Aglaonema 'Spring Snow'
5" AGLAONEMA 'SPRING SNOW'
USDA Zones 10-12
This Chinese Evergreen is native to the Philippines. It is a tropical plant that grows unto 18-20" tall with a spread of 30-36". Grown for it's bright, uniquely patterned, variegated foliage, this house plant thrives in low-light conditions within a home or office space. 'Spring Snow' has a mounding habit with waxy, ovate, 8-10" long leaves. The leaves have a white midrib with a thin, dark green leaf margin. Each leaf has a unique pattern, which resembles a thick dusting of white speckles.
Because this attractive plant has such bright & unique foliage & does well with such minimal care, one of it's more favorable uses is to be feature in the background of any room in the house. Use this bright white & dark green leafed plant to brighten a dark corner or area of any room! 'Spring Snow' will lighten any kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, or office. interiorscapers love them because they are slow growing plants that tend to stay round & bushy.
While normally grown for it's distinctive foliage, this Aglaonema does bloom, but the flowers are relatively discreet. These understated flowers have an off-white spadix with a green spathe, not putting on much of a show, but also give the plant a unique look as these flowers don't resemble your average bloom.
You will receive a bare root plant fit for a 5" size pot. Pot is not included with purchase.
Aglaonema 'Spring Snow' is a low maintenance plant. They are great for plant beginners, as they are incredibly easy to care for & even harder to kill, as they can handle a fair amount of neglect.
It should be planted in a container with a drainage hole in a well drained soil. It is important to consider this Aglaonema is native to tropical & sub-tropical regions. When you consider the type of weather these regions receive naturally, they have heavy rain seasons followed by dry spells. Your watering schedule should mimic the plant's natural environment. When watering your Aglaonema, make sure to thoroughly drench your container until you see water coming out of the drainage hole. The plant's roots take the water & nutrients from the soil, move it up into the plant & through the leaves. These roots reach the entire length of their pot, so you want to make sure the soil is completely drenched when watering it.
You may also consider aerating the soil of your plant before the first watering. Initially loosening the soil your Aglaonema is planted in can help the soil breath & allow moisture to be released.
Location is a crucial in determining when to water your plant. If it's in a bright location, you will want to water it when the soil is dry halfway down the root mass. If you are using a taller planter, sometimes moisture can build in the bottom of the container. If your plant is in fluorescent light conditions, it's best to let the soil dry out almost all the way to the bottom of the pot before watering thoroughly.
Keeping your plant's soil dry between waterings is essential because overwatering is one of the easiest ways to harm your plant. Signs of overwatering are yellow or mushy stalks or leaves. If you find this happening then its best to let the soil dry out completely before the next watering & consider changing your water patterns to better fit your plant's needs.
With that being said, if you're plant has been neglected for a long period of time & is showing signs of extreme thirst, use a tray to set under the pot as to not let the water escape from the drainage hole & allow the plant to sit in excess water for up to 15 minutes.
Just as you want to mimic the plant's natural environment when it comes to water, you want to do the same when it comes to your plant's reception of light & temperature.
Similar to that of the floor of a sub tropical or tropical region, the Aglaonema prefers temperatures in the 60's & 70's.
It thrives in low fluorescent to bright, indirect light. This Chinese Evergreen appreciates a spot where it can receive indirect light as direct sunlight will scorch it's leaves. Keeping it a few feet away from a well lit window where it can receive bright diffused light is ideal; however, the Aglaonema can tolerate lower light levels & even fluorescent lighting. These light requirements are what make this plant a perfect addition to any house, office, or classroom.
Finally, during winter months, it is important to move your 'Spring Snow' inside may from drafts & colder temperatures.
OTHER MAINTENANCE RECOMMENDATIONS
To keep your Aglaonema in an "Instagram ready" state, the occasional dead leaf should be removed.
Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.
Dust the leaves often so plant can photosynthesize efficiently. This is especially important if your plant is in a lower light location, as the plant's ability to photosynthesize is decreased in lower-light conditions. While dusting, also use this opportunity to inspect the undersides & keep an eye out for pests.
This Aglaonema are also popular in homes & offices because they are on NASA's list of clean air plants that help filter harmful chemicals from their environment. 'Spring Snow' is known to clean the air of benzene & formaldehyde.
WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE RECEIVING YOUR AGLAONEMA ---
Because we ship our plants bare root without a pot, it is important for you to prepare for the reception of your order before it comes. You will need to have a 6"+ pot with a drainage hole ready for your new 'Spring Snow' to be planted in. Due to the bright white midrib of the leaf against the thin dark green margins, this plant looks great planted in a dark colored pot. For the same reason, this plant does an amazing job of brightening up a dark corner of a room or against a dark colored wall.
Apart from the container, you will need to have a well drained soil for your Aglaonema to be planted in. Here, at Horticult, we will layer our decorative pot with 1-2" (depending on the size of the pot) with a small slate gravel before filling the rest of the pot with a well draining potting soil. The soil should dry out (almost completely) before being watered again. The small slate gravel at the bottom of the pot helps with drainage, as well as keeps small bits of soil from escaping through the pot's drainage hole during each watering. Because this is an indoor plant, this can help keep your plant from making a mess in whatever area you keep it in.
AFTER RECEIVING YOUR AGLAONEMA --
YELLOW OR BROWN LEAVES? If your Aglaonema has yellow or brown leaves after receiving it this is most likely due to transplant shock. Transplant shock is completely normal & affects almost all plants in some form, whether it be by losing leaves or showing some discoloration upon arriving into a new environment. Prune off the any unsightly leaves & be sure to follow the plant's specific care instructions. If the problem persists, lighting and/or watering patterns may need adjusting.
Drooping leaves can be an indication of insufficient sunlight or improper watering. If receiving too much direct sun, Aglaonema foliage may curl under to protect against sunburn. In insufficient light, leaves can also begin to wilt & show signs of weakness. A combination of yellow & brown leaf margins, moist soil, & droopy leaves is often a result of too much water. Crispy, fully yellow or brown leaves & dry soil is typically a result of too little water. Experiencing these symptoms? Refer to our care guide & adjust either lighting or watering as needed.
STALKS TURNING YELLOW OR BROWN?
This is most frequently caused by too much moisture being held in the soil, causing the roots to rot. Aglaonema stalks retain water for the plant in periods of drought. If there is too much water in the soil & the stalks are also full of water, this can cause the plant to rot. In this case, hold off on watering, aerate (or in severe cases replace) the soil, & prune away any rotting stalks. Water the plant only when the soil has dried completely throughout the pot.
HOW OFTEN TO FERTILIZE?
In general, houseplants will thrive when fertilized in spring through fall. Fertilize once every 6 weeks with an organic houseplant fertilizer, following the package instructions for dilution & administration.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD IT BE REPOTTED?
For our Aglaonema (smaller plant), we suggest repotting once every year to 18 months. Use a pot that is 1-2 inches larger than the diameter of the plant to allow for growth. Don't choose a pot that is too much larger than the previous vessel as this could hold excessive moisture & drown the plant's roots. If you prefer to maintain the current size of the plant, repot into the same vessel, providing new soil & trimming away some roots & foliage. Spring or summer is the idea time for repotting as plants are at their strongest during growing season.