Aglaonema modestum, or Chinese evergreen, a native of Southern China and Northern Thailand, is a perennial plant that reaches 2 feet in height (60 cm). The dark green, glossy leaves are 8 inches (20 cm) long by half as wide. Chinese evergreens are of easy culture and are well suited for the home environment.
Blooming In the greenhouse, the plants flower in the late winter to early spring. The spathes are 3 inches long and are not particularly showy.
Culture: Aglaonema modestum does best in partial shade to full shade with a rich, well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. During the growing season (for us, March-October), the plants are kept moist and fertilized on a weekly basis with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ˝ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months, the plants are allowed to dry slightly between waterings. Temperatures should never be allowed to fall below 50°F (10°C), as the plant will be damaged. They are fast growers and need to be re-potted every other year in the spring.
Propagation: Aglaonema modestum is easily propagated from cuttings and divisions in the spring.
Aglaonema modestum was featured as Plant of the Week December 17-24, 2004.
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