How to Care for a Silver Bay Aglaonema

How to Care for a Silver Bay Aglaonema

Use these instructions to care for a Silver Bay Aglaonema plant. This guide will tell you how to water your Chinese Evergreen; its light, temperature, and humidity preferences; and any additional care your plant might need to help it grow.




LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
By 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 to not put the Silver Bay in full sun because, in many cases, the leaves will burn. If you have less than optimal lighting available, don’t worry! Your Silver Bay 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 REQUIREMENTS
Water thoroughly, but allow the soil to dry out between waterings. This plant prefers to be kept moist, but make sure the soil isn’t soggy—moderation is key! Do not allow the lower soil (bottom of the pot where roots reside) to remain wet as this may cause root rot.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE
The Silver Bay Aglaonema can survive in a low humidity environment, but will thrive with a higher humidity level. Mist the leaves regularly to raise the humidity.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Silver Bays prefer temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

PLANT FOOD
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer.

ADDITIONAL CARE
A 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.

TOXICITY
Moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.