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Beats
May 30, 2020 12:21 PM CST
Hi,

I have had this agalonema plant for about 6 months now and it was really doing good until recently I noticed the plant stem is turning brown, leaves are turning yellow and the plant itself is dropping, for which i put up some stick to support.

I usually just water spray it 4 times a week and water it with miracle go mix once a month. After doing well until now, i am not sure why the plant is behaving like this. Please advise if i were to repot it to a bigger pot. Ps.. i never repotted it after i bought this. Thank you in advance Smiling
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critterologist
Jun 1, 2020 3:03 PM CST
Not sure where you are in the world, but if you're heading into summer your plant should be perking up and doing better... stick your finger in to be sure soil is dry before you water, and skip the miracle gro (or use at 1/4 strength).

If you've been growing it in that pot for a while, it's possible fertilizer salts have built up in the soil. You can flush it thoroughly with fresh water, adding a quart or two and letting it run freely from the drainage holes. Better yet, repot it with fresh, slightly moistened potting mix (not miracle gro, which may have too much fertilizer and retain too much water, especially the "moisture control" type).

Just thought -- Does your container have drainage holes?? If not, it's super easy to overwater. If you haven't been overwatering, a buildup of fertilizer salts is my best guess for sure; it'll happen faster in a pot without drainage. Fresh potting mix and a container with holes will help, in that case.
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Name: John
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Jun 1, 2020 3:32 PM CST
It looks like typical growth in home conditions. Lower light levels and humidity and less leaching by irrigation. In commercial greenhouses plants get very different conditions from typical home environments. Nothing you are doing is "wrong", this is how plants respond. The "browning" on the stem is normal unless it gets mushy, but it sounds like you're watering properly to avoid that. The floppiness is what happens when they grow in an environment with limited air/wind movement. Without the 'stress' of wind the stems don't develop lignin to hold them upright and they get limp and fall over. You could grow it in a hanging basket and it would trail down a foot or so, if you let it. Either staking or cutting back will be OK as far as the plant is concerned.

Oh, and I wouldn't repot it until it's at least 3 or 4 times its current size

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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2020 4:56 PM CST
Hi Beats, Welcome!

Beats said:I usually just water spray it 4 times a week and water it with miracle go mix once a month.


Aglaonema has a very shallow root system and I wonder if spray watering 4 times a week is supplying sufficient moisture to reach the roots of the plant. In your photo the soil appears wet but perhaps you've just recently watered it, or perhaps it's my visual perception of the photo. Aglaonema should receive bright, indirect light (no sun) and the soil should be just barely damp but not overly wet. In my opinion, fertilizing once a month is entirely too often and will likely cause nutrient build up in the soil. I've been growing a few Aglaonema for years now and I've never fertilized mine, ever.

Your plant resembles Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema 'Mystic Fire Topaz') Here's a photo from our database for comparison:




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critterologist
Jun 2, 2020 4:04 PM CST
Listen to Lin and disregard my advice about waiting to water until the soil feels dry a couple inches down (by poking in your finger). If she says they like more constant moisture, then that's the thing to do!
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