Chinese evergreen (aka aglaonema) is a popular houseplant that growers (and interior decor aficionados) have grown for a long time.
It comes in many different shades, so there’s something for everyone, whether you love variegated, pink, or dark green leaves.
There are many different aglaonema varieties and cultivars, so we had a difficult time narrowing the number down. However, we managed to pick 20 of our favorite types, ones that are ideal for beginners and experts alike due to their low maintenance.
We’ll still include some guidelines for taking care of this plant, so you don’t have to look for new aglaonema species (unless you want another one to beautify your home).
But before we get to all that, let’s look at the main specifics of aglaonema plants:
|Native habitat:||Tropical and subtropical regions of New Guinea and Asia|
|Growth rate:||Slow grower|
20 Aglaonema Varieties
The following section will examine the features of 20 popular varieties of aglaonema plants, so you can choose which one will keep company with your dieffenbachia, homalomena, philodendron, etc.
One of the things I love about Chinese evergreen plants is that they are perfect plants for offices without windows as they can tolerate lower light conditions quite well (we’ll talk more about this in the care guide section below).
Now, let’s focus on the main characteristics of our chosen aglaonema species and see what makes them so special.
1. Aglaonema Red Valentine
The cultivar ‘Red Valentine’ belongs to the species Aglaonema commutatum, and it is a tropical plant with variegated foliage that catches everyone’s gaze.
The pink color is intertwined with red, creamy, and green shades and gives a new meaning to the word colorful.
It is slow-growing (just like all aglaonemas), but it will reach its full height of 30–36 inches in time, so bear that in mind when choosing a perfect spot for this plant.
2. Aglaonema Red Peacock
The oval leaves of the Red peacock are splashed with red variegation and streaked with bright red veins, breaking the green color that might appear monotonous at times.
This red aglaonema variety has an upright growth habit and can usually reach a height of approximately 45 inches, but don’t let the size frighten you.
Baby pink stems that extend into vivid midrib and veins will shed some light on the darkest of corners.
3. Aglaonema Siam Aurora
You can find this Chinese evergreen variety on a list of plants with red leaves that will splash some color on your contemporary decorated flat.
It doesn’t have the oval-shaped foliage that we’re used to seeing in aglaonemas, but it is still breathtaking. Its leaves are pointed, and red shades are usually found on its leaf edges.
The inner parts of this plant’s foliage are deep green, splashed, and sprinkled with some creamy variegation.
It is usually between 2–3 feet tall and can even fit in with the minimalistic home decor.
4. Aglaonema Pink Dalmatian
Another pink plant that can add some color to your home is the aglaonema Pink Dalmatian. However, it differs from the other varieties due to its unique variegation.
The green foliage is sprinkled with creamy and pink spots, which truly resembles a pure-blood dalmatian.
This plant can also reach 30–36 inches, so place it in an open space where it won’t make the area look crowded.
5. Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah
Aglaonema Sparkling Sarah is an easy-to-care-for plant with incredible variegation. The green edges frame the pink and creamy splotches and patches, while the blush stems increase the beauty and make it stand out from other pink aglaonema varieties.
Its attractive coloration and pale-to-darker pink midrib can be everything your room needs.
6. Aglaonema Harlequin
This beautiful aglaonema variety is truly unique as it changes its appearance according to the lighting. If you keep it in low light, it’ll stay predominantly green with creamy and pink variegations.
However, if you expose it to more light, the foliage will take on a yellowish tone streaked with pink shades.
Another thing I love about this plant is that its undersides and midribs are baby pink, making it all the more special.
It usually grows up to a foot, but it can get taller under perfect conditions.
7. Aglaonema Orange Stardust
This rare aglaonema variety is a much-needed plant in every plant collection. Its unique variegation is breathtaking, and you can barely see the green surface underneath its pinkish-orange speckles, making it worthy of its name.
Its stems are of pale pink color, and as they extend into the midrib, they become darker.
It reaches a height between 2–3 feet and can become a prised piece, even among your other variegated indoor plants.
8. Aglaonema Silver King
This Silver King aglaonema truly feels like royalty among foliage plants. Its somewhat elongated and pointed leaves have darker edges, while the insides are silvery-green.
But that’s not the only thing differentiating this species from the abovementioned varieties. Its midrib and stems are deep green, and there is something peaceful about these subtle colors and variegations.
9. Aglaonema Silver Queen
The full name of this plant is Aglaonema commutatum “Silver Queen,” and it’s not surprising to hear some growers calling it Philippine evergreen since that’s the common name for this species.
However, the Silver Queen cultivar is even more special due to its lance-shaped leaves and amazing silver colorings.
To an inexperienced eye, it looks exactly the same as the Silver King cultivar, but the Silver Queen has fewer stripes flowing down its leaves.
It is usually around 2 feet tall, so you’ll have many options when deciding where to put it.
10. Aglaonema Silver Bay
This plant has a free-growing habit and resembles its cousins, the Silver King and Silver Queen. However, this cultivar has more gray parts than the previous two, although the lance-like leaves make it difficult to distinguish between these three plants.
All of these plants can improve your interior design, so you won’t make a mistake no matter which you choose.
It usually reaches a height of three feet and is slightly less wide.
(Come to think of it, it does resemble a leafy bundle of… well, something.)
11. Aglaonema Diamond Bay
Diamond Bay has similar leaf patterns to the Silver Bay cultivar, but you can easily tell them apart; Silver Bay has lighter variegations.
The middle of the Diamond Bay cultivar looks more like a pale green color, mixed with some gray, whereas Silver Bay has more vivid gray colorations.
The Diamond Bay has leaves that are almost a foot long, and it can grow to around 3 feet tall in the right conditions.
12. Aglaonema White Rain
This plant from the Araceae family has an appearance that tells you: “Look here, see how rain, oblivious of its power, has faded and stained my foliage.”
But the plant doesn’t seem to mind, and neither do we once we get a good look at it. The colors get paler and paler as they approach the midrib, which looks almost white among all that greenery.
This plant usually grows to between 4–17 inches, so you’ll have plenty of options when deciding where to put it.
13. Aglaonema Pink Moon
Despite what its name says, Pink Moon aglaonema is not really pink; in fact, its deep green foliage, creamy spots, and oval shape are in complete contrast with its name.
However, pink veins and midribs are probably the cause of the word “pink” in this plant’s name. Other things that make it so desirable among collectors and plant lovers are its large glossy leaves and compact growth habit (it doesn’t grow taller than 2 feet).
14. Aglaonema Green Papaya
Although you cannot eat the delicious-looking leaves of this plant, you can still feast your eyes on it.
The plant is predominantly green, but wasabi-colored colorations, pink midrib, and speckles make this plant perfect for any decor.
And wait until you hear about its size; it usually reaches between 3–4 feet in its native habitat, but it’ll be somewhat smaller when grown indoors.
15. Aglaonema Maria
Maria cultivar has wide, yet somewhat shorter, pointy foliage, which is its primary attribute. It is another variegated plant, but the placement of its colors is slightly different.
It usually has horizontal lines that separate the small light green or even gray quadrants from the deeper shades.
The plant is more compact than some other varieties, so it can easily be used as a decoration for your side table.
It is usually 15–20 inches tall and makes a great companion to other tropical plants (or you can grow it on its own).
16. Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor
This green aglaonema variety has a camouflage pattern of three shades of green: dark green, a somewhat lighter shade, and gray-green.
This slow-grower isn’t taller than two feet, and you can admire its unique coloring in your office or reading room.
(It creates quite a relaxing ambiance.)
17. Aglaonema Cutlass
Cutlass is another aglaonema plant, but you wouldn’t say it even deserves to be seen as a cousin to the plants mentioned above.
There’s no doubt that it is an appealing plant that can attract your glance, but it has such long and slender leaves you’d be likely to assume that it belongs to the spider plant species.
However, its variegations give it away, and they are truly “aglaoneamian.” Dark edges frame the gray-green surface of the insides, streaked with some darker lines in random places.
This plant is also between 15–20 inches tall and will have no issues fitting onto your flower shelf.
18. Aglaonema Modestum
One of the things I love about this variety is that it was used in a NASA clean air study to prove its air purifying abilities. And even though you need to have a lot of these plants around your house to feel any drastic difference, it doesn’t mean that one plant can harm you or your interior design.
It resembles a wide green canvas, with some texture and a glossy appearance, but it can also have variegated cultivars.
It is not so strange to see a modestum species with large patches of white or creamy colorings.
It is usually 1–3 feet tall and 2–4 feet wide, and it can break the rut of minimalistic and modern designs.
19. Aglaonema Nitidum
This is an all-green plant that can attract many looks with its long foliage. It feels like returning to old and familiar things; it feels safe!
And it definitely is, since you can fit it into every design, minimalistic or not.
It is a slow grower, so you won’t have to do too much work around it, making it an ideal plant for offices and busy green thumbers.
It reaches a height of 3 feet, so you should keep it in a location where it won’t look like it’s shrinking and curling to fit in.
20. Aglaonema Emerald Bay
The last aglaonema variety we’ll examine today is Emerald Bay. This is yet another plant with mesmerizing green variegation.
The midrib is white or somewhat creamy, and the plant becomes darker and darker towards the edges, where the gray-green shade turns into the deep green framework.
It is usually about 12–13 inches long and 4–5 inches wide, so it can fit in narrow spaces.
Chinese Evergreen Plant Care
Aglaonema is a plant that is native to tropical rainforests, so your indoor variety will do best if you mimic those conditions.
Therefore, expose your plant to filtered light, water it whenever the topsoil is dry, and plant it in a well-draining medium.
It would be nice if it were that easy, right?
Well, it is; you only need to do a couple of additional things, and your plant will thrive as if it is back in the jungle.
Tropical plants usually require indirect light, and the same goes for the Chinese evergreen. You shouldn’t expose it to direct sunlight as it’s too much for it, and it will get sunburns.
Actually, you may even place this plant in low-light conditions, and it will thrive like never before.
However, too much darkness may lead to a loss of variegation, which is why it’s best to keep this plant near an east-facing window, just a few feet away, to avoid burning the foliage.
Water And Humidity
The worst thing you can do to your plant is overwater it. This may lead to root rot and even kill it if you don’t treat it on time.
But, you can easily prevent many watering issues by listening to your plant’s needs.
For instance, you’ll never be wrong if you irrigate your plant once the top few inches dry out. This might be once or twice a week during the growing season and hot summer or once a month during winter.
Also, always water your plants once you see that the excess water has started to drain through the potholes. And don’t leave your plant sitting in the pool of water gathered in the tray; empty it half an hour after irrigation, and your plant will be perfectly hydrated.
Aglaonemas need high humidity to flourish, and the ideal air moisture level is between 60–70%.
Unfortunately, most homes have a relative humidity of around 30% or 40%, so we need to find ways of increasing it to keep our plants healthy.
Luckily for us, there are some really simple ways that work like a charm, and we’ll examine them in the paragraphs below.
The first thing we need to clear up is whether pebble trays work for humidity. To be honest, they don’t work as well as you’d like.
I refer to the fact that they are a good choice for small plants that don’t need too much humidity, but for taller aglaonemas that like moisture, a pebble tray is not the best option.
However, you can adjust this method and place your plant in an aquarium or simply build a construction with glass walls around the plant to keep some moisture near the plant’s leaves.
You can also place your plants on pebble trays filled with water and group them with a couple of plants with similar humidity needs, and their dense foliage will prevent moisture from dissipating into the air.
One of my favorite ways to increase humidity is turning on a humidifier. It can quickly raise the air moisture around your plant, and you’ll also feel the benefits.
(No more headaches caused by dry air.)
Misting your green buddies is probably the easiest (and cheapest) way of maintaining a proper humidity level.
Simply fill your sprayer and give your plants a spritz or two every couple of days. Of course, don’t drown them in water every day, as that can lead to the development of fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spot.
Keep your aglaonema plants in temperatures between 70–85 °F for the best results. Also, avoid temperature drops larger than 10 °F (even at night) since that can stress your plant.
You should keep your plant away from heaters, AC vents, and drafty windows since these locations experience frequent temperature fluctuations, which may cause it to droop and even drop its leaves.
Soil And Fertilizer
All aroids prefer well-draining growing mediums, which is why there is a ready-made aroid soil mix you can use straight from the package.
However, if you have forgotten to get one, you can mix your own if you have the ingredients.
Enrich the potting soil with perlite or pumice, orchid bark (if you have any), sphagnum peat moss, and coco coir.
Perlite, pumice, and bark increase drainage, so your plant’s roots won’t be wet all the time, while moss and coir retain some water.
However, they absorb water, and your plant uses it only when it needs to, without getting its feet wet.
Aglaonema is not a heavy feeder, but it still needs a regular supply of nutrients to help it grow faster and remain healthy.
Thankfully, it is not picky about its choice of fertilizer, so you can use regular houseplant food to replenish the minerals.
If you use liquid fertilizers, remember to dilute them in water to at least half-strength before giving them to your plant. You should feed your plants once a month with these fertilizers to keep them healthy.
I personally prefer slow-release spikes or granules, as they ensure a steady flow of nutrients for longer.
The good thing about slow-release fertilizers is that you only need to apply them every three months or less, depending on the type you have.
Another thing about plant food that you should keep in mind is to feed your plants only during their growing season to avoid fertilizer burn.
Finally, water your plants thoroughly before fertilizing them to make the nutrients available to your plants as soon as you add them (and to avoid fertilizer burn.)
Even though aglaonema varieties are slow growing, you should still repot them every other year to replenish the nutrients in the soil or increase the size of the pot.
The best time of the year for repotting is spring because the plants actively grow then and will have plenty of time to adjust to the new environment before they go dormant.
Also, always keep your plant hydrated prior to replanting because if the plant undergoes stress, it may hinder its ability to uptake water. Well-watered plants bounce back sooner after such a shock and have larger chances of success.
Finally, water your plants thoroughly after replanting, and that’s it.
Pro tip: You don’t always have to increase the pot’s size as it can lead to water clogging. Instead, only increase the size of the container if you have noticed that your plant has doubled in size.
And always use pots with drainage holes to avoid water pooling around your plant’s roots.
Here are some tips for successful repotting:
The most common way of propagating aglaonema plants is by stem cuttings, so we’ll focus on that method in our guide.
Step 1. Choose a healthy stem (or more of them) with plenty of leaves you wish to propagate. Cut it with some sharp and sterilized pruners, as close to the base as possible.
Step 2. Clean the incision from any dirt there might be to avoid rotting.
Step 3. Place the cuttings into a jar of water and change it every couple of days to keep it fresh.
Step 4. Put your plant in a bright spot (but not under direct light), and wait until you notice that the root system has started to develop.
Step 5. Don’t repot your plant as soon as you notice new roots, as they might not get used to the soil, and the entire process might fail.
Instead, wait about a month and a half, and once the roots are strong enough, you can plant your new aglaonemas in soil or even let them grow in water.
Put some decorative rocks or LECA clay pebbles at the bottom of the glass container, place your plant on them, and add water.
You should know that plants grown in water require hydroponic fertilizer and should be fed more frequently than once a month. But you can just follow the instructions on the package, and your plant won’t suffer.
In this video, you can see how to propagate aglaonema in water and what the roots should look like before transferring them into their permanent home:
Cleaning And Pruning
Plants with foliage as big as aglaonemas will definitely require some cleaning. Dust can be unsightly, but it can also mess with your plant’s ability to photosynthesize by creating a barrier and preventing the leaves from absorbing the sun.
But cleaning plants with such big leaves is a piece of cake; simply take a damp cloth and wipe the dust off. Allow the leaves to dry for a couple of days before misting them (if you practice that method).
Pruning is another important aspect of plant care since you’re removing leaves that cannot function properly.
Old, diseased, and discolored leaves only take up space that new leaves could fill, and they drain your plant of energy.
Since they cannot photosynthesize (or they don’t engage in that process 100%), you should remove them to make place for healthy new growth that will produce food and energy.
This article included twenty different aglaonema varieties that can adorn your home.
Most of them are variegated and add so much to your home decor that you’ll wonder how you could have lived your whole life without one.
Another great thing about these plants is that they have the same care guide (which we included in the article as well).
You can keep your plants happy and their variegations intact by keeping them in indirect light, allowing the top 2–3 inches of the soil to dry in between watering, planting them in a well-draining medium, and feeding them once a month.
Since these plants are slow growers, you won’t have to repot them more than every other year, and you can propagate them at the same time and kill two birds with one stone.
There is sure to be a plant on this list that’s perfect for your home!
Enjoy, and until next time!
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