Aglaonema commutatum is native to Malesia and is a part of the Araceae family. Leaves are elliptic shaped, a vibrant green with pink-red margins, sitting upon pink petioles.
Genus name comes from the Greek aglaos meaning splendour and nema meaning thread (referring to the stamens).
Pot: ø 12cm
Height: Approximately 25cm from base of pot.
Ceramic pots not included.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Ideally 18-21°C, no cooler than 15°C.
Humidity: Aglaonema would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Aglaonema are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
How do you care for Aglaonema ‘Crete’?
Care for Aglaonema ‘Crete’ by keeping it in warm humid conditions. Try and keep it in a room with a temperature above 15°C and well away from draughts. Bright indirect light is perfect for this plant, next to an east or a west-facing window is a good place for it, but remember that the more light it gets the more water it will need.
How often do you water an Aglaonema ‘Crete’?
Aglaonema ‘Crete’ should be watered thoroughly during the summer, however it’s best to allow the compost to dry out between each watering. Reduce watering when winter comes, as the plant will receive less light and might be prone to getting wet feet.
Is Aglaonema ‘Crete’ an indoor plant?
Aglaonema is an ideal indoor plant, as it doesn’t fare well in direct sunlight and requires consistent mild temperatures, which can’t be guaranteed outdoors in the UK. It’s best to keep this plant inside, where you can give it the best conditions to thrive in.
Is Aglaonema ‘Crete’ poisonous?
Aglaonema ‘Crete’ is toxic to dogs, cats and people, so it’s best to keep it well away from any children or pets who might fancy a nibble. There are a wide range of pet-friendly plants that are safe to keep in a home with animals.
Is Aglaonema ‘Crete’ an air purifier?
Aglaonema ‘Crete’ is an air purifier which can help to clear the air of certain household chemicals such as benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.
How tall does Aglaonema ‘Crete’ grow?
Aglaonema grow up to four feet tall depending on the species, however, given their slow growth rate, this can take some time. They are delivered 25cm tall.
How do you propagate Aglaonema ‘Crete’?
Aglaonema ‘Crete’ can be propagated by division and repotting, although this should only be undertaken once the plant has reached maturity. By separating the entire plant into self-sustaining clumps, you can create two plants from one.