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Aglaonema Commutatum Tricolor or Aglaonema Silver Queen is a variety of aglaonema that has light green leafs and a white stem. Aglaonema Plant is a perennial, evergreen flowering plant native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea.
Aglaonema Plant is a perennial, evergreen flowering plant native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea. It belongs to the arum family, Araceae.
It is one of the easiest houseplants to grow.
The darker varieties of the plant require shade while the variegated varieties prefer bright light. However, the plant should not be exposed to direct sunlight. You can grow it in dappled light or even indoors with artificial light.
The plant has dark glossy green leaves with silvery edges and brushed with red or pink tones. The flowers are red in colour and look like a lipstick right before opening up and hence the common name lipstick plant. The plant flowers in spring and summer.
Water the plant regularly in the summer months. The plant prefers an evenly moist soil. Also, mist the plant to increase the humidity. Don't ever let it sit in watery, boggy conditions for long periods of time because that could lead to root-rot. Check the topsoil for dryness before watering again. You can cut back on watering in the winter months.
Use a rich, moisture-retaining but also well-draining soil. Don't use very heavy or clayey soils. Add some organic content to make the soil rich. You can also put a layer of mulch over the soil to retain moisture content and maintain an even temperature.
The plant reaches a height of at most 3 feet on maturity.
Fertilize the plant once in two weeks during the growing season. Use a water-soluble fertilizer with a ratio of 3:1:2 or 19:6:12 that contains micronutrients. Dilute the fertilizer to 1/4th its strength. You can also use a slow release fertilizer. Water the plant before fertilizing.
The plant generally remains free from pests and diseases. Mealybugs can infest the plant at times. They are usually found on the undersides of the leaves to be on a lookout for them Treat with appropriate pesticides. Sometimes over-watering can cause fungal problems in the plant so be careful of that.
You can grow it as a houseplant. It looks very attractive and accents any room in which it is grown. Since the plant is so easy to grow, it is one of the most popular choices for an office plant.