He copes well in low humidity but misting him every few days will keep brown edges at bay.
He’s drought tolerant, but he’ll be happiest if you water him when the top two inches of soil feel dry.
Most light conditions
He does quite well in light shade, though you’ll get more colour if you put him somewhere bright but out of direct sun.
If you have lower light conditions and struggle to keep unusual plants happy, this is a great option. He’s incredibly easygoing.
Aglaonema ‘Red Star’
Plant height (including pot)
Mildly toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About aglaonema ‘Red Star’
It’s often the case that brightly coloured plants need lots of light and lots of attention. Not the case with aglaonema ‘Red Star’. It has incredible ruby red leaves, yet it’s extremely easy to care for. It manages well in fairly low light and low humidity, and it’s drought tolerant too. What’s not to love?
This plant is a specially bred version of the Chinese evergreen, a family of plants most commonly found in tropical regions of SouthEast Asia. Introduced to the UK in the late 1800s, it’s become a very popular small indoor plant because it’s so low-maintenance, suitable for homes or offices.
The name aglaonema is derived from the Greek ‘aglos’, meaning bright, and ‘nema’, meaning thread, because many varieties have colourful, thread-like veins. Without wanting to make any other Chinese evergreens feel bad, this has to be the most spectacular one we’ve ever seen.
Did you know?
In China, the Chinese evergreen is considered a lucky plant. Who knows if it works, but worth a try, right?