I sensed an emotional impact since inviting a new member in my little space.
No one can deny our innate affinity towards the beauty of nature.
An indoor plant’s aesthetic allure like Aglaonema can evoke positive effects.
Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen, considered the Lucky Plant, might bring some luck for Feng Shui.
I am a skeptical person, yet I find sense in these myths. Who knows, “good fortune” might knock on your door.
Generally, Aglaonema plants are one of the best air-purifying indoor plants. It is the best choice for detoxifying digital to environmental stress.
When thinking about indoor plants, choices are always chaotic. Embrace the chaos by planting Aglaonema.
You will be rewarded with the varieties of vibrance color and incredible benefits.
Furthermore, read on to know about your Aglaonema, its benefits, uses, and dangers.
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Is Aglaonema Plant Good for Indoors?
Assuredly indoor plant gives a natural touch. What if! This simple touch brings great magic.
Also known as “Chinese Evergreen,” it is native to Tropical and Subtropical regions of Asia.
As mentioned in the NASA Clean research project, Aglaonema is one of the best air-purifying indoor plants.
There’s no doubt that the Aglaonema plant is a worthy choice for indoors.
We spend the maximum of our time in an indoor environment.
Good insight is needed regarding the quality of indoor surroundings.
Likewise, considering indoor environmental hygiene, indoor plants like Aglaonema can promote quality minimizing the pollution in the air.
It can be considered an epitome of an indoor plant due to its characteristics as a Shade-tolerant and slow-growing plant.
However, they can be grown outdoors in the Tropical South but under shade.
Wondering which Aglaonema varieties to get? We have a variety for every taste. Here is; 22+ Stunning Aglaonema that will Light up your indoor garden with their beautiful leaves and stems!
Benefits of Aglaonema Plants
There’s a saying Fortune favors the brave.
For instance, if you are brave enough to invite Aglaonema, much is coming with this.
All things considered, Aglaonema offers different varieties with various benefits listed below in the following sub-headings.
1. Air Purifier
Aglaonema is an excellent air- purifier, so it is one of the best indoor plants to reduce indoor air pollution.
As mentioned earlier, NASA revealed stunning facts regarding its quality as an air-purifying agent in their study.
Aglaonema Red Plant, a well-known species which removes 14,300 micrograms (Volatile Organic Compounds) VOC per plant per day.
Mainly, the ability to remove VOCs depends greatly on plant species, yet the pathway and the component responsible are being investigated for valuable findings.
This plant helps remove toxic gases like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, etc., from the surrounding.
Likewise, this Colorfully stripped leafy plant is considered a good Oxygen producing indoor plant.
At night, Aglaonema absorbs Carbon-dioxide, leading to sound-restful sleep.
2. Natural Humidifier
There are measurable shreds of evidence that natural surrounding affects our mood.
Aglaonema, considered a natural humidifier increases the levels of positivity.
It increases humidity in the indoor environment.
The high transpiration rate of Aglaonema helps to humidify the surrounding air, refreshing the room.
3. Positive Health Impacts
Our innate connection with the natural environment always showers a positive impression. Positive feelings enhance productivity and directly affects the emotions of a human.
A recently published study has shown good medicinal use of a species of Aglaonema.
Methanol leaf extracts of Aglaonema hookerianum is recommended as a potent source of neuro-protective and libido-boosting drug candidate.
Pharmacological insights on the antidepressant, anxiolytic and aphrodisiac potentials of Aglaonema.
As mentioned above, the presence of Chinese-Evergreen increases humidity in the air, ultimately reducing the probability of respiratory sickness.
Aglaonema has psychologically restorative effects.
“Nature deprivation” might lead to a stressful environment; as a result, plant indirectly reduces stress.
It also increases emotional stability in human nature, resulting in building emotions of care, love, and affection.
This astonishingly beautiful plant releases oxygen which directly affects our activity and mood.
Aglaonema offers an eclectic mix of psychological and physiological benefits with an exquisite glance.
4. Aesthetic Beauty
People are now obsessed with home decoration. After the Pandemic effect, we all spent time decorating the living spaces.
The textured and stripped leafy plant gives an exotic look adding beauty to the interior design of your house.
Aglaonema set a natural touch up making a home more lively and adding some tropical effect.
They are one of the most popular houseplants; for their unique patterns and color variations ranging from dark green to silver, and sometimes red.
These color variations add vibrancy and personality to interiors and bring new life and style to any room.
Aglaonema is often used in modern interiors to add a touch of glamour to the room.
5. Feng Shui
Perhaps “luck” is knocking at your door.
As per Feng Shui, aglaonemas are considered auspicious plants and may bring good luck.
Plants such as Money Plant, Lucky Bamboo, Anthurium, Syngonium, Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen, Peace Lily, etc, as suggested by Fengshui Practitioners, are supposed to activate positive Chi.
Aglaonema, in particular, is considered to be a Bringer of Fortune.
I am a skeptic, but I can find meaning in these myths.
Aglaonema, commonly called Chinese Evergreen, has long been cultivated in Asia as an auspicious ornamental plant.
Can Aglaonema Plants be a Danger to Children and Pets?
Are you a Pet Lover! Sadly Aglaonema is dangerous for your pets.
Danger doesn’t imply being Deadly always!
Talking about Aglaonema, yes, Aglaonema is toxic to pets, as mentioned by ASPCA.
Toxicity in Aglaonema is due to the presence of insoluble calcium oxalate.
“Insoluble” word itself indicates those that are not soluble or not absorbed by the body, making Aglaonema toxic but IF INJECTED.
However, it wouldn’t be toxic if it is out of reach to children and pets.
Clinical Signs of toxicity of Aglaonema are Oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, pain and swelling of the mouth, tongue, and lips, etc.
Also, in the case of humans, it can adversely affect, causing mucous membrane irritation if ingested.
However, these consequences won’t drag me from having the beguiling beauty of Aglaonema.
I will better be careful with the placement of the plant. We have many safe options to keep them out of reach to children and pets.
If you already have Aglaonema, DO NOT THROW THEM; find some BETTER PLACE.
In a nutshell, Aglaonema is toxic but not deadly to pets and humans.
Keeping them out of reach and in case of ingestion by your pets, seek immediate veterinary help or call the poison control hotline:
- The Pet Poison Helpline 1 (855) 764-7661
- American Association of Poison Control Centers (800) 222-1222
- The Animal Poison Control Center of the ASPCA (800)426-4435 (charges a fee)
Note it: Plant may or may not be toxic to humans but your carelessness will surely be a danger to innocent plants.
Plants adding charm to the interior might have some cons too.
However, it does not stop a plant lover from buying it. Intelligent people tend to increase their skills in handling the plants.
Tips to Take Care of Aglaonema Plant
Different plants prefer to have a different conditions like temperature, water, sunlight, etc.
Let’s discuss how we can handle the exotic Aglaonema plants.
- If leaves of Aglaonema start discoloring to yellowish, it’s a sign for you- DO NOT POUR MORE WATER.
- You need to water the plant at least once a week for its proper growth and development. However, always check the soil if it’s dry or not before watering.
- The Chinese Evergreen loves the shady place. Thus, do not keep it facing directly towards sunlight; however, they need a brighter and warmer place.
- Choose the soil quality that can hold water. Use peat-based potting soil with additional perlite or a bark-based orchid mix. Recommended pH range is 5.6-6.5.
- Balanced and slow-release fertilizers are better to use in the summer and spring seasons. The best is NPK fertilizer in the ratio of 3:1:2. Avoid fertilizing in winter.
- The ideal temperature to grow the Alganomea plant is between 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Also, keep in mind that the plant is not frost-resistant, and a significant drop in temperature may cause considerable damage to the plant.
- Repot the Aglaonema once every two years to achieve maximum development. Also, while repotting, use the pots made of Terracotta for maximum benefit.
- Since the Aglaonema plant adores high humidity, which should be more than 50%, it is better to use a humidifier if the air is too dry.
- It is a slow-growing plant; prune it at least once every six months to encourage foliage growth.
- Pests and insects like mealybugs, spider mites, aphids, scales, nematodes are likely to attack the plant. Therefore keep an eye on the plant and use strong jets of water to get rid of the pests.
If you are a complete beginner, Chinese Evergreen can be a perfect starter for you.
It is an easy-handling indoor plant as they communicate well with us; it is just a matter of sensing their need.
With minimal effort, this evergreen plant offers to complement reward with its colorful glee.
These are perfect air fresheners embracing the beauty with perks of surprising benefits.
Give love to your little member, and this will add alluring beauty smoothening your eyes. If you are wandering to start something new in New Year 2022, owning a plant might be the best start.
Love seasons are on the way; add a colorful Aglaonema to surprise your loved ones.
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