The Silver Bay Aglaonema, also known as the Chinese Evergreen, is a tropical plant with lush leaves native to China and the Philippines. There are multiple cultivars of the Aglaonema varying in sizes and color, but all Silver Bay Aglaonema feature rich green leaves attractively patterned with silver, making it a fun and easy plant to decorate with.
Aglaonema are perfect for beginners. They are easy to care for and are popular in offices because of their slow growing leaves and ability to thrive under artificial lights. When young, they are great for desks or tabletops; as they mature Aglaonema can be placed on the ground next to furniture to fill out a space. Aglaonema enjoy indirect light but tolerate low light and can adapt to artificial light as their only source. They are low maintenance and forgiving of infrequent watering; they can either be watered regularly to keep the soil evenly moist or once every few weeks. The resilience and slow growing nature of the Aglaonema make them perfect for beginning plant parents or for those who don’t have as much time as they would like to spend on their plants.
Although plant parents tend to have their own parenting style and each plant’s needs are different, our plant experts have a few suggestions they’ve found to be helpful overall.
The Aglaonema is low light tolerant allowing it to live in most living spaces but thrives in medium to bright indirect sunlight.
We suggest watering once a week allowing the soil to drain and dry. Aglaonemas are forgiving to under watering but are less tolerant to over watering. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering so if you start to see them simply remove them and scale the water back.
Similar to humans, plants like the Aglaonema prefer temperatures of 65⁰ to 85⁰.
A very light feeder, apply a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength once every 1 - 3 months.