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Aglaonema

Family: Araceae.

Aglaonema commutatum Common name(s): Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema Genus of about 20 species of usually rhizomatous, evergreen perennials from tropical forest in Asia. The leaf blades are borbe on long, sheathing leaf stalks from a central growing point. The aglaonemas (the Chinese Evergreen) are grown for their large and colourful foliage. Aglaonemas tolerate some shade, but near-white varieties need a well-lit spot. In winter it requires warm and moist air.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 60F in winter.Semi-shade or bright light. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Grow in soil-based or soilless potiing mix. Water sparingly in winter. For the rest of thr year water thoroughly. Misting is necessary. Never use a coarse spray. Pot up basal shoots with a few leaves and roots attached. Air layering is an alternative. Cuttings may be rooted in soil or water at any time.
Aglaonema commutatum "Treubi"
Aglaonema commutatum "Treubi"
Aglaonema commutatum Schott. "Silver Queen"
Ribbon Aglaonema, 2-3' x 18-24", dark green with grayish markings along veins, 12" long leaves oblong-elliptic. Aglaonema commutatum Schott. "Silver Queen"
Aglaonema costatum N. E. Br.
Spotted Evergreen, broad oval deep green leaves spotted white and with white vein, slow growth to 1-2', creeping, good for terraria, requires warmth. Aglaonema costatum N. E. Br.
Aglaonema crispum (A. roebelinii hort.)
Pewter Plant, Painted Drop-Tongue, silvery markings on green, robust to 3-4' tall, tolerates very low light. Aglaonema crispum (A. roebelinii hort.)
Aglaonema Modestum
Chinese Evergreen, shiny dark green, waxy, glossy and lance-shaped to ovate, wavy margins, short clustering canes, tolerates very low light and low humidity. Aglaonema Modestum
Aglaonema nitidum Kunth.
Dark green barred or blotched white, narrow elliptic to lance-shaped, to 3' tall. Aglaonema nitidum Kunth.
Aglaonema oblongifolia
Aglaonema oblongifolia

User-submitted additions and corrections:

Lorraine Baxter
USA
27th Feb 2007
I see no mention in your text of it flowering, however, mine is producing a flower similar to the peace lily. Wondered if they were related.
Vicki Grant
us
29th Mar 2007
I have a chinese evergreen, and when they flower that means the growing conditions are right. Whatever your doing, keep it up. I like the contrast of the white flower spathe and the dark green leaves.
Sonja
NY
4th Jan 2008
I just baught a beautiful bunchy plant. In a bout a few weeks I started to loose leaves, and some of the stems started to turn yellow and the tips of the leaves got brown. I mist because its winter and the heat in my Apt. can get very intense. I don't water a lot only when necessary. tell me what am I doing wrong. HELP!
Houseplant Helpers
usa
16th May 2008
Sounds like a temperature problem, mixed with a bit of a water issue. Usually when the stalks or leaves turn yellow it is most likely a water issue. But with the heat in your apartment it could be partly that. Aglaonemas prefer a rather even temperatured environment. If your apartment experiences drastic changes in temperature or humidity this will affect your plants. I would also suggest not misting that plant it does not like to have wet leaves. I hope the plant has survived and all is well, but if not please feel free to contact me and we can trouble shoot the problem with more detail. good luck.
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