Aglaonema declining – House Plant Journal

Aglaonema declining

Plant: “I believe its a white bird of paradise” (Darryl: this is a type of Aglaonema or ‘Chinese evergreen’)

How long have you had the plant? 1 – 2 years


I moved to my new apt about a year and half ago. Everything was amazing for the first year, then slowly I noticed that the new baby leaves would grow a little bit and then turn yellow and die. I’ve checked the water and it’s good.

Light Situation:

Sitting next to this window, the plant sees 3 or more hours of direct sun.

How do you determine WHEN to water? I wait for the soil to become about halfway dry before watering.

Describe HOW you water: I fully soak the soil, letting excess drain away.

Fertilizer? Yes, I’ve started recently – using those little pills that you insert into the soil.


Darryl’s Analysis

The current location where you have it is pretty good in terms of light.

You have the WHEN and the HOW to water correct.

Given the good light and watering, your plant would hold onto a few more leaves for longer if given a good liquid 3-1-2 fertilizer (more info here).

Your plant is growing well and exactly as it should – losing older leaves newer ones grow.  For most plants, there will inevitably come a time when its shape becomes awkward or unmanageable – if you would prefer a bushier looking plant, you can cut the two tallest stems about 2 or 3 inches below its lowest leaf, root them in water (will take a few weeks and you will likely lose the lower 2 or 3 leaves), then transplant them back into the pot.  If the severed stumps are healthy, they should send out new growths as well.

If you want to learn a healthy, balanced approach to houseplant care, check out my online course or my book.

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