How to Survive Your First Aglaonema Commutatum

Your First Aglaonema Commutatum

If you come across a plant with unbranched, at first erect, then decumbent stamen and oval or oblong-lanceolate dark green leaves with silvery-white spots , you can be sure that it is one of the varieties of Chinese evergreen – Aglaonema commutatum. The word “commutatum” means “altered, changed” which refers to the foliage variegation.

The common names of the plant are “café-de-salão” (Portuguese );“Philippine evergreen” (English); “Kolbenfaden” (German).

If you keep this genus as a houseplant you have to be ready that the species rarely blossoms. There is a little creamy white spadix enclosed by a green spathe in every axillary inflorescence. After the blossoms there appear clusters of red berries.

The substratum for this cultivar should be organic. It’s better to add porous and well drained sand and agri perlite, if you don’t want rottenness to occur.

The species thrives at the temperature over 15-16°C, 20-22°C will be even better, and there mustn’t be any temperature fluctuations.

Watering of this plant must be moderate: you simply have to keep substratum humid.