Use these instructions to care for a Cutlass Aglaonema indoor plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Chinese Evergreen; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care it might need to help it grow.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTSBy nature, Aglaonemas do best in well-lit locations such as a window sill with eastern light exposure. Bright, but indirect sunlight is optimal. Be careful not to put your Cutlass Aglaonema in full sun because, in many cases, the leaves will burn. If you have less than optimal lighting available, don’t worry! Your Cutlass Aglaonema will tolerate, and even thrive in, low light areas. In most cases, artificial light found in windowless offices proves enough for this tough plant.
WATER REQUIREMENTSYour Cutlass Aglaonema prefers to be kept moist during the spring and summer, but make sure the soil isn’t soggy. Moderation is key! Do not allow the lower soil (where roots reside) to remain wet as this may cause root rot. In the winter, water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings.
HUMIDITY PREFERENCEThis plant can survive in a low humidity environment, but it will thrive with a higher humidity level. Mist the leaves regularly to raise the humidity.
OPTIMUM TEMPERATURECutlasses prefer temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
PLANT FOODFor best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer.
ADDITIONAL CAREA common problem with Aglaonema is called ‘tipping’ when the tips of the leaves dry out and turn brown. This can be caused by a variety of issues like overwatering, too much fertilizer, etc. The most common cause is tap water, which contains salts, chlorine, and fluoride. If you do not have a filtration system, leaving the tap water in an open container overnight before watering can help remove some of the chlorine and fluoride.
TOXICITYModerately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.