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In China and most Asian countries, the aglaonema plant is believed to be a bringer of luck.
This is why in Asian countries like China, Indochina, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, the aglaonema plant takes gardening precedence.
It is such that almost every home has a plant pot with one variety or the other of the aglaonema plant.
Popularly known as Chinese evergreens, the aglaonema plant is an ornamental plant species grown for its beautiful leaves.
They grow in temperate climates and do not tolerate cold conditions.
Even though they can be propagated using their seeds, most aglaonemas are asexually propagated by stem cuttings and grafting.
Aglaonemas have a variety of species; some of which are popular and can be found easily, while there are some that are rare and difficult to find.
Aglaonemas are a beautiful species of plant that deserve all the care they can get. This article will teach you how to provide that care to your growing aglaonema plant.
This article lists the various types of Aglaonemas, explains the right gardening practices for helping an aglaonema bloom, and gives tips on how best to care for an aglaonema plant.
The Different Types of Aglaonema Plants
The Aglaonema comes in different types and variations The differences can be clearly seen in their leaf color, leaf stroke patterns, height, and size of the plant.
The different types of Aglaonema, have different unique attributes with survival needs varying from one plant to another.
There are about 24 different types of aglaonema plants that exist and grow in different countries in Asia and around the world.
Below is a list of the different types of aglaonema plant
1. Aglaonema Brevispathum
2. Aglaonema Chermsiriwattanae
3. Aglaonema Cochinchense
4. Aglaonema Commutatum
5. Aglaonema Cordifolium
6. Aglaonema Costatum
7. Aglaonema Densinervium
8. Aglaonema Flemingianum
9. Aglaonema Hookeriarianum
10. Aglaonema marantifolium
11. Aglaonema modestum
12. Aglaonema nebulosum
13. Aglaonema nitidum
14. Aglaonema ovatum
15. Aglaonema philippinense
16. Aglaonema pictum
17. Aglaonema pumilum
18. Aglaonema roebelinii
19. Aglaonema rotundum
20. Aglaonema simplex
21. Aglaonema tricolor
22. Aglaonema vittatum
Each of these unique types of aglaonema species is grown in different countries of the world and has over time adapted to the climate conditions of the resident country.
Even though the aglaonema plant is intolerant to cold, there are some species that have over time due to evolution and adaptation, grown some form of resistance against cold climates, such that they can survive and flower properly in winter and cooler climates.
In this article, we will be explaining and stating the uniqueness of just twelve of these varieties.
1. Aglaonema Brevispathum: this species of the aglaonema plant is grown in Indochina, South-Eastern Asia.
It usually grows along river banks and does not produce more than three leaves per flowering season.
The leaves are broad, green-colored, and decorated with faint patterns of green
2. Aglaonema Chermsiriwattanae: the Chermsiriwattanae prefers to grow in a lowland forest.
It is majorly grown in Thailand Peninsula and stays evergreen all year round. The stems usually crawl on the ground but grow upwards eventually.
The leaf of this species is broad and decorated with markings that look white.
3. Aglaonema Cochinchense: this is characterized by broadleaf and a light green color. It is also an evergreen plant.
4. Aglaonema Commutatum: this is native to the Philippines and can grow up to 1.5 feet tall.
It is usually bushy and has dark-green leaves with silver blotches on its edges.
5. Aglaonema Cordifolium: also native to the Philippines, the aglaonema Cordifolium has a stem that is 1.2 meters thick and can grow up to one meter tall.
Its leaves are broader than all the other species of aglaonema.
6. Aglaonema Costatum: this variety is usually referred to as the spotted one. This is due to the fact that on its leaves are numerous beautiful white spots.
7. Aglaonema Densinervium: this grows in tropical regions and can get up to 200cm in height. The leaves are broad and usually have a green-white spathe.
8. Aglaonema Flemingianum: this species is native to the peninsula of Malaysia.
It grows in warm climates and can grow up to 24 inches in height. The leaves are inconspicuous and have a seasonal bloom.
9. Aglaonema Hookerianum: this is found in North-Eastern India and has a 1.5-meter thick stem. The leaves are green and have a good number of leaf veins.
10. Aglaonema marantifolium: these species are perennials that have stemless growth. They produce berries and have a brilliant yellowish spathe on their leaves
11. Aglaonema modestum: the flower is arranged in a spadix and is surrounded by a white spathe.
When the flowers are removed, the growth energy is redirected to the leaves.
12. Aglaonema nebulosum: this is a herbaceous species that can grow up to 60 centimeters tall. Their leaves are broad and have brown spathes around them.
How Do You Identify an Aglaonema
Aglaonemas come in different shapes, sizes, and colors depending on their species and habitat.
But, there are three major characteristics to look out for in every aglaonema to accurately tell whether it is an aglaonema.
1. Leave size: Aglaonemas, regardless of their species, have broad leaves. They grow in temperate, warm regions and consume a lot of water, hence the reason for broad leaves.
2. Mode of propagation: every aglaonema plant can be propagated annually by seeds or asexually through stem cutting, grafting, and budding.
Some species produce berries in which the seedlings are stored. Others produce flowers that contain angiosperms and gymnosperms.
3. Toxicity: despite the variation in color and leaf pattern, every aglaonema plant is not dangerously toxic to humans and animals.
It does not have the capability to cause death upon ingestion. Some varieties cause itching of the skin and esophagus area, but not death.
If the plant is capable of killing an animal or human being, then, it is not an aglaonema.
Are There Rare Aglaonemas?
Aglaonemas have a lot of varied species. Funny enough, more and more species of the aglaonema plant are still being discovered by different botanists in different parts of the world.
It is believed that some of these species stayed dormant for some years and are only beginning to sprout up again because the climate conditions are beginning to favor their survival.
So, yes there are rare aglaonemas. Plenty of rare aglaonemas will be listed as you continue reading this article.
What Are The Rare Aglaonema Types?
The following Aglaonema species are rare and hard to come by.
Those who cultivate them usually sell them at prices that are clearly exorbitant, to limit the number of people who have access to the exclusive species.
The following are some rare aglaonema species:
1. Aglaonema Red Siam Aurora
2. Aglaonema Big Roy
3. Aglaonema Morodoklok
4. Aglaonema super white
5. Aglaonema White Dalmatian
How Often Do You Water Aglaonema?
Water is essential for the growth and survival of the aglaonema plant. the aglaonema plant can take both soaking and misting as forms of watering.
Soaking as a technique of watering the aglaonema plant should be done only when the plant soil is sufficiently dry.
Watering should be done at least once in two weeks. This is to let the plant adequately use the water supplied before re-watering.
The Aglaonema likes water but not in excessive quantities.
Misting should be done to maintain a humid environment around the plant. misting should be done more frequently and should not last for too long.
It’s not meant to get the plant all soaked up and drenched.
How Do You Make Aglaonema Bushy?
A bushy aglaonema is an aglaonema plant that has a lot of leaves and probably flowers.
To make your aglaonema plant bushy, practice the following gardening tips:
1. Prune the aglaonema from time to time. This helps eliminate dead and weak leaves and creates room for the growth of new leaves.
Pruning is also a way of multi-ferous asexual propagation, such that every pruned stalk grows up to become a new part of the aglaonema plant.
2. Ensure your aglaonema plant is getting moderate light and heat from the sun. keep the plant pot away from direct sunlight and excessive heat.
This way, growth can occur rapidly on the plant, and in no time, your once scanty aglaonema plant can become really bushy.
3. Use regular, well-draining soil for growing your aglaonema plant. let the soil be rich in nutrients and have good water retention capability.
Poor soil eventually affects the growth of your aglaonema plant and makes its growth stunted.
4. Apply fertilizer to the plant if the soil isn’t fertile enough. To ensure your soil does not dampen the possibilities of a continuously bushy plant, repot the plant every year.
Fresh soil on your aglaonema plant has a way of boosting the growth of the plant.
It’s been a long and worthy read. We hope you now understand all there is to know about the aglaonema plant species and the best practices for a healthy blooming aglaonema plant.
In this article we said:
· Aglaonema plant species are native to Asian countries and are believed to be ornamental plants with the ability to bring luck
· They have over 24 different types of aglaonema plants, each varying from the other in uniqueness.
· All aglaonemas can be identified using three markers; leave sizes, mode of propagation, and toxicity.
· Aglaonemas have evolved through the years and there is a certain species of the plant that can tolerate some level of cold.
The aglaonema plant is a beautiful ornamental plant that suits every home and office furniture, as a perennial evergreen, you can have your aglaonema plant blooming all year round, bringing you all of the luck believed to be embedded in it.