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Colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

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Gardening | Colorful Aglaonema

The colorful Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) is a cheerful and colorful perennial that offers fabulous foliage month after month.  We recently brought one into our home, and I can verify that they are an attractive and easy plant to care for!  It is not surprising to learn that Aglaonema is considered to be one of the best houseplants for your home or office.  One of the reasons it is such a good houseplant is because it can flourish in lower light levels.

Although there are many varieties of this plant, the care for all Aglaonema plants is very similar.  The variety that is pictured in this post is the Aglaonema Siam Aurora.  I just love the red, green and yellow hues that it bestows.  Since I use small amounts of all these colors in my decorating, the Aglaonema Siam Aurora coordinates wonderfully with my furnishings and decor.

Some varieties will thrive inside the home with only a fluorescent light.  Here in Tampa, we can plant Aglaonemas outdoors – as long as they will be in a shady planting area.  They can not be placed in direct sunlight, no matter if they are indoors or outdoors.  The strong sun will burn their leaves, so for optimum health it is imperative that they are only exposed to low – medium light.  I have found that the color and brightness of their leaves is in direct correlation to the amount of light they receive.  For optimum color, it is recommended that you place them near medium light.

Height:  They range in height from 10″ tall to 3-4′ tall, depending on your variety.
Temperature:  Non-hardy below 50 degrees F.
Growth Rate:  Slow to moderate.
Water Needs:  Keep soil slightly moist, and water when dry.  Don’t water too often!
Light:  Indoors – within 6-10′ of a window, avoiding strong direct sunlight.
Outdoors – plant in shaded area, with no direct sunlight.
Fertilization:  It doesn’t really need any, as it adapts to most soil types.  For optimum growth, fertilizer can be applied in just the spring and summer months.  EarthPods Easy Indoor Plant Food is an excellent choice.

Here are a few guidelines for re-potting them –  select a container that is 2-3″ larger than the plant, with holes in the bottom.  Place the plant on a thin layer of stones.  Fill around and to the top of the root ball with potting soil; water thoroughly.  Please make sure the plant doesn’t sit in water.

These beautiful plants are durable and will live a long time.  If you are not sure whether the Aglaonema is a good choice for your location, you might consider researching other perennial choices that are described in this book, “Perennial All-Stars:  The 150 Best Perennials for Great-Looking, Trouble-Free Gardens”.

There is a perennial for every type of garden, whether you have wet or dry soil, or you have direct sun or shade.  Perennial All-Stars is an excellent gardening resource; helpful for those seeking trouble-free gardening!

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