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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 12, 2018 1:22 PM CST
Hi! A few months ago, I purchased a gorgeous Aglaonema from Home Depot that was small but in good shape.

I brought it home and put it lovingly on my nightstand. Well it loves this spot and has since already unfurled 5 new leaves! From my understanding, these plants are supposed to be slow growers?

I was wondering if it is due for a transplant. The pot it is in seems small for the plant however, I also read it should be transplanted every 2-3 years!!

I don't 100% know what potting medium it appears fibrous kinda like coconut husk. The pot it is in is 6" wide and 6.5" deep. The root ball of the plant seems to be separate from the soil on the bottom of the pot

Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 12, 2018 1:45 PM CST
Pictures are helpfull.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 12, 2018 2:06 PM CST
Bah! They didnt upload lol
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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
Jan 12, 2018 4:37 PM CST
Red Aglaonemas have relatively small root systems and rarely need to be repotted. Yours looks fine in the pot it is now in. When you water it thoroughly and it needs to be watered again in a couple of days, then it might be ready for an 8-inch pot.

If and when it does need repotting, try to use a potting mix that matches the mix it is now in.

When you write, "The root ball of the plant seems to be separate from the soil on the bottom of the pot," what do you mean?
Will Creed
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Jan 12, 2018 6:18 PM CST
I had that variety from a big box store, and loved it. It was gorgeous. Do as Will says, and enjoy. (And don't give it to my daughter, she doesn't quite have the knack yet..., hence, HAD..)
Under greenhouse care, it got those new leaves ready. It might not continue fast growth. The one my daughter nearly killed sat on my potting bench all summer and is verrry slowly putting leaves on. My experience with Ags at home is, slow growing.
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Name: Sue
SF Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b)
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Zuni
Jan 12, 2018 9:51 PM CST
I say - if it ain't broke, don't fix it :-)

If it's so happy it's growing like crazy, I think you should leave it alone. No need to repot until it tells you something's wrong is my way of thinking. Or as Will says, when it becomes a pain to water.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Jan 14, 2018 11:37 AM CST
I do like your thinking there Sue.👍
I'm of same school.
Plants do talk. 🕵️
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
Jan 23, 2018 5:11 PM CST
So I noticed that watering was becoming a bit of an issue. I would water it and need to re-water it 2-3 days later. I also noticed that lower leaves started yellowing and the colour fading.

I took the risk and put it in an 8" pot with a mix of cactus and sphagum soil. I watered it well and haven't had to water it for almost 2 weeks now.

Seems the colour has started to come back, the plant/leaves have spread out AND I have 2 new leaves. I'm so hoping it is happy Smiling
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Name: Victoria
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Zone 3a)
MythrilDelight
May 13, 2018 10:01 AM CST
Update: I had to change the pot this Baby was in. My kiddos dropped something on the pot and it hit perfectly enough to crack halfway down.

I've heard these plants are slow growers but this one seems very happy! It spouted another 2 leaves since I posted last. The colour has returned and it seems like it spread out.

I truly love this plant (along with all my others)


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Name: Will Creed
NYC
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WillC
May 13, 2018 10:14 AM CST
It looks great! The pot has quite a bit of added soil and probably does not have a drain hole. That's okay as long as you make appropriate watering adjustments. Allow the soil to dry deeper into the pot that you did before the repotting. When you do water, add just enough so that it reaches that same level of dryness again in about a week. If the soil stays too damp much longer than that, then you risk root suffocation.

They do tend to grow in spurts. With continued success, you will have to consider pruning back long stems before they get leggy. But you are not there yet. Keep up the good work!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
May 13, 2018 4:21 PM CST
Ditto, it's gorgeous. I have one of those, my daughter nearly killed it but it is slowly recovering and I hope to root cuttings soon, and let the base fill out too.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
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