Silver Bay Aglaonema Care and Propagation

Silver Bay Aglaonema Care and Propagation

The Silver bay aglaonema is a low-maintenance plant that can survive relatively long periods of time without being watered. It also has no problem being kept in the shade or a dimly lit room. It has been observed to help with air purification, clearing out gases like formaldehyde and benzene.

This plant only needs to be watered once every two weeks, and likes temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It likes medium to high humidity levels, and can be propagated through cuttings, seeds and tissue culture.

To learn more about the silver bay aglaonema, keep reading.

Introduction to Silver Bay Aglaonemas

These plants come in all sizes, which makes them very flexible in terms of where you can place them inside your home. They can be small enough to sit on tables or shelves, but they can also grow up to four feet tall and should then be placed on the floor.

These plants are native to the tropics of Asia, and although they grow faster when they get a lot of light, they can also do fine in low light.

The leaves of this plant can be either green or silver, with variegations. Larger aglaonemas can have leaves up to a foot long. The leaves nearest the base of the plant are the most mature, and will turn yellow and wilt due to the plant’s natural maturing process. This should not be cause for concern.

If you want the plant to bloom you may need to expose it to the outdoors, because indoor living conditions may be too restrictive to encourage blooming.

Silver Bay Aglaonema Care Requirements

Watering

This plant is native to the tropics, but that does not mean its soil should be wet all the time. Watering should be done thoroughly to wet all of the soil, to allow all of the roots to be reached by the moisture. Between waterings, allow the soil to dry out for the roots to have an opportunity to take in oxygen. This is important for the plant’s survival.

Do not let the plant stand in soggy soil for long periods of time, because this can lead to root rot which is detrimental to the plant’s overall health.

Water the plant by pouring water directly on the soil, rather than from above the plant. Getting the leaves wet makes the plant susceptible to fungal infections, which is something you want to avoid. If there is a saucer or tray under the pot that catches the overflow, make sure you empty it to avoid stagnant water affecting the roots.

Water the plant at least once every two weeks, and adjust depending on your local climate and weather.

Light

Aglaonema plants like bright, indirect light. If the plant is grown indoors, an east or west facing window should work. The light that enters these windows will not be so harsh that it burns the plant, but should be bright enough to keep the plant happy. If you just have south facing windows, you can position a curtain to diffuse the light. Be sure to turn your plant every couple of days so that all sides of the plant get their fair share of time in the sun.

Soil

As mentioned above, this plant appreciates moist but not soggy soil, so make sure the soil you are using is well-draining. You can make your own mix by adding orchid bark or perlite to normal gardening soil to enhance the drainage.

Temperature and humidity

Aim to keep the temperature around your aglaonema between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and never let it drop below 50 degrees, if possible.

Although the plant can survive in low humidity, try to provide it with higher humidity; you might even consider purchasing a humidifier for your plants.

Pot

Choose a pot made of either clay or terracotta, because these materials allow air and water to flow through them better than plastic or steel containers.

When repotting, make sure the new pot is at least one inch wider in diameter than the old one. If the new pot is too big, it might retain too much water and you may end up overwatering the plant.

Fertilization

This plant is not too fussy about fertilization and does not need it very regularly. Normally, the minerals and nutrients present in the soil will suffice. If you do want to fertilize it, use a houseplant fertilizer once a month during spring and summer.

Remember not to overfeed the plant, because this can burn the roots. If you accidentally overfeed it, you can flush out the built-up minerals with water.

Silver Bay Aglaonema Propagation

Propagation using cuttings

This is the most commonly used technique for propagating aglaonema. 

Using a sterile pair of scissors, take a stem cutting at least a few inches long. Grab a container, fill it with water, and place the cutting in the water. Leave the container for a couple of weeks in a spot that is warm enough and has bright, indirect light. This will allow the cutting to grow new roots.

Change the water as needed, and when the plant has grown a strong enough root system, you can transfer it to a small pot.

This method of propagation is best done during warmer weather.

Propagation using seeds

You can use fresh aglaonema seeds to add more of the same plant to your collection. The seeds can be found at the base of the plant’s mature flowers. Be sure to wash the seeds in acidic water before planting them.

Use a coco-peat soil mix, which is perfect for seed germination. Spread the seeds evenly on the top of the soil blend; you can then cover them lightly with more soil mix. The container with the planted seeds should get indirect light and be kept at room temperature.

After 50 to 60 days, if you have done everything correctly, the seeds should germinate.

Propagation using tissue culture

This method is also called division, because you are taking the new plant from the mother plant, dividing them so that one plant becomes two.

This method is the most successful but many people find it tricky. However, the more you do it, the easier it will become.

Once you have separated the new plant from the mother plant, plant it in its own container and give it partial sunlight. In five to ten days, it should be well-established.

Conclusion

The silver bay aglaonema is a low maintenance plant that is very easy to propagate and should be included in any novice gardener’s collection. Its leaves are beautifully variegated and they can be displayed either on tabletops or on the floor.

As long as you give the plant the right amount and frequency of water, medium to high humidity and bright, indirect light, it will happily brighten your space for many years to come.

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