Aglaonema Plant Care Guide – How to Grow Chinese Evergreen

Some time ago, while visiting a friend after a while, I noticed a new plant in one of her corners. I remember I couldn’t resist asking why she was growing a miniature bush in her home. She said it wasn’t a bush but an aglaonema plant.

A what, excuse me?

Naturally, being a plant lover myself, I couldn’t resist getting one and I heartily recommend you do the same.

If you have any concerns about aglaonema plant care, I am here for you!

So, let’s go step by step and see how to care for these gorgeous indoor plants and make them all the more beautiful!

Aglaonema Ideal Lighting

aglaonema in pink and green variegation

Ok, the first thing that you need to know here is that not all aglaonemas require the same amount of light.

How so?

Well, for starters, there are many varieties/variegations of aglaonema, so you need to be sure of which one is yours.

For example, aglaonema maria and red aglaonema care are not the same.

Basically, the main fact here is that the lighter variegations (i.e. the ones with brighter leaves) require more light, and the darker ones will thrive in shade.

Still, in no case whatsoever aglaonema thrive in bright, indirect light for them to be happy. If you treat your aglaonema as an outdoor plant ( which by the way they all are ), make sure to place them near a shady locaton.

Temperature and Humidity

To be perfectly honest with you here – aglaonemas are kinda delicate creatures.

They do like humidity – they like it very much so. So, to aid the humidity in the air and the soil itself, try misting it every once in a while. It goes a long way in creating (no to say, imitating) the greenhouse conditions that aglaonema thrives in.

As for temperature, keep it at 65°F and it’ll do just fine.

Aglaonema plants

To further support my claim about the delicacy of aglaonema (any variety), they are highly draft intolerant. So, keep them away from windows, air conditions, balconies, and the like.

Keep the temperature at the given optimum if you want your beauty aglaonema to grow properly.

Aglaonema Best Potting Mix

potting mix

Our Chinese evergreen yellow leaves plant cannot go with just any soil that comes to your mind.

Naturally, you will go with well-drained soil that doesn’t keep the excess water for too long.

As for the mix itself, stick to the peat-based mix with added perlite. This will be the best choice for optimum drainage.

On the other hand, some nitrogen is also a good choice (though, not too much). Basically, any loose soil will do great.

Watering Aglaonema

Ah, I learned the hard way that aglaonema plants love water. Particularly so during the summer.

Obviously, you will have to water abundantly during the summer season so the plant has sufficient humidity. Also, remember to mist!

On the other hand, you can cut back on watering during the wintertime since aglaonema will not require that much water.


Never let your aglaonema dry out! This is detrimental or their overall health.

Drying out means depriving your aglaonema of the required water and humidity levels it needs to survive. Even if it is quite dry, don’t try to make it up with the next watering. Be moderate and take proper care to water regularly.

Fertilizing Aglaonema

‘Cause, why the heck not?

I mean, we all go for a little fertilizer every once in a while.

Adding fertilizer to aglaonema is always a good idea since it will boost the growth and improve the general well-being of the plant.


As is the case with plants in general, fertilizer is omitted when aglaonema is in its dormant phase. Naturally, this is the winter season so hold back the fertilizer until spring.

At that time, you can start mixing fertilizer with your soil. I am sure that you already know that there are multiple forms of fertilizer to choose from, but for optimum results for an aglaonema, pellets (slow-releasing ones, mind you) are a perfectly good choice.

Another option is to give a try to liquid fertilizer.

See what works best and fertilize away!

Again, don’t overdo it. Too much fertilizer can cause the leaves or stems to burn, so be moderate.


Once you get to love a plant, you keep finding ways to propagate it. However, it’s not that simple at times.

I remember my gerbera developed some side shoots (I don’t know how either) and I plucked them out and placed them in water. Of course, I didn’t achieve anything since it is a fact that gerberas propagate by root division every two years.

So, stick to the “traditional” methods of propagating.

For aglaonema, this means that you need to stick to newly developed plant shoots that you can use for further repotting.

Another way is when you have just purchased the plant that you divide it (there will be multiple shoots).

Good luck!

Potting & Repotting

Interestingly, this maintenance step is the one where we see how simple aglaonema is (in a good way). Namely, aglaonema is a slow-growing plant and it doesn’t grow very high or wide.

When fully grown, it can reach some 10–48 inches, which is not a lot.

Still, it takes time and time for the aglaonema to reach this size. This is why you have this advantage that you can repot it every two to three years.

Then go a size up with the pot and you’re good to go.

From experience, I figured that the pierced pots are the best option for aglaonema since they make the excess water run through eliminating the threat of rot.

Potting & Repotting

As for color and shape of pots – you don’t need me for this.

Mix and match, do as you please.

Common Pests

We are all aware that there comes a time when you just can’t but watch your plant give in to the pests. Luckily, it is in our nature to care for the plants sufficiently to help them overcome this problem.

Speaking of aglaonema, mealybugs and spider mites are the most typical pests. You can get rid of these with adequate pesticides.

Just follow the instructions on use inscribed on the product of your choosing.


Aglaonemas are lovely plants and you should definitely get one, no matter if it is aglaonema Creta, Maria, or Aurora.

Although aglaonema care may seem a bit tricky at first, this is where you got all the info, so use them to your advantage and grow a beautiful aglaonema yourself.

Try it today and leave some photos in the comments.


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