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Aglaonema commutatum ‘Malay Beauty’

Chinese evergreen

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Features

  • Height2m to 3m
  • Spread3m to 5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourCream, green, white
  • Leaf ColourDark green, green-white, cream

Description

Aglaonema commutatum ‘Malay Beauty’ (Chinese evergreen). Otherwise known as A. 'Pewter'. This is an evergreen, erect, tufted perennial with ovate leaves which are dark green, mottled green-white and cream.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Rhizome, Herbaceous

Origin

Malaysia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessTropical (min 17°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH5.0 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost tender and most species will require a min of 15C. They will tolerate shade, although the variegated forms will need more light. They will prefer a moist but well drained soil. Water moderately when in full growth and less in the winter. Cut off flowering stems when they appear to prolong the life of the plant and maintain bushy growth. Always wear gloves when handling this plant as the sap contains calcium oxalate which irritates the skin.

Propagation

Propagation is by division or stem cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bug, nematodes, the fungus Myrothecium roridum and bacteria such as Pseudomonas cichorii, Erwinia chrysanthemi, and Xanthomonas campestris, which can all cause leaf spot.

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