Lush Evergreen Indoor Plant with Variegated Foliage
|Botanical Name:||Aglaonema Crete|
|Common Name:||Chinese Evergreen|
|Light:||Low to bright indirect light|
|Watering:||Water when compost feels dry. Drain excess water|
|Feeding:||Once per month in the growing season|
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Aglaonema Crete is native to Asia’s wild tropical rainforests hence its common name Chinese Evergreen. Its botanical name derives from the Greek Aglos for bright and nema for thread which describes its variegated leaves. Leaves emerge from its crown on strong pink stems. Each leaf is oval and green with rich burgundy splashes. It certainly brings different colours to green household planet collections.
There are many types of Chinese Evergreen and in general the lighter the leaf, the more light it needs. Aglaonema Crete is a mid hue, so it prefers indirect light. If you place it in lower light the leaves will darken.
Chinese evergreens are excellent plants for forgotten corners with some light, and they are more forgiving than other houseplants like ferns. It will cope if you forget to water for a while and can be left to its own devices when you go on holiday.
How To Water And Feed Aglaonema Crete
When the compost feels dry down to a few centimetres soak the pot in a sink of water until the soil feels wet on top. Then, let it drain free of excess water. Any water left stagnant in the pot will rot its roots.
Weak houseplant fertiliser in the summer will help grow extra leaves. Feed it every 3-4 weeks in summer, but not during the winter when it’s dormant.
How Much Light Does Aglaonema Crete Need?
Low light to bright indirect lights suits Chinese Evergreen and it will adjust its foliage, turning darker in the shade. The only positions it can’t tolerate are deep shade such as a windowless room or direct light that will burn its rainforest floor foliage.
Where to Put Aglaonema Crete
All rooms of the house are suitable for Chinese evergreen, but it can be toxic if eaten so it’s best to keep it out of reach of kids and pets that chew.
Adult bedrooms, an office desk, bathrooms or living rooms are all good places.
Mist it once a week and Chinese Evergreen thrives.