Aglaonema "Chinese Evergreen"

Latin name

Aglaonema “Silver Queen”

Pronounciation

(“ag-lay-oh-NEE-mah”)

Common name

Silver Evergreen

Origin

Aglaonemas grow wild in Southesast Asia and the Philippines, although the hybrid that led to “Silver Queen” – a cross of Aglaonema nitidum “Curtisii” and Aglaonema pictum “Tricolor” occurred in a nursery in Florida

How easy is it care for?

Aglaonema “Silver Queen”, also known as Chinese Evergreen, is an easy low-maintenance houseplant with patterned leaves. Aglaonemas are native to the Philippines, parts of tropical Asia and Africa. There are many species and varieties used as ornamental plants and they all share the same compact habit with highly variegated leaves. The scientific name is derived from two Greek words; “aglaos”, meaning “bright” and “nama”, a filament or thread, referring to the striking stamens produced within the flowers. Aglaonema “Silver Queen” is a hybrid of two species and has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit All our potted plants come in compostable coir pots.

Caring for your plant

Light

Medium-low to medium-high (but can tolerate lower light levels if not over watered)

Watering

Keep the soil moist, but not wet, and avoid very cold water, which can be very damaging to the roots (allow to warm to room temperature of possible). Mist the leaves with tepid water to keep them looking fresh and to reduce the risk of two-spotted spider mite, or the leaf tips going brown and crispy.

Pruning

Little pruning required, but mature plants tend to form stalks, which can be cut back to encourage new growth from the base. The small and rather dull looking flowers should be removed as they use valuable resources and, as this is a hybrid, are sterile.

Feeding

A little dilute fertilizer in the water at every watering will be beneficial.

Pest & Diseases

Warm dry conditions may encourage two-spotted spider mite, so mist the foliage or keep the plant in a more humid environment (bathrooms are good). Mealybugs are an occasional problem, and they should be removed by cleaning the plant with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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