The perfect indoor plant

For those of you who would like a plant which thrives indoors, but cannot manage anything that is too demanding in terms of care and attention, then the Aglaonema is probably for you. There are many varieties of Aglaonemas. They are admired, not for their flowers which are small, greenish white, but for their attractive mottled leaves. They grow in tight clumps in pots and would make an impact in any corner of an office or the house.

Aglaonema modestum elegans commonly called Chinese Evergreen, is a native of the Philippines and has adapted well to life indoors. It has rich, dark green leaves with a shade of lighter green. Another popular variety is Aglaonema crispum or Silver Queen, which is an American hybrid. As the hybrid name suggests, the greenish-grey leaves have a silver sheen to them. Also there is the Emerald Beauty Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonemas modestum – which is a smaller plant than the other Aglaonemas. It grows only at a moderate pace but consistently.

General care

Aglaonemas respond well as potted plants, and tend to prefer heavier soil. Feed them every two weeks with Miracle Gro All Purpose Plant Food, and they will grow quickly.

Keep the soil moist, but not soggy. You can also try Miracle Gro Leaf Shine on the leaves. Spray leaves with the leaf shine, and then wipe them with a soft cloth.  You will be surprised how shiny they will look. Removed damaged leaves with a pair of sharp scissors or a pruner.

Until next week, Happy Gardening!

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