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Aglaonema nitidum or Chinese Evergreen is a small evergreen shrub, typically growing anywhere between 2-5 feet tall. This ornamental foliage is incredibly versatile, making it a great addition to any home or garden. Aglaonema nitidum grows best in USDA zones 9-11 and prefers to be in partial shade or semi-shade, as an overexposure to direct sunlight can cause the leaves to burn. This plant requires moderate water, about once a week, in order to keep the soil moist.
When grown in a container, Aglaonema nitidum can be a great choice for indoor or outdoor locations, making it an ideal houseplant. As a smaller shrub, it is perfect for those looking for a smaller, evergreen bush to brighten up their space. Additionally, Chinese Evergreen is a great option for gardeners in cold regions, since it can be easily moved indoors during the winter season.
When caring for Aglaonema nitidum, special attention must be taken to the soil and container it is placed in. When grown in a container, the soil should be kept consistently moist, and allowed to dry slightly between waterings. The container must be well-draining, and should be placed in a section of the garden that gets partial shade or semi-shade. If grown indoors, it should be placed in an area that receives bright, indirect sunlight. When any new leaves appear, it is important to avoid any contact with the irritant sap they produce.
Overall, Aglaonema nitidum is a great addition to any home, thanks to its evergreen foliage and small size. It is a very versatile plant and can tolerate both direct and indirect light, making it easy to accommodate it in any living space. With the right soil, container, and proper care, Chinese Evergreen can be a great addition to any garden.
This small plant is native to Sumatra, and it is an easy-care plant. It is suitable for the most interiors, with indirect, or semi-shade light. The Aglaonema rotundum (Chinese Evergreen) prefers moderate water, about once a week. The soil should be kept moist, but not wet and do not over water. It does not need high humidity, as damp air can easily cause root rot. You can fertilize Aglaonema rotundum once a month, but be careful not to over-fertilize. The foliage is often variegated, with white and pink marbling, giving the plant an ornamental aspect.
Grown in USDA Zone 9-11, Aglaonema rotundum can be grown successfully in pots in cooler regions. A sunny, warm spot and a light, well-drained soil are ideal for successful cultivation. Pruning is not necessary for Aglaonema rotundum, however, dead or diseased foliage should be removed to allow new leaves to grow.
They are grown for their ornamental foliage in homes, greenhouses, and in the outdoors, where climates allow.
These plants should have a moist, but well drained, heavy soil. It will live for long periods in water and in spots with poor light; though bright, indirect sunlight or partial shade is best. Water moderately and maintain a fairly humid atmosphere. Keep them drier throughout the winter.
Alocasia 'Maharani' (Alocasia hybrid)
Also called 'Grey Dragon', Alocasia 'Maharani' is a rare indoor plant for a bright, indirect light location in your home. The distinctive leaves, in attractive shades of gray-green, are stiff to the touch and appear almost makes you thought it is plastic. This compact, easy-to-grow houseplant has a durable nature and tolerance to the home environment where it makes a decorative statement.
The Alocasia Regal Shields is a compact and stunning plant that is suitable for small gardens, balconies, or container plantings. It has a unique color, with the deep purple underside of the leaves having a hint of blue.
This plant can reach an average height of 2-3 feet and can tolerate semi-shade, with a minimum of two to three hours of sunlight per day. A well-draining soil, rich in organic matter, is preferred for the Alocasia Regal Shields. It should be watered regularly, but overwatering should be avoided, as it can damage the roots of the plant and cause it to rot.
Regular feeding with a liquid fertilizer during its growth period is recommended. It can be grown in USDA zones 9-11 and may thrive if grown in a container in a cold region. During the cold winter months, it is recommended to protect the plant by moving it to a warm spot inside or providing a thick mulch layer around the base.
To keep the Alocasia Regal Shields healthy, prune off any dead or damaged leaves, and remove any weeds that may be competing for the same resources as the plant. Overall, the Alocasia Regal Shields is an attractive and easy-to-care-for plant, with its nearly black and burgundy hued leaves and a stunning display of color.
Alocasia baginda, commonly known as the Dragon Scale, is a small shrub native to South Asia growing between two to five feet tall. It is an ornamental plant known for its lush foliage which is heart shaped and has notable veins in its lower side. Many varieties exist with slight differences from the main species.
Alocasia baginda require regular watering and can be grown in semi-shade and places receiving moderate sunlight. It requires very little maintenance and can thrive in slightly acidic soil with good drainage. As perennial plants, they can survive for many years in the same pot.
In colder regions, it''s important to follow certain tips for growing the Alocasia baginda in a pot. Choose a pot with good drainage and a soil mix with a good ratio of organic material such as peat moss, manure, and compost. If the soil is too dense, it can be supplemented with sand and perlite. The potting mix should be able to retain moisture and retain nutrients.
It is also ideal to keep the pot in a sheltered area which receives some light, although not too much. As the Alocasia baginda likes moisture, watering the plant once daily is suggested. During colder months, it is best to water the plant less frequently, ideally when the top soil is dry. Adding a layer of mulch on top of the soil can also help retain moisture and control weeds. Fertilizing the plant once every three months is recommended for optimal growth.
A beautiful dwarf variety which contains a significant amount of black coloration on the leaf surface. Leaves are ovate, elliptic and almost totally peltate. The upper leaf surface is a dramatic green-black color, and the lower leaf surface is a rich purple. This very unique and exotic plant would make a great addition to the collection of any seasoned plant collector. Place them in filtered sunlight sitting in a moist pebble tray. Allow the soils surface to dry down before watering. Feed only when the plant is actively growing with a liquid balanced plant food. "Black Velvet" is hard to find. These beautiful plants are usually grown in 4" and 6" inch containers.