Aglaonema is very popular with flower growers and is famous for its variety of varieties. Aglaonema grows well at home, but you need to create the necessary conditions for this.
- Description of the plant
- Features of growing at home
- Plant care recommendations
- Benefits and Applications
Description of the plant
Aglaonema red is an ornamental deciduous plant of the Aroid family. The stem is erect, short. The leaves of the plant are leathery with solid edges and have an oblong-lanceolate shape. The foliage can be red, pink, or beetroot. It can reach a height of 30 cm.
The length of the leaf is in the range of 10-15 cm. There are bright pink stripes along the veins of each leaf and along the edges.
The inflorescence is a cob surrounded by a greenish-white blanket. There are different varieties of red aglaonema, which differ in a variety of colors. The plant is easy to care for, so it is recommended to create the necessary conditions for it in order to enjoy the beautiful leaves and flowers of the aglaonema.
Features of growing at home
Under natural conditions, reproduction occurs by self-seeding or lateral basal processes. At home, the easiest way to reproduce is to divide the bush. In spring, during planting, the bush should be separated for the purpose of reproduction. It is necessary to examine the rhizome well.
On the side you can see small-sized processes with several leaves. They need to be carefully cut off with a knife and planted in the ground. If aglaonema is propagated by cuttings, then cuttings from the apical part are used. The cuttings should have 2-3 internodes. They are slightly pressed into the sandy-peat soil.
The container should be placed in a warm and well-lit place. Young shoots will appear in a few weeks. For good growth and development of the plant, a well-permeable substrate must be prepared. You will need sheet earth - 3 parts, humus, and charcoal - 0.5 parts, peat and sand in 1 part. Don't forget about the drainage layer. The pot needs to be taken wide and each time choose a larger volume of dishes.
Plant care recommendations
Aglaonema should be placed in a shaded area. The air temperature in the room should be 20-25 degrees in the summer and 16-18 in the winter. It is important to avoid drafts.
Watering should be plentiful in summer, but less watering in winter. The plant grows well indoors with humid air. It is recommended to spray the leaves with a spray bottle. Use soft and warm water for watering. Aglaonema needs additional feeding in the spring. For this purpose, mineral and organic fertilizers are used.
Autumn-winter time for a plant is a dormant period. Water should be regularly watered, but not fed. After transplanting, the flower grows slowly, adding about 5-6 leaves a year. Pruning must be done already in the third year of life, since they are stretched, which is reflected in the decorative effect.
It is necessary to transplant the plant once a year, while it is recommended to monitor the condition of the plant. If the leaves begin to dry at the edges and new ones grow in the middle, then this is a clear sign of transplantation. Also, if stagnation is observed after watering, then aglaonema needs a transplant. It is not difficult to take care of the plant, and even a novice florist will be able to cope if you adhere to the indicated care recommendations.
Benefits and Applications
Aglaonema secretes biologically active substances - phytoncides. They clean the air from harmful substances and pathogens. The plant also releases aeroins, which increase performance, improve well-being and help cope with depression.
However, aglaonema is a poisonous plant. If juice remains on your hands when working with a plant, then you must thoroughly wash your hands. All manipulations with poisonous plants should be performed with gloves.
If you eat a few leaves of the plant, then poisoning may occur. This should be remembered if there are pets in the house. The fruits of aglonema, which are also poisonous, are especially dangerous. The plant must be placed in a place where there will be no access to children.
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