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Aglaonema gemini plant care : maintenance and treatment

Aglaonema gemini plant care : maintenance and treatment

Aglaonema gemini plant care : maintenance and treatment

Introduction

The Aglaonema genus comprises a species of nitrogen-fixing plants that is utilized as an ornamental in landscape and garden settings. They are used as low-growing ground covers and for vertical growth on walls and trellises. They will grow in most shady conditions, but will require regular moderate water to keep them from becoming thirsty.

This plant is an Asparagus species, not a true fern. Ferns belong to another plant genus and are perennial plants, Aglaonema are tropical epiphytes with simple, deciduous, hollow, red- or brown-skinned, square stems that produce several vertical stems with 3 to 6 leaves arranged in a spiral.

The green or red to dark red compound leaves are up to 1" long with 11-21 pinnae. The flowers are usually small, white or pink with red spots or stripes, and may be in rounded clusters, from 2 to 4-5" in diameter. The flowers appear throughout the year but are most abundant in early to mid-spring. The bright yellow berries are ellipsoid and 5-10mm in diameter.

This species is widely grown as an ornamental in the landscape as it is very easy to care for and the plant itself is attractive. It does well in a range of conditions from full sun to full shade, as well as a variety of soils with even the heaviest soil being far less draining than regular potting soil.

Facts and Guidelines

Growing Tips

Very easy to care for, hardy to 40° F (5° C).

Shade is best.

Keep well-watered in the spring and summer.

Needs regular moderate water for optimum plant health.

Benefits

Attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

Features

Uses in gardening, landscaping, and home design.

Seed can be started in February in a cold frame in the garden to grow for use in the spring and summer.

Seed is germinated on wet paper towels in a cold frame at a temperature of 35-50° F (2-10° C). Sow directly in a cold frame or set the seedlings in the garden in 5-10" pots in late spring.

Germination can be accelerated with supplemental lighting.

Growing Tips

Keep well-watered in the spring and summer.

Shade is best.

Fertilize when plant is actively growing and in early spring.

Water thoroughly during dry periods and wait until roots are thoroughly soaked before watering again.

Seedlings are best fertilized when the plant is actively growing. A fertilizer with some slow release fertilizer will encourage root and bud growth while a high nitrogen fertilizer encourages strong foliage growth. Use a fertilizer with 1/4 to 1/2 the amount of nitrogen as your plant's individual rate.

A good slow-release fertilizer for this species would be 13-14-15 PPM (1/2 recommended rate) N-P-K from a well-known manufacturer.

If you are applying a 10-10-10 fertilizer, apply 10-15-15. If you are applying a 10-20-20 fertilizer, apply 15-20-20.

Growing Tips

Expect variable and unpredictable performance from plants from the same batch of seed due to their many genetic variations.

Growing Tips

Keep well-watered in the spring and summer.

Seed can be started in February in a cold frame in the garden to grow for use in the spring and summer.

Seed is germinated on wet paper towels in a cold frame at a temperature of 35-50° F (2-10° C). Sow directly in a cold frame or set the seedlings in the garden in 5-10" pots in late spring.

Germination can be accelerated with supplemental lighting.

Growing Tips

Keep well-watered in the spring and summer.

Shade is best.

Fertilize when plant is actively