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Why are the leaves on my Aglaonema limp and drooping?

It can be alarming to notice sudden dramatic leaf and stem drooping on your plant, but don’t be worried! This is almost always totally normal, and easily fixed. Let's figure out what might be going on.

Incredibly dry soil

Be sure you’re not underwatering your Aglaonema. Keep a consistent watering schedule–water when 50-75% of the soil volume is dry.

If you accidentally let your Aglaonema’s soil dry out completely, you may see stems go limp or leaves droop and crisp up. If the soil is extremely dry all the way through the pot, a good soak is in order. 

Give your plant a good soak using the bottom-soaking method:

  1. Fill a sink or tub with 2″-4″ of water, depending on the size of your plant.
  2. Set the plant in the water without the saucer to allow it to soak the water from the bottom. Let the plant sit in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. After the 30 minutes is up, feel the top of the soil to see if it has soaked up enough water. If it needs a little more time, let it sit for an additional 15-30 minutes, or water slightly from the top of the soil.
  4. Drain the sink and let the plant rest to allow the water to trickle from the bottom.
  5. Place plant back on saucer making sure there is no standing water.

Keep in mind that when the soil goes from bone-dry to saturated, it can cause stress for your Aglaonema and may cause leaves to drop. Give it some time to adjust.

Not enough humidity

Your Aglaonema will do best in a humid environment. Increase the humidity around your plant by misting it on a regular basis, using a pebble tray, or moving a humidifier nearby.

Need more help?

We're confident your Aglaonema will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.