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How to Care for Aglaonema Pink Moon (Chinese Evergreen)

Aglaonema Pink Moon via Imgur

If you are looking for a small and easy-to-care-for plant for your home, look no further! The Aglaonema Pink Moon, also known as Chinese Evergreen, is tolerant of many conditions and will make a great addition to your home or indoor plant collection. Aglaonema Pink Moon is captivating with its shiny green leaves and pink stem. Aside from the beautiful pink stem, the leaves are speckled with a pink and white variation. This plant has a large emphasis on its lush leaves. A leaf from a mature plant ends up being around two-thirds the size of the entire plant. This Chinese evergreen even produces a beautiful pink flower. 

The Aglaonema Pink Moon is native to tropical and subtropical regions of New Guinea and Asia. These plants are highly regarded within Chinese culture. They represent good luck and abundant prosperity. Many people in China keep these plants in their homes or offices to promote wealth freely entering their lives. 

Size 

Aglaonema Pink Moon keeps to the size of a small shrub. When it reaches maturity, it only grows to be about one to two feet in size. The size makes this plant perfect for anyone looking to brighten up a small space. 

Light

Aglaonema Pink Moon is tolerant of various light situations. Ideally, it prefers to be in bright indirect sunlight. However, it can also tolerate low light. Aglaonema pink moon should always be kept out of direct sunlight so as not to burn the leaves. If your plant starts to look burnt on the leaves, move it into lower light. If you keep this plant outdoors, just ensure it is in a shaded area. 

If the desired space for this plant does not have windows, that is ok too. In the absence of sunlight, this plant will tolerate fluorescent lights if the lights are kept at least 6 feet away from the plant. This quality that the plant can grow under fluorescent lights makes this plant a wonderful companion for an office space without natural light. 

Temperature 

Since the Aglaonema Pink Moon is native to warm tropical areas near Asia, this plant enjoys being kept at a warmer temperature that mimics its natural environment. The ideal temperature for your Chinese Evergreen is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

These plants do not like the cold. If they start to get too cold, they will alert you by developing brown patches on their skin. Make sure that your plant has a warm refuge in your home if you experience harsh winters where you live. 

Humidity 

The Aglaonema Pink Moon loves a humid environment that mimics its tropical and subtropical roots. Normally, you will want the humidity level to be around 70% if you want to create the lushest foliage for your plant. Although creating a humid environment for your Aglaonema Pink Moon is highly recommended, it will also tolerate lower humidity levels. If you live in a dryer area, you will want to add humidity to your plant’s environment to keep it happy. 

If you want to increase humidity, you could consider purchasing a humidifier. You could also rest your pot on a bed of rocks submerged in water. 

Alternatively, you could spray your plant with a spray bottle. 

Regardless of where you live, make sure that your plant is in a well-ventilated place to avoid fungal growth or bug infestations that could cause damage to your plant. Too much humidity and too little ventilation will create many problems for your beloved plant. 

Soil 

Aglaonema Pink Moon needs to be kept in nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Any indoor potting mix will work. You could consider adding peat moss or perlite to increase drainage and root aeration. You could consider adding compost or fertilizer to increase the nutrient content in the soil.

This plant should only be watered when the soil’s top layer starts to dry. It does not like sitting in soggy soil. Leaving your Aglaonema Pink Moon in soggy soil could lead to the development of disease, fungus, or pests. 

Fertilizer

Since these plants love nutrient-rich soil, you will likely want to add fertilizer to your plant. You can use a mild fertilizer during the warmth of the spring and summer months. Adding fertilizer during the winter months will be useless since your plant will be dormant during this time. 

It is recommended to be cautious about the concentration of fertilizer. If you are using too much fertilizer, your plant will tell you by developing burnt marks on its leaves. Whatever fertilizer you decide to use, dilute it heavily with water. 

Aglaonema Pink Moon via Imgur

Repotting

Aglaonema Pink Moon enjoys being root-bound. If you start to notice roots coming out of the holes at the bottom of the pot, it could be time to repot. Choose a pot that is about twice as big as your original pot. Realistically, your plant will only need to be repotted every two to three years. 

Toxicity 

Be careful when handling your Aglaonema Pink Moon since this plant is considered toxic to humans and animals. Like many other members of the Aroid family that this plant is a part of, it contains small crystals made of calcium oxalate. Touching this plant can cause skin irritations, and ingestion can lead to more severe issues. Keep this plant away from pets and kids, and seek medical attention if you have a severe adverse reaction. 

Aglaonema Pink Moon Yellow Leaves

Have you noticed that your Aglaonema Pink Moon has developed yellow leaves? The leaves are still upright, but the oldest leaves slowly lose their vibrant colors.  

If you start to notice this yellow leaf development on your plant, it is a sign that it is getting too much water. Yellow leaves are a classic sign that the plant is overwatered and the soil is retaining too much moisture. 

If you would like to improve the condition of your plant, consider watering it less. Wait until the soil is about 50% dry before watering again. 

You could also consider repotting your plant into dryer soil, but since the plant is already in a state of stress, you risk stressing it more by repotting it. You could also move it closer to light or a window to increase the amount of water evaporated and absorbed by the plant. 

The yellowing leaves could also just be a sign of natural aging for your plant. In this case, there is nothing to worry about. 

Alternatively, you could consider propagating your plant to create new healthy plants that will not suffer from yellowing leaves. 

Pruning

Since the Aglaonema pink moon is a shrub-type plant, it benefits from being regularly pruned. Pruning your Chinese Evergreen will result in a bushier plant. All that you need to do to prune this plant is to use your fingers to pinch off new green leaves that you see pop up. Once the leaf is taken off the plant, it will be encouraged to divide and create more leaves. You can also use scissors to cut off any dead leaves you see so that your plant can use its energy to create new growth. 

Aglaonema Pink Moon Propagation 

If you would like to create more Aglaonema Pink Moon plants from your original parent plant, it is a relatively easy process. You can consider propagation during the warmth of the spring and summer months. There are two options for propagation: root division and stem cuttings.

If you choose to do propagation by root division, first gently take your plant out of its pot.

With scissors that have been sterilized with hot water, cut about 1/3 of the plant off roots, leaves, and all. 

After this step, you can place the new plants back into their homes and watch in awe as they grow to fill the new space that they are in. These new little plants will need extra love and care as they establish themselves in their new homes, so ensure they are comfortable in some indirect sunlight and have enough humidity. They will take about 2 to 3 months to get fully established. 

If you would like to do propagation by stem cuttings, first choose a few healthy stems from the plant. The stems that you choose should be large and healthy with at least 5 mature leaves. Once you choose your desired stems, cut them off with a pair of sterilized scissors. Remove the bottom two leaves. Then, place the new cuttings in a new pot of well-draining soil. Water them and give them plenty of sunlight. You will notice your cuttings start to develop roots within about 3 weeks. 

You could do this same method, and instead of soil, use water to let the cuttings root in. It will take longer for them to root in water versus having their root in a pot, but it can be enjoyable to watch the cuttings grow with a transparent container. 

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