer months, with a well diluted feed.
Soil:A well-draining peat-based potting compost.
Humidity:Normal household humidity levels ok but mist them once a day if you can.
Temperature:18-25°C (64-77°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Chinese evergreen.
Common issues:Browning leaves due to under or over watering.


Welcome to our guide to aglaonema care. the plants also known as Chinese evergreens are known for their beautiful patterned leaves.

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Light Needs

Aglaonemas like bright indirect sunlight. They will survive in medium light areas of your home but to encourage the bright foliage to be as vibrant as possible, make sure your plant gets plenty of indirect sunlight.

How Often to Water An Aglaonema

Let your plant dry out before watering it again, test it with your finger once a week. Aglaonemas do not like to sit in water.


Your plant will grow quicker if you feed it in the summer months, but dilute the feed down by twice as much as normal for aglaonemas so as not to burn the leaves.


Use a well-draining peat-based potting compost. Add perlite if you like, as the soil needs to drain well.

When To Repot An Aglaonema

If they outgrow their current pot, repot them up a size in spring. Refreshing the soil is good for plants, you can repot them every couple of years.


Aglaonema will do ok in most normal household humidity levels, but they prefer humidity, misting them once a day will bring out the best in them.


Aglaonema like 18-25°C (64-77°F) so will do well in most households. Do not let them get too cold, below 10°C (50°F) for long periods will damage them.

How To Propagate Aglaonema

Aglaonema is easy to propagate by taking stem cutting and rooting them in water. Wait half a day for cuttings to callous over then put it it in a jar of tap water. Keep it in indirect sunlight and warm for two months until it has rooted, then once the roots are developed you can pot it up into soil.

Aglaonema USDA Zone

You can grow them outside in zones 10-11.

Where To Buy An Aglaonema

Try your local plant shop, if not you can try one of these Rare Plant Shops.

Other Names For Aglaonema

Chinese evergreen.

Aglaonema Care FAQs and Common Problems

The leaves of aglaonemas will let you know when they have problems, as the tips will go brown. This can be due to under or overwatering, as well as sensitivity to hardwater. Try to maintain a regular watering schedule, go to water the plant once a week, but only do so if the soil is totally dry. And use filtered tap water.

Why Is My Aglaonema Leggy?

If your aglaonema is getting leggy it is most probably due to not getting enough light. So move it to a spot with a bit more indirect sunlight.

Why Are Aglaonema Leaves Turning Yellow?

Too much or too little water causes yellowing leaves, as well as pests. The best thing to do is check the plant each week to see if it needs watering, and check for pests at that time too.

Why Do Aglaonema Leaves Droop?

Aglaonema leaves can droop from too little water. Make sure you are watering it correctly. It can also be due too much water so be careful, but it is normally fairly obvious from how often you are watering the plant and if the soil is dry.

Why Do Aglaonema Leaves Curl?

Leaves curl when they lack moisture, so make sure you are meeting your plants watering and humidity needs.

Is Aglaonema Toxic To Cats?

Chinese evergreen is toxic to cats, it can cause vomiting and oral irritation. Seek vets advice if injested.

Types Of Aglaonema

There are a few types of different Chinese evergreen, we run down a few of our favorites:

Further Reading

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