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

Concerns:

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.

Soil:

Darryl’s Analysis

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

Effort:
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).

Expectations:
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.

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