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Jan 13, 2017 5:23 PM CST
In April of last year, I bought a beautiful red aglaonema for my desk at work, and it did really well and looked gorgeous all year... until December. A couple of the leaves started turning yellow and one of the stems was drooping a lot. I figured it had just outgrown its current pot and would need a new one. Since a coworker expressed interest in her own aglaonema, I decided to split the existing stems in two and just get two pots instead of getting the next size up. The other stems have all recovered and are doing quite well now, but the first one is still having issues. It's still drooping and now the leaves are really kind of sad-looking also. Quite a few of the lower leaves have been removed, and the stem looks really leggy. Would this be resolved by cutting the stem into, well, cuttings and replanting those in a good rooting medium, or would that just make things worse? It's only been about two weeks since the repotting, so I'm not sure how much time it really needs to recover. Should I give it more time? Thank you for your assistance!
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Name: Sally
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Jan 13, 2017 7:05 PM CST
So all the roots seemed pretty healthy, and enough attached to this bunch of stems?
And it's not soaking in a puddle of water or wet soil?

I wonder if the original plant had gotten so big, it wasn't getting enough water in the center of the pot.

I have the same one, or very similar. I have cut up the older green Aglaonemas and rooted them, they seem sort of slow but do get going eventually.

It's not lack of water at this point, so the wilting, I think, must mean lack of roots on these stems, or too wet.
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