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Aglaonema Mary Ann – A Beginner-Friendly Houseplant

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Aglaonema Mary Ann

Aglaonema Mary Ann is an elegant Aglaonema variety that you can add to your indoor plant collection. This lovely plant has refreshing foliage with dark-green leaves and silver-green markings. The plant has a medium height, so it can be grown anywhere inside a home. And let us tell you the best thing; this plant is the easiest to care for! It is a low-maintenance, beginner-friendly houseplant that has the easiest care routine and the least care requirements. Due to its tendency to tolerate low light conditions, you can also grow this gorgeous plant in your office. An all-rounder plant!

Aglaonema Mary Ann Classification

  • Family: Araceae
  • Subfamily: Aroideae
  • Genus: Aglaonema

Distribution

This cultivar of the Aglaonema genus was introduced for the first time in the Philippines. Now it is cultivated and grown worldwide as a houseplant.

Aglaonema Mary Ann Appearance

Foliage

This plant has elliptical dark-green leaves that have white to silver-green markings on them. These markings are present along the veins of the leaves. Some leaves also have pink to red borders.

Size

The height of Aglaonema Mary Ann indoors ranges from 8 inches to 4 feet. Its height also depends on its growing conditions.

Aglaonema Mary Ann Care

Quick Guide 

  • Watering: Water when the top 50% soil is dry.
  • Soil type and pH: Peat-based, well-drained, acidic soil.
  • Sunlight: Partial sunlight or dappled shade.
  • Temperature: 20-25°C.
  • Humidity: 60-80%.
  • Fertilizer: A liquid fertilizer two times a month.
  • Hardiness: 10-11.

Let’s have a detailed discussion about this plant’s care routine.

Watering Requirements

This tropical plant needs moderate watering. It should be watered every 7 to 9 days in the growing season when the temperature is too high or low. The basic rule of thumb for its watering schedule is to water this plant when 50% of its soil gets dry. This way, the plant will never get overwatered.

Let us give you a secret tip on how to water this plant most perfectly. Take the pot and place it in a sink. Run the tap. Keep the plant under a running tap until water starts to drip from its drainage hole. This is why the plant will be thoroughly watered, and all its roots will receive enough drinking.

Aglaonema Mary Ann Soil

Aglaonema Mary Ann should be grown in a well-draining, peat-based potting mix. You can get the ideal potting mix labeled for Aglaonemas from your nearest store, or you can prepare a potting mix on your own. The perfect potting mix for this plant is a mixture of potting soil, peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark. All these organic ingredients increase the aeration of the soil and increase its drainage. The pH of the soil should be kept acidic for Aglaonema Mary Ann care and healthy growth. The optimum pH level for this plant is 5.6 to 6.5.

Sunlight

The white-streaked leaves of this beautiful Aglaonema species need bright sunlight to keep themselves fresh. The green color of the leaves is produced by photosynthesis which needs sunlight to take place. So, it means Mary Ann Aglaonema should be placed in a well-lit location. However, you must never place it under direct sun. Direct sunlight can burn its beautiful foliage, so avoid placing it on a windowsill where direct sunlight reaches its foliage all the time. This plant prefers to be placed in dappled shade or partial sunlight. You should place this plant several feet away from a window.

Temperature Requirements

This Aglaonema plant thrives at average room temperature. As long as the temperature stays between 20°C and 25°C, this plant keeps its healthy appearance. This plant cannot tolerate temperature fluctuations, so do not relocate it often to places with a huge temperature difference.

As it is not a winter-hardy plant, you must not place it outdoors in winters. It can easily get chilly injuries in frost. If the temperature falls below the average range, move this plant to a greenhouse where it can enjoy the warmth.

Humidity

Aglaonema Mary Ann care involves regulating the indoor humidity to 60-80%. This tropical evergreen plant loves high humidity; its attractive leaves need moisture to maintain their fresh coloration. Humidity must be regulated by either installing a humidifier or by placing the plant on a pebble tray. If you have more than one plant indoors, you should group them all. It will further increase the humidity.

Spritzing the plant with water is also effective for increasing humidity, but it also has some drawbacks. Moist foliage attracts more insects, and the plant becomes susceptible to pest problems. It is why spritzing or misting should be done with care. You should wipe the leaves afterward or keep an eye for any pest attack.

Fertilizer

Luckily, this plant is not a heavy foodie; it does not ask for occasional fertilization. You can either use a slow-release all-purpose fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer. Slow-release fertilizer should only be used two times every growing season because it is available to the roots for a longer time. On the other hand, you should use a liquid fertilizer every two weeks. It is up to your choice and ease which one you use.

Grooming and Pruning

You should prune this plant only to the extent of removing old and dead leaves. Its healthy leaves should not be pruned or trimmed at all. As soon as you spot a dead leaf or a dead stem, take out your gardening shears or a sharp pair of scissors and cut down the dead part. But keep in mind, you must always disinfect the shears or scissors before use.

How to Propagate Aglaonema Mary Ann

This lively Chinese Evergreen is a great mood lifter when grown indoors. Its fresh green foliage with beautiful markings beautifies any space where the plant is placed. It is why increasing the collection of this plant is a great idea. Propagation is the best way by which you can decorate every room with a stunning Aglaonema Mary Ann. This plant can be propagated through stem cuttings or division. Both methods are equally easy, but stem cutting takes more time to produce a mature plant. Here are both methods explained:

Propagation Through Stem Cuttings

  1. Cut a healthy stem of the plant using a knife.
  2. The cutting must be several inches long, have 2-3 leaves, and at least two nodes on it.
  3. Place the cutting in the rooting hormone.
  4. Plant this stem cutting in a separate pot in moist potting soil.
  5. This cutting will show new growth in 2-4 leaves.

Propagation Through Division

  1. Take out the plant from its pot and shake off excess soil.
  2. Untangle the roots and place the plant on a wooden board.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut the plant in two halves.
  4. The mother part must be 2/3rd, and the baby part must be 1/3rd in size.
  5. Plant both parts in separate pots.

Aglaonema Mary Ann Basic Features

Aglaonema Mary Ann Growth Rate

This plant grows at a slow pace. It grows so slowly that its growth is barely noticeable. New leaves grow after a month or several weeks. Its growth rate slows down even more if it is placed in low light. It is why you should place this plant in a well-lit spot.

Toxicity

The leaves of this plant contain calcium oxalate crystals. These crystals are poisonous to humans and animals. So, it is evident; this plant is not pet-friendly. If ingested, its leaves can cause skin reactions, GIT disorders, and dermatitis.

Air Purification

This plant actively filters benzene and formaldehyde from the air. It is a natural air purifier that makes sure you breathe fresh air inside your home. NASA has also declared this plant as one of the best natural air purifiers.

Drought Tolerance

It is a drought-tolerant species that can survive a fair amount of neglect. This plant forgives you if you forget to water it for several weeks. Its foliage always stays prepared for such conditions by retaining and storing water.

Maintenance

Aglaonema Mary Ann is a low-maintenance plant. Isn’t this great? A highly attractive plant that needs minimal care and attention! This plant does not fuss much about anything.

Dormancy

Just like other Aglaonema plants, this Chinese Evergreen also goes dormant in winters. Its growth rate slows down to almost nothing, and its foliage enters a resting stage. These are the days of lesser watering needs and no fertilization.

Common Problems and Their Solutions

Aglaonema Mary Ann Diseases

This plant is not completely resistant to diseases. It can get affected by several root or leaf diseases. The most dangerous and common three diseases affecting this plant are Pythium, Fusarium stem rot, and Colletotrichum. If your plant gets affected by any of these, remove the affected parts immediately.

Pests

The four common pests of Aglaonema Mary Ann are spider mites, mealybugs, scales, and aphids. These pests are attracted towards the foliage when the humidity is too high. You can get rid of these insects by either spraying a pesticide or trying traditional methods. One effective way of keeping these pests away is to rub the foliage with neem oil and rubbing alcohol. The strong smell of these two things sends these deadly insects away.

Frequently Asked Questions about Aglaonema Mary Ann

Why Are the Leaves of My Aglaonema Mary Ann Curling?

It means your plant is receiving too much sunlight. The leaves can burn in direct sunlight, so if this plant gets too much light, it curls its leaves to protect them from burning. In such a case, you should relocate your plant. Move it to a spot where no direct sunlight can reach its foliage, but the spot is still well-lit.

Why Are the Tips of the Leaves Turning Brown?

There are two main reasons for this problem. Either you are overwatering your plant or overfertilizing it. In both situations, the tips and edges of the leaves will turn brown and crips. As soon as you notice this symptom, regulate the watering and fertilization schedule.

How Often Should My Plant Be Repotted?

You should repot this plant every 12 or 18 months. Repotting the plant will not only provide it more room to grow but also replenish the used-up nutrients. You should always renew the potting soil. Also, use a pot that is 1-2 inches larger than the previous one.

Conclusion

Aglaonema Mary Ann is a Chinese Evergreen tropical variety popular houseplant due to its remarkable features. It is a low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, medium-sized plant that perfectly adorns a space. Not only this, but this plant is also a natural air purifier. It filters all the harmful chemicals and keeps the air fresh for you. It is why it is a must-have plant for every home and indoor space!

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