Aglaonema is part of the Araceae family, its native range is from NE. India to Papua New Guinea. These decorative plants are widely cultivated with dramatic colour variations. The 'Bidadari', in particular, is often favoured for its unique pink variegation; this does mean, however, that they require more light than green Aglaonema.
Genus name comes from the Greek aglaos meaning splendour and nema meaning thread (referring to the stamens).
Pot: ø 17cm.
Height: Approximately 50cm from base of pot.
Light: Bright indirect light, meaning the plant sees the sun for 0-4 hours per day - this could be through trees or a translucent curtain, it’s important for the plant to see the sky in order to thrive.
Water: Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite or vermiculite, orchid bark and worm castings.
Fertilising: Feed your plant every other watering during the growing season or when you observe active growth. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Ideally 18-21°C, no cooler than 15°C.
Humidity: Aglaonema would prefer higher humidity but do well to adapt to average home humidity. You can increase humidity by placing the plant on a watered pebble tray or using a humidifier.
Aglaonema are toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
How do you take care of Aglaonema 'Bidadari'?
Take care of Aglaonema 'Bidadari' by keeping it in a space that is consistently above 18°C in temperature, ensuring that it is not exposed to draughts. Keep this plant in humid conditions and ensure you check the potting mix before watering.
Why is my Aglaonema 'Bidadari' drooping?
Aglaonema 'Bidadari' drooping could be a sign that the plant is not being given the right watering or lighting.
Does Aglaonema 'Bidadari' need light?
Agloanema 'Bidari' needs light in order to stay healthy. Position this plant so it receives plenty of indirect light, due to its variegation, Aglaonema 'Bidadari' requires more light than other variations.
Are Aglaonema 'Bidadari' poisonous?
Aglaonema 'Bidadari' is considered toxic. The plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause irritation to the body if ingested. Its sap can also cause skin irritation and painful rashes. As such, it should be kept out of reach of animals or children.
How do you revive an Aglaonema 'Bidadari'?
Reviving an Aglaonema 'Bidadari' can be achieved once you understand what is causing the plant to not grow as it should. Usually, this plant’s ill health can be isolated to either over-watering, under-watering, too much or not enough light, or a lack of nutrients. Root rot can also affect the plant, which should be remedied by either drying out the potting mix or replacing altogether, and cutting away any rotting roots.
How often should I water my Aglaonema 'Bidadari'?
Allow the first 2-3 inches of mix to dry out. Before watering, ensure the substrate isn’t compacted, if it is, aerate it with a few pokes of a skewer or blunt stick, pour water slowly over the top and allow the water to pass through the drainage holes.
Is Aglaonema 'Bidadari' an indoor plant?
Aglaonema 'Bidadari' should be considered an indoor plant, as it requires such warmth and high humidity in order to grow properly. A warm, humid, bright environment, such as a greenhouse, is ideal for this plant, but it can also grow perfectly well inside the home.