Aglaonema is a surprising decorative houseplant. The name is derived from the Greek "aglos' means gorgeous and 'ema' thread, the name refers to the nicely drawn blades. One of the strongest selling points of this magazine beauty is that he is very easy going and can take a beating. That makes Aglaonema an ideal plant for those with no such green fingers, which still looks like a foliage plant for advanced. The plants have powerful air purifying properties that have a positive impact on the climate.
Aglaonema is native to Southeast Asia, where the plant occurs in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. The plant grows as undergrowth in tropical rain forests with high humidity, high temperatures and filtered sunlight. The plant belongs to the family of the Araceae (Arum family), characterized by the spike (spadix) and bract (spathe) that they bloom. However, it does not Aglaonema to this inconspicuous inflorescence, but the decorative sheet. The family has more foliage plants such as dieffenbachia, Alocasia, Caladium, Monstera, Philodendron, and Epipremnum. Also flowering plants like Anthurium, Zantedeschia and Spathiphyllum belong to this family. They have in common that they are grown long and that farmers have a lot of experience and knowledge of Aglaonema and associates.
The range of this beautiful leaf plant is expanding with nicer and better cultivars. The plants are characterized by an all-rich 'bushy' growth, but differences in leaf color and leaf thickness. Among the newcomers an increasing number of cultivars with something leerachtiger sheet, which means that they are even easier in the home or office. The leaf markings are often fascinating lively, with lots of gray and green shades, but there are also white variegated cultivars and new red-orange hues.
Cultivars with gray-green leaves are Silver Queen Mary, Mary Compacta, Maria Christina, Silver Bay, Silver Moon, Stripes, Cutlass, Gemini, BJ Freeman
With yellow or orange-reddish leaves are pseudobracteatum Golden Passion Pink Jade, Ruby Sunset and Sparkling Sarah