Aglaonema is a genus of plants that make excellent houseplants for beginners and are suitable for a shady spot.
The genus includes about fifty species and belongs to the family Araceae, having that family’s flowering spadix surrounded by a spathe but it is rather insignificant.
It is its generally variegated foliage which makes the plant attractive.
These are evergreen perennials with stems erect or prostrate, growing erect or creeping. Stems that grow on the ground will root at the nodes. With age, the plant will develop a small trunk.
They usually have a crown of large leaves, often variegated with silver, white, yellow or pale green.
The flowers grow on a spadix with female flowers at the base and male flowers above. The stamens of the male flowers gave its name to the plant.
The fruit is a fleshy berry that turns red when ripe and contains one large seed.
Aglaonema: from the Greek aglaós (bright, beautiful, splendid) and nema (thread)
USDA zone 10-11
Commercial potting soil
Partial shade, shade. Too much light decreases the variegation.
Keep soil moist without standing water
Universal liquid fertilizer, once a month during growth period, nothing in winter
18-30 °C, below 18 °C growth stops
Growth is slow, repot every 2 years in spring
By division when repotting