Aglaonema Maria Christina (Chinese Evergreen)
Aglaonema Maria Christina (Chinese Evergreen) is an evergreen, ornamental, indoor house plant. It has the well-known pale green central foliage of Aglaonema Silver Queen but with a more pronounced darker green leaf margin and more splashes of darker green chevrons.
Aglaonema Maria Christina is on NASA’s list of air-purifying plants. They are proven to remove Benzene and Formaldehyde toxins present in home environments and help reduce the irritant side-effects to humans.
Aglaonema Maria Christina
How to grow and maintain Aglaonema Maria Christina (Chinese Evergreen):
It thrives best in low to bright light but no direct sunlight. Because direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.
It is easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained, peaty potting mixture.
Water your plant regularly, Keep the soil slightly moist during the summer and in the winter the topsoil should be dry out slightly between each watering.
It prefers ideal temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15 degrees Celsius – 21 degrees Celsius. Temperatures below 50 to 55 F can cause chilling injury to the Chinese Evergreen, which appears 3 – 7 days after the cold exposure as gray, greasy-looking leaf spots.
It can endure less humidity than some other plants, yet it will still appreciate your efforts to improve surrounding humidity levels, either via regular misting or using a pebble tray.
Fertilize once a month from spring through summer with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted by half.
Re-pot your plant once every two years during the spring season.
Aglaonema Maria Christina can be easily propagated from stem cuttings and by plant division during spring and summer.
Pests and Diseases:
There is no serious pest or disease issues. Chinese Evergreen is occasionally attacked by aphids, mealybugs, spider mites or scale. Rots may occur if plants are over-watered. Leaves may brown up if plants are grown in a very dry air or placed in a drafty area.