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May 30, 2018 11:09 AM CST
Kansas City
I have a red aglaonema. It was healthy and happy until about December and then the plant started to droop to the sides. I thought it was root bound, so I reported it. Still droops and the plant growth has slowed. I've lost some newer plants in the center. I water about every two weeks.
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May 30, 2018 2:02 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
The larger pot was unnecessary and has the opposite effect of helping with the leaning stems.

Your Aglaonema needs to be pruned. The stems on this variety are not very strong so they do lean when not pruned regularly and allowed to grow tall. At a minimum, cut the two tallest stems back by half. New growth will emerge subsequently starting just below where you make the pruning cuts. You could cut the stems back as far as two inches above the soil. You can prune back all of the stems at the same time (and get it over with!) or you can prune back one stem at a time over the course of a few months.

Tip cuttings with 2 inches of bare stem will root pretty readily in water or damp soil.
Will Creed
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May 30, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Kansas City
Thanks so much! Should I change the pot or just leave it and put the cuttings in the current one after they've rooted in water?
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May 30, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Normally, it would have been better in its original pot. However, it has already been stressed by one repotting and a second one may make it worse. If the original rootball is still completely intact and can be removed all in one piece, then you could consider moving it back to the original pot.

Otherwise, leave it in its new pot but be aware that the excess soil makes inadvertent overwatering more likely. Remove any soi you added to the surface of the original rootball. When you water add just enough so that it dries out appropriately again within about a week.

The rooted cuttings can be put in that pot or in a separate pot. If the latter, make sure it is a very small pot.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
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