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How to care for aglaonema

How to care for aglaonema

Aglonema is basically a plant native to Southeast Asia with its original habitat in tropical rain forests such as the climate of Indonesia. Some types of aglonema are even native to the Indonesian region.

Based on the climate and weather in Indonesia, which is the original habitat of several types of aglonema, of course, caring for aglonema is not so difficult. Here's how!!

How to care for Aglaonemas

1. Using the Right Planting Media

Planting media is a very important parameter in maintaining ornamental plants. A very popular growing medium used for aglonema plants is to use a mixture of burnt husks and fertile soil. Then the fertilizer used is usually natural fertilizer from animal waste.

Planting Media

However, if you don't want to be complicated, you can buy the finished product for aglonema growing media provided by various brands which are ready to use and you can be sure that the nutrition of the aglonema plant will be fulfilled.

2. Get Enough the Sunlight

Please note that the original habitat of this aglaonema is in tropical rain forests where the intensity of sunlight is not too much. For this reason, aglonema should not get excessive sunlight because it can damage plants.

Some people outsmart this in several ways, namely:

  • Using UV Plastic

This UV plastic is used to reduce exposure to ultra violet (UV) rays from the sun. The UV plastic used is 6% or 14%.

UV Plastic

The percentage of UV plastic presentation shows the ability of the plastic to block the sun's ultraviolet rays. The higher the value, the higher the ability of the plastic to ward off UV rays from the sun.

  • Using Paranet
This paranet is shaped like a net which can reduce the intensity of sunlight by 60% to 75%.
Paranet Aglonema
Some aglonema hobbyists or cultivators use this Paranet to reduce the intensity of sunlight received by aglonema.

  • Using Polyethylene Plastic

Some people use this PE / Polyethylene plastic to cover aglonema ornamental plants because it is thinner than UV plastic and can reduce the intensity of sunlight.

3. Watering Plants Properly

This is a very important part in the care of aglonema plants, namely if the aglonema growing media contains too much water in a few days it can cause aglonema roots to rot.


Therefore, the bottom of the aglonema pot must be perforated enough so that the water that is watered does not settle at the bottom of the planting medium and flows directly through the pot hole.

Then to determine whether it's time to water aglonema or not, the way I do is to scrape a little of the planting medium and touch it with my finger to determine whether the planting medium is wet or dry.

Watering Aglonema
  • If the planting medium is dry, it is time to water the plants.
  • However, if the planting medium is still wet, do not water the plants.
  • I personally always check every 2 days to ensure whether the planting media is wet or dry.

4. Plant Fertilization

This fertilization is carried out as additional nutrients in the growing media for aglonema plants. In order to provide adequate plant nutrition, you should fertilize the aglonema about every 2-3 months.

5. Flower Pot Selection

This pot also has a crucial proportion in maintaining ornamental plants. So we have to choose a pot according to the size of the plant. If the pot is too small, the root growth of the plant will be disturbed.

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