Plant Care Aglaonema


Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | Last Updated: 11/05/2021

4.7 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Aglaonema has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Aglaonema has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Aglaonema

Aglaonema is a popular houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs lots of water to thrive. They do best in moderate sunlight 🌤 and should be less than 6 feet from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and having large, lush leaves with a whopping 312 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Aglaonema likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Aglaonema belongs to the aglaonema genus, and is native to the Philippines and Malayasia.

⚠️ Aglaonema is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Aglaonema modestum

Also known as

Chinese Evergreen

How to care for Aglaonema


How often to water your Aglaonema

Water needs for Aglaonema
0.5 cups
every 7

Aglaonema needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Aglaonema

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Aglaonema in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Aglaonema: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Aglaonema can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

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How to fertilize Aglaonema

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Aglaonema: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Aglaonema after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Aglaonema is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Aglaonema



Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Aglaonema has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Aglaonema has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Aglaonema has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Aglaonema has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Aglaonema has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Aglaonema has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 1
Delaine avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
globe Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Beautiful, quiet plant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kstie avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 128 XP

I don’t know what I’m doing. Seems to be just a-ok with what I’m doing though.

Survivor Survivor
Thatgeminibitch avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP

I love this plant so much, one of my favorites

Fast grower Fast grower
Hattie.patten avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 408 XP
globe Wheathampstead, England

Grows big happy leaves all the time which is really lovely. My plant is very very thirsty so I have to water it pretty frequently otherwise it really wilts. A really lovely plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Autummmn avatar
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 50 XP
globe Justin, Texas

I have an aglaonema that was propagated from a plant owned by my great, great grandmother (that original plant is still living, by the way.) It has been knocked off a counter by a rude cat and then laid on the kitchen floor, in a sad, broken pile of soil and bared roots for days, and when I (heartbroken, and certain it was doomed) repotted it, it came back to life without issue. It’s like the dang thing was never assaulted to begin with.

I feel like this plant doesn’t get enough hype. It’s a survivor, a thriver, and perfect for an inept plant owner like me.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Colin avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,039 XP
globe Temecula, California

Super easy to care for and looks great, rarely has leaf browning or other issues

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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