Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor is a very unique aglo, a beautiful plant with attractive foliage and very unpretentious nature given its low maintenance. It is a slow growing plant and has amazing oval shaped leaves with unique variations. True to its name, Tricolor, the leaves of this plant exhibit a mixture of three different colors namely light green, white, and dark. This plant is very suitable for indoor environments and thrives in ordinary home conditions making it a highly preferred ornamental plant.
Features of Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor
Foliage and Stem
This plant has large and beautiful leaves with a glossy texture and oval shape. They have short stems that grow to about 30 to 60 centimeters in height and about 2 centimeters thick. The petiole grows to about 4 to 7 centimeters which holds the leaf in sharp lines. The leaves are about 10 to 20 centimeters long and 4 to 6 centimeters wide. They have a clear and conspicuous spot on dark leaves and are spectacular with variations in silver and light green hues.
Good news for owners of Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor, these plants are evergreen, meaning they remain lush and beautiful throughout their lives, unaffected by the passing seasons. This is one of the many reasons houseplant owners love this species.
This particular plant is compact and grows to a height of about 60 cm and no more. They spread the same width too.
Although they are quite adaptable in terms of environment, cold and freezing temperatures are one of the weaknesses of Aglaonema plants. To avoid growth problems and the potential death of your prized plant, make sure you move it to a more suitable location during cold and windy weather.
The tropical origin of this species allows it to grow in slightly humid environments but too much moisture can frustrate your plants. Remember, they can survive in moderately humid environments but prefer low humidity.
Aglaonema plants grow spadix or cobs which eventually grow unisexual flowers. Flowers near the base contain only female parts and those near the tips are mostly male flowers. This flower has a green-white color and grows fruit in the form of yellow or red berries. It's just a thin covering over the big seed. Plants can bloom all year round, but the plant's foliage remains the main attraction.
Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor does not die if it is deprived of water for a few hours or days, so technically, they are drought tolerant. However this plant does not grow best in dry conditions and lack of water, so it is recommended that you make sure your plant stays nice and hydrated at all times.
Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor plant has a rather delicate structure and does not withstand pressure when stepped on or pressed against other objects. Make sure you store them in a more open place where they can grow to their potential and where no one steps on them by accident.
Resistance to Diseases and Pests
Although no serious complaints have been reported with these plants, they are nevertheless susceptible to annoying insects such as aphids, mealybugs and spider mites. In very humid conditions, the roots or stems may rot. You can spot potential disease or insect attacks by looking at the leaves and stems of the plant.
Weak, brown, or pale leaves may indicate an underlying disorder. You can even find these insects roaming around the ground or hiding under leaves. Tiny cobwebs under the leaves are an ideal indicator that your plant has been visited by mites. But don't panic. Simply isolate your plant so it doesn't spread to other nearby plants. Prune the plant and trim off any dead or diseased parts. If conditions are severe, spray a fungicide, insecticide or, if necessary, re-pot. Treat as usual and place it back next to other plants once it grows back normally.
As mentioned earlier, this plant is slow growing and tends to take time to develop to full size, so if you are taking good care of the plant and it is not showing any visible progress in size, don't panic as consistency is key.
Although beautiful, this species is not edible. Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause mild to severe physical symptoms if ingested. These symptoms range from abdominal pain to difficulty swallowing and swelling in the mouth and throat. You should keep this plant away from your pets and children.
This plant has a perpetual life cycle which makes it a very durable plant. This also makes them economical as you don't have to worry about replacing them in a long time and purchasing them is worth the price.
One of the many reasons why Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor is such a hit among houseplant enthusiasts is that it is not only stunning, but also incredibly easy to care for. If you are a busy person or a beginner with houseplants, this will be the right choice for you.
Plants will “rest” during the frigid winter months in a four-season country. During this time, do not give fertilizer or multiply plants. Just flush as needed. They will bloom again in the spring. Plants will not be dormant in a tropical country like Indonesia.
Treatment of Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor
Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor care requires water and fertilizer only once every few weeks depending on the individual needs of the plant. They thrive in well-lit rooms with low humidity levels and don't require frequent moving or maintenance.
To ensure plants thrive, keep them well-watered and moist. But make sure the soil is not wet or stagnant. You can water the plant whenever the top 2 to 4 centimeters starts to feel dry. Use your finger to feel the texture of the soil or use a moisture meter for more accuracy. You can water the plant regularly or several times a week depending on your individual needs, just make sure the soil is not clogged with water because it can cause rot, or too dry because it can wilt your plant. Plant watering needs usually decrease during the rainy season.
In terms of planting media and soil mixture, this plant is not too picky. They thrive in good quality, organic, well-draining soil that is neither too dense nor too sandy. The soil should be light and should contain equal parts of the preferred materials such as charcoal, peat, husks, cocopeat and sand. The pH should be slightly acidic to create ideal growing conditions.
Aglaonema is a shade-loving plant due to the natural origins of its species. They prefer filtered indirect light. Indoors, you can place it in a brightly lit room near a north- or east-facing window. However, the need for sunlight usually depends on whether the plant is variegated or not. Plants such as Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor can tolerate a brighter environment than the darker variety of the genus to maintain variegation in their leaves. Remember to keep rotating your plant so that it gets the same amount of sunlight in all parts and grows symmetrically in terms of shape, size, and color.
You can fertilize your Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor once every month with a balanced organic liquid fertilizer or foliar fertilizer. The frequency of fertilization for these plants largely depends on the individual plant and the type of fertilizer you use. There are three types of fertilizers that you can choose from, from water-soluble fertilizers, fast-release fertilizers, slow-release fertilizers with temperature control, and organic fertilizers. Slow-release fertilizers are usually applied to plants once a season, while fast-acting plant fertilizers can be applied several times.
Since these plants like it when their roots grow to fill the pot, they don't need to be repotted too often. You can transplant it to a larger pot every 2 to 3 years. You can also repot it in case of insect or disease attack.
Care and Pruning
You don't need to prune Aglaonema Pictum Tricolor plants too often. Just throw away dead and dry leaves and keep them clean. Spray and clean the plant as often as possible and clean it regularly. And when you do regular checks on the plant, take this opportunity to thoroughly examine the plant for signs of insect invasion and underlying disease.
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