Plant Profile

A colourful houseplant originating in China, the Aglaonema species is part of the Arecaceae family of plants. Commonly called the Chinese evergreen the Aglaonema is a perfect beginner houseplant, tolerating a wide range of light conditions and home environments. 

Learn all about the Aglaonema plant below.

How big does it grow?

Plants grow to a height of 40cm-1.2m & width of 25-30cm.

What does it look like?

Foliage can be bright mottled variations of white, greens, pinks, silver, yellow and cream.

Small spathes may appear on short stems. Spathes are light green, with a white spadix in the centre.  

These will only appear in ideal conditions, in the Summer months.

How do I care for Aglaonema?

Yellow leaves should be investigated and removed. These are usually caused by over or under watering or pests.

You should water your plant deeply, but allow the soil to dry out between drinks. 

These plants are suitable for low light positions. They are a very low maintenance plant.

What is the preferred climate?

Tropical and subtropical to temperate climates are preferred. Mild temperatures are suitable, but protect from frost.

Are there any pests or diseases I should check for?

Aglaonemas are tough plants but may be susceptible to mealybug, spider mites and scale.

Treat pests with horticultural oils such as Neem oil or white oil or use systemic insecticides.

Where should I keep my Aglaonema?

Suitable for shade in the garden or bright indirect light indoors.

They will tolerate lower light conditions than other houseplants, they will not tolerate direct sun

What should I pot my plant in?

Ensure there is well drained soil or use a good quality premium potting mix.

I mix 40% perlite in with 60% premium potting mix for indoor plants.

For tips on how to repot a new plant, read this. 

Do they need much space?

When planting, space 50 centimetres apart. For pots, one with a 25-30cm diameter should be sufficient.

Varieties of Aglaonema: 

  • Aglaonema siam aurora
  • Aglaonema commutatum
  • Aglaonema red valentine
  • Aglaonema silver king 
  • Aglaonema tricolour
  • Aglaonema marantifolium
  • Aglaonema pictum
  • Aglaonema nitidum
  • Aglaonema pink dalmatian

Just to name a few! 

Aglaonema Aglaonema plant with unopened spathe on white background

Aglaonema Pink Dalmatian

Yates have another great article about growing Aglaonema plants here.

Do you have a favourite variety of Aglaonema plant? 

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About the Author Rachel Okell

A self confessed plant nerd, Rachel loves indoor plants, tropical plants and learning about new plants. Rachel is currently working as a Horticulturist helping people solve problems, pick plants & plan gardens. The best part of her job is being surrounded by plants all day! Rachel has a deep appreciation for all things green & hopes to share her knowledge and passion to help people learn about plants.

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