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Palm City Florida
tmorrogh
May 9, 2020 5:35 AM CST
I bought this Red Aglaonema 18 months ago. It was ok for the first few months, but now the stems have spread out instead of being upright. At first, I thought it was drooping because it needed to be watered, but even after watering the stems are spread. I had been watering twice a month because that is what the plant tag recommended. I've tried watering more frequently, but that doesn't help. The leaves seem healthy. I don't see any spots or yellowing. It's in the original nursery pot which has a drainage slot, although I do notice that it can take a long time to drain after watering. It's located between two west facing windows in Florida, and one window's blind is usually closed, so it gets obstructed afternoon light. I've never pruned it except to take off old leaves. Any idea why the stems are spreading instead of growing upright?



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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
May 9, 2020 7:36 AM CST
Welcome! Your red Agaloanema looks great and the only thing that needs adjusting is your expectations. Smiling

The leaves and the stems naturally orient themselves to get maximum light exposure. If the light was coming from directly overhead rather than the sides, then the stems would be more upright. But I think yours looks great just the way it is now growing.

In time, the stems will get longer and some will start to lean way over the side of the pot. Those can then be shortened by pruning them back. New growth will emerge subsequently after pruning. Selective pruning is the way that you can manage the overall shape and size of your plant. Otherwise, keep up the good work!
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Palm City Florida
tmorrogh
May 9, 2020 2:37 PM CST
Thank you very much for your quick response. I've never had an Aglaonema before so I didn't really know what to expect. I'm so pleased to find out that it's ok. I'll do some online research to learn the right way to prune it. Thanks again for your help.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 10, 2020 8:26 AM CST
There is no "right way" to prune. Pruning is done to get it to the shape and size that YOU want. Any stem can be cut back to any length. New growth will emerge subsequently on that cut stem starting where you make the pruning cut and grow outward from there. It is really quite simple once you overcome any fear that pruning will damage the plant. It won't! Pruning just alters its apperance.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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Palm City Florida
tmorrogh
May 11, 2020 5:30 AM CST
Thanks for the advice. I'm going to prune one stem and see what happens. Thanks for your help.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 11, 2020 8:38 AM CST
Thumbs up Crossing Fingers!
Will Creed
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Contact me directly at [email protected]
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