Tuesday, December 04, 2007

About Aglaonema


Take a quick look at the picture, you will definitely recognize a plant you have seen plenty of times. Aglaonema is one of the most favorite indoor plants, as it grows easily with minimum care and is ideal to even the most inexperienced amateur gardener. Its name is once more totally Greek and its parts are translated as "aglos: shiny nema: string.
Regardless of the Greek origin of its name, aglaonemas come from the tropical forests of south-east Asia, from Thailand and Cambodia to Vietnam and Malaysia. The first time aglaonemas crossed their natural borders was around 1900 when the plant was brought to America and has been cultivated ever since. The first new varieties were developed in the 60s; those varieties led to the plants we know today as aglaonemas. However, new varieties are still being developed in the US mainly, the differences being in the color of its leaves. Aglaonemas belong to the aroids family, together with spathifyllum, dieffenbachia and philodentron. As its "relatives", it has shiny oval-shaped leaves, with jigged edges, fleshy to the touch and with impressive alternations of various tones of green. Its flowers look like small white callas and they produce a few yellow or red fruits. However, the basic reason for cultivating aglaonemas is their wonderful foliage and not its colors. Depending on the variety, its height can easily reach one meter or over. Care Aglaonema is one of the most ideal indoor plants. It is very resistant to disease and can be grown in conditions that might "kill" many other indoor plants. It can be easily adapted to different conditions and this trait makes it really easy to care for and as a result makes it very popular. Aglaonemas can be grown to any degree of lighting, from full-light rooms (filtered - never direct sunlight) to the darkest room of hour home. Of course, the more the light it gets the most impressive the colors on its leaves will be. If your problem is low light, aglaonemas are an ideal choice. Moreover, they can be easily grown together with other plants in the same pot. Although this is an indoor plant, in warm climates it can be cultivated outdoors as long as you keep it in a shaded area, preferably facing north. Aglaonemas love it warm and hate abrupt temperature changes and cold drafts. Ideally, temperatures should be between 18-30οC and the change in temperature between night and day should not be more than 10οC. A long time in either too low (<15ο)>35ο) temperatures may lead to yellowing of leaves or falling leaves and it will hinder its development to a great extent. So you're your plant around, to a warmer or cooler location depending on the temperatures and keep it away from drafts, i.e. next to windows or doors. When you decide where to place the pot, remember that temperatures are much lower close to windows than from any other area in your home during winter.

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