Aglaonema silver bay, also known as Chinese evergreen, is known for the striking variegation on its leaves. This plant is extremely easy to care for, making it perfect for beginners. It was one of the first plants I learned how to grow many years ago and that same plant is still going strong to this day. In this post, we’ll learn all about caring for this incredible plant!
The Chinese evergreen is native to tropical regions of Asia and New Guinea. It is a low-maintenance and relatively fast-growing plant if given ideal conditions. Mine grows a new leaf almost every week. However, don’t stress if your plant is growing more slowly. Chances are it’s a case of low light, and these plants can still thrive in low light!
Aglaonema stems are short with pointed, oval leaves that unfurl from the center and grow outwards. The leaves can grow to be around 9 to 12 inches long, while the whole plant can get around four feet tall. The stems and leaves are both glossy, and the variegated leaves have different combinations of dark green to light green to silver colors.
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 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.
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.
Silver Bays prefer temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.
For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer.
Moderately toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
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.