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Aglaonema – A Favorite Indoor Plant – Chinese evergreen

One of my favorite groups of plants is the aroid family Araceae. This family has brought us so many great and wonderful indoor plants. Everything from Philodendrons, Spathiphyllum, Anthurium, Pothos, Alocasica, Dieffenbachia plant and Aglaonema (the Chinese evergreen plant), with dozens of others.

Since the 1980’s, Anthuriums and Spathiphyllums have received most of the attention of the foliage plant breeders. They’ve introduced many new varieties, flower colors, sizes and leaf textures.

Now it’s the Aglaonemas turn. In the last 10 years about 20-25 new varieties have been introduced. They’ve come a long way from the plain green Aglaonema modestum and the silver flecked Aglaonema commutatum. Some of these new Aglaonema varieties have already fallen by the wayside and some of the old varieties are making a comeback.

aglaonema new colorful varieties

The Aglaonema has been grown for centuries and has served as a workhorse for the professional plantscaper for the past 40 years or more. Until recently the choices were limited to about 4 varieties. The most popular being “Silver Queen”.

Aglaonemas have remained popular even with limited varieties. One downside to Ag’s is that they really don’t like the cold weather, drafts. Aglaonemas don’t like exposure to low temperatures. However, if you’ve been successful with Dieffenbachia care, the Chinese evergreen will perform well. This factor alone can simply limit where you can use these tough indoor foliage plants as well as transporting them during the winter.

Many of the new Aglaonemas coming to market are being bred to have one very important characteristic. They must be able to handle much lower temperatures. This alone opens up quite a few new avenues:

 

  • There will be more Chinese evergreen varieties grown
  • Production cost should be lower since heating bills should be lower
  • Less chance of cold damage in transport
  • More places that the Aglaonema could be used inside

More cold tolerance is just one area of improvement as well as:

  • Many new patterns on the leaves
  • Different color combos
  • White or cream colored stems
  • Wider leafs
  • Taller plants
  • Fuller plants
  • and the list goes on.

A couple of varieties to keep on the look out for is Aglaonema “Silver Bay”, Aglaonema “Jewel of India”, Aglaonema “Silver Ribbon” and Aglaonema “Red Siam”. They all sucker well which helps them not to get leggy, have good color and handle the cooler temperatures.

Another big addition in the world of agloanemas is the introduction of the color red. Lots of new items are hitting the market!

Although Aglaonemas have been used as foliage plants for decades indoors, with all the new varieties coming to market it’s going to give you a lot more choices indoors. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s around the corner.

Make sure you check your local nursery for these new varieties of house plants. If they don’t have them… all it should take is a simple call to their plant supplier.

Just a plant or two can provide a whole new look inside. One of the best features the Chinese evergreen plant have is that they are very versatile and easy to care for…if you know the basics.

  • Plant in a well-drained soil or potting mix
  • Fertilize with a houseplant fertilizer like 20-20-20
  • When watering – water thoroughly but do not allow the plants roots to sit in water.
  • Place in locations where they do not get direct light.

Since the aroid family has always been one of my favorites and I started collecting them back in my teen’s. They hold a special place in my plant growing history. They are the plants that really taught me “how to grow”.