Aglaonema Care


PRO TIP: In the winter months when the sun is further from earth, Aglaonema go through a “resting” period and require less water. October – February you can dial back the amount of water given provided you don’t have the plant near a dry heat source. In general it is better to adjust the amount of water given rather than the frequency of watering.

The Aglaonema easily makes everyone’s favorite houseplant list! With its unique foliage, easy care, and ability to adapt to almost any home or office space, it’s hard to beat. Commonly called the “Chinese Evergreen”, this plant appreciates a spot where it can receive indirect light. For best results, bright diffused light is ideal. However it can tolerate lower light levels and even fluorescent lighting conditions. Direct sunlight could scorch the leaves, so be sure to keep it a few feet from a well lit window.

We also have a guide for how to measure light in your space.


Aglaonea Maria Leaf

Aglaonema come in a wide aray of colors and patterns. This one has a forest and light green speckled pattern and is called the Aglaonema Maria.

Routine Maintenance

PRO TIP: Keep your plant away from hot and cold air drafts. This includes window breezes, heaters, and air conditioning. Aglaonema prefer a temperature of 70 and 85 degrees fahrenheit. Night time temperatures should not vary more than a 10 degrees drop.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Before giving your plant a drink, it is best to check the moisture level in the soil first. Aglaonema like to dry out between waterings, so feel the soil with your finger a few inches down to ensure the soil isn’t moist right beneath the surface. If your plant is in a bright location, then you will want to water it when the soil is dry to the touch halfway down the pot. If you have your plant in fluorescent, or lower lighting conditions, then it’s best to let it dry out almost all the way through the pot before watering thoroughly. Consider aerating the soil of your plant before the initial watering. We compact the soil to avoid shifting during transit, so aerating can help the soil breath and allow for moisture to be released.

Look out for over watering with this plant as it can be prone to root rot. Signs indicating this would be yellowing, or even mushy stalks and leaves. If you find this occurring then it’s best to let the soil dry out completely before watering again.

For regular upkeep, dust the leaves often so the plant can photosynthesize properly. When dusting, take the opportunity to inspect the underside of leaves and keep an eye out for pests. Using fertilizer spring through fall will enhance your plants foliage and promote new growth. Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.

Remember each plant is a unique living thing and may have varying needs, especially in their individual locations. Pay attention to the condition of your Aglaonema and its watering needs and you will have a long and happy relationship.

Standard Planter Instructions

There are two types of standard planters offered by Greenery NYC—those with drainage holes, and those without. Within those two categories are an array of sizes and styles to choose from. All these factors play a role in the quantity and frequency of water given to your plant.

Plants purchased in a pot without a drainage hole have been set up with a built in drainage system. A layer of hydro stones (porous, absorbent material made of recycled glass) has been placed beneath the soil to act as a reservoir and retain any excess water that flows through the soil. You will need to be slightly more cautious not to pour too much water into these containers as there is no way for the water to escape. We suggest pouring small amounts of water in bit by bit, until you have reached the desired moisture level in the soil.

For plants with a drainage hole, water until it begins to come out the bottom of the pot and into the catch tray.

Always be sure to assess your plants watering needs upon receiving it. Refer to the routine maintenance section for moisture requirements. 

Self Watering Container Instructions

The self-watering planters require a good, solid watering of the topsoil after they are first placed. This is important, because the roots of the plants need to grow into the reservoir in order to drink from it. Follow the standard planter instructions for the first four weeks until the reservoir is ready to be tested.

TEST: After four weeks, fill the reservoir until the red indicator reaches the MAX line. If the indicator goes down over the first few days, it means the plant is ready for reservoir servicing. If not, be sure to continue top watering for a few more weeks, until the plant starts drinking from the reservoir.

RESERVOIR SERVICING: Once the indicator goes down, do not refill the reservoir right away. Similar to how humans need a breath of air between gulps of water, almost all plants require a drying out period. Ficus Audrey need to dry out between waterings only slightly, so once the reservoir is empty wait a few days before you refill. Always allow for the reservoir to empty all the way, and after the drying out period, be sure to fill it until the indicator reaches the MAX line.

From here on out, you should NEVER topwater the plant. If you water from the top, it can drown the plant. In the Self Watering Container, the top layer of soil will eventually become extremely dry and hard, and may even pull away from the edges of the pot. This is not a cause for concern, but simply because the plant is drinking directly from its roots in the water reservoir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Help! My Aglaonema has yellow or brown leaves shortly after receiving it.

  • This is most likely due to transplant shock. Transplant shock is totally normal, and almost all plant experience some form of it by losing a few leaves or showing some discoloration. Prune off any unsightly leaves and be sure to follow the care instructions. If the problem persists then refer to the care guide and see if light or water needs adjusting.

Why are my Aglaonema leaves drooping?

  • Droopy leaves can be an indication of improper light or water requirements. In too much direct sun, the plant can become weak and floppy. In not enough light, the leaves can also begin to wilt and show signs of weakness. Yellow and brown edging, moist soil, and droopy leaves combination is often a result of too much water. Full yellow, or brown crispy leaves, and dry soil is typically a cause of not enough water. If you are experiencing these symptoms, refer to the care guide and adjust as needed.

Why are the stalks of my Aglaonema turning yellow and brown?

  • This is most frequently caused by too much moisture being held in the soil. Aglaonema stalks retain water for the plant in periods of drought. If there is too much water in the soil and the stalks are also full of water, this can cause the plant to rot. In this case, hold off on water, aerate the soil, and prune any rotting stalks. Water the plant again only when the soil had dried completely throughout the pot.

How often should I fertilize my plant?

  • In general, house plants will thrive when they are fertilized spring through fall. Fertilize once every 6 weeks with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution and administration. Greenery NYC uses an organic potting mix with a slow release fertilizer in the soil so your plant will not need fertilizer within the first 6 months of receiving it.

How often does my plant need to be repotted?

  • For smaller desktop plants, we suggest repotting once every 12-18 months. Choose a potting vessel 1”- 2” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.
  • For larger floor plants, we suggest repotting every 18-24 months. Choose a potting vessel 2”- 4” larger in diameter to allow for growth. Don’t choose a pot much larger than the previous as this could drown the roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of your plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil and trimming away some roots and foliage. Repotting in the spring or summer is ideal.

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