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Aglaonema stripes is a popular ornamental plant belonging to Araceae family. These plants are native to tropical Asia and are one of the varieties of Chinese evergreen. This plant is famous for its ease to grow and is mostly used in Indoor gardening
Aglaonema stripes is a grass-like plant which requires little care to grow but offers a beautiful foliage. It is one of the most popular plants among novice gardeners because of their hassle-free nature. In spite of demanding little care, their striped foliage makes the Aglaonema stripes an elegant addition to your garden.
Placement is an important factor in the care of Aglaonema stripes. They should not be placed under direct sunlight or near air vents. The leaves should be cleaned regularly with a moist cloth to avoid the accumulation of dust and dirt.
The plants should be exposed to bright but indirect sunlight. The optimum temperature for them to grow is 15-25 degrees Celsius.
Under low light, the plants should be watered when the soil is completely dry and under high light, they should be watered when almost half of the soil from the top is dry. The Aglaonemas should not be watered too much as it may cause the roots to rot.
An organically rich and well-drained soil is ideal for the growth of these plants. The soil must be kept moist but not soggy. A rich potting mix with good drainage capacity can also be used.
Ideally, the plant should be fertilized two times a month through spring to autumn. An ideal fertilizer for this plant would be a solution of 1 tsp. soluble 20-20-20 analysis fertilizer and 1-gallon water.
The leaves are evergreen and variegated. They are oval with white stripes.
The plant grows up to 28-34 inches in height.
Pruning involves pinching off the tips of the young stems to encourage growth.
It should also be noted that these plants can propagate by stem cutting or division.
Aglaonemas are rather slow to grow. Therefore they should be repotted after 2-3 years, repotting it before that would disturb the root system unnecessarily.
Before repotting the top of the stem that has gotten leggy must be chopped off and then it should be planted in a 2:1 mix of perlite to potting mix (too much soil can cause root rot).
The most serious problem with the Aglaonema is the root rot. Prevention of overwatering or directly chopping off the infected part might save the plant.
Besides root rot, the plant can also suffer from pest infestations. Common pests include mealybugs, mites, aphids etc. Regular fertilizing may help to prevent these infestations.
These plants are mainly used for ornamental purposes.