Star of India - Knowledgebase Question

Stony Brook, NY
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Question by tippy3286
March 16, 1999
Please tell me the proper care of the Star of India plant.

Answer from NGA
March 16, 1999
The true identity of your Star of India is Aglaonema, also known as Chinese Evergreen.
Aglaonema is a slow-growing plant that requires frequent feeding, moist air, and plenty of
water during the growing season. The leaves are large and spear-shaped, growing on short
stems. Some have white or yellow variegated foliage, and these types need more light that
those with plain green leaves. Give your plant warm temperatures (minimum of 60F in the
winter, semi-shade or bright light, but keep away from direct sunlight. Water sparingly in
the winter, but keep the soil moist from spring through autumn. Mist the leaves regularly
and feed with a diluted liquid fertilizer every 4 weeks during the growing season.

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