Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Wishes)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Wishes)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Wishes)
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Wishes)

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Wishes)

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Chinese Evergreen 'Aglaonema Wishes' (Aglaonema Commutatum) 

You know those optical illusions where you have to decide if the picture is an old crone or a young woman, or whether it’s a vase or two faces? This ‘Wishes’ Chinese Evergreen is the plant kingdom’s answer to those puzzles. It’s obvious that the plant’s leaves are massive—up to 8-12” long and 4” wide—but exactly what color are they? To some, they’re bright, candy-green splashed with huge, random splotches of pure hot pink, as if someone spilled molten cotton candy on them. (You could also say Pepto-Bismol, but we figured cotton candy was a more pleasant mental image, so we went with that.) To others, there’s so much of that pink that these aren’t green leaves with pink blotches—they’re pink leaves with green splotches.

Whichever way you lean, Chinese Evergreen 'Wishes' is a stunning addition to your houseplant collection. Better still, this plant isn’t just another pretty leaf. Like most Aglaonemas, it’s one of the most indestructible, easy-to-care-for plants you could ever hope to find.

Native to the tropical and subtropical jungles of Asia, Aglaonemas are remarkably unfussy about their living conditions. ‘Wishes’ actively dislikes direct sunlight, which can scorch its leaves. But it adores bright to medium indirect light, even if it’s from a fluorescent fixture instead of the sun. That dark-ish corner of your den, or bathroom, or office, or anywhere? Chinese Evergreen 'Wishes' is one of the easiest, pink-iest ways to brighten it up (though the leaves will be a bit greener in low light). It likes the same temperatures as most people (65F or above), has typical fertilizer and watering needs … as long as you keep it away from drafts, it’ll be with you for years.

In fact, we’d suggest this plant deserves a name change. ‘Wishes’ is good. But for us “Wish Come True” would be more accurate.  

Characteristics and traits of a Chinese Evergreen 'Wishes' (Aglaonema Commutatum 'Wishes') 

  • Scientific Name: Aglaonema Commutatum ‘Wishes’
  • Genus: Aglaonema
  • Family: Araceae
  • Common Name: Chinese Evergreen, Philippine Evergreen, Poison Dart Plant
  • Indoor: Temperatures above 65F
  • Outdoor Zones: 10-12
  • Type: Perennial; propagated via root division
  • Mature Height: 3’
  • Mature Width: 3’
  • Plant Height when Shipped: XXXXXX
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Flower: Insignificant, non-ornamental spathe. Prune flower stalks to redirect plant’s energy to leaves
  • Foliage:Wide, rounded-spade-shaped leaves of bright green almost completely obscured by irregular splashes of bright pink. 

Plant Care and Advice for Chinese Evergreen 'Wishes' (Aglaonema 'Wishes') 

  • Grown In: Inside: all zones year round, Outside: zones 10-12
  • Light Requirements: Not picky. Bright indirect to low, even fluorescent, with more light meaning more color.
  • Water Requirements: Prefers moist, but well-drained soil. Let the top inch or two dry between waterings to avoid any chance of root rot.
  • Drought Tolerance: Average
  • Temperature: Likes indoor room temp. 65-85F. If outdoors, bring in when temp falls below 60F.  
  • Air Purification: Excellent remover of pollutants including benzene and formaldehyde
  • Toxicity: Toxic if ingested by dogs, cats, or people. Sap can cause skin irritations and rashes.
  • Fertilizer: Liquid fertilizer at ½ strength monthly during spring or summer.
  • Container Friendly: Yes - with proper drainage
  • Planting: Chinese Evergreen ‘Aglaonema Wishes’ grows slowly and actually likes to be slightly pot-bound (less soil means less chance of root rot), so it only needs to be repotted every 2-3 years. When you do take the repotting plunge, choose a loose soil that will combine moisture retention and drainage, such as a peat-based soil with added sand or perlite, or a bark-based orchid mix. Repotting is also an ideal time to divide the plant into multiple smaller plants, if more are desired.
  • Plant Care: Chinese Evergreen is fairly tolerant of a wide range of conditions, which makes it a strong choice for beginners and difficult locations. Bright indirect light will still bring out the maximum amount of pink in the leaves, but the plant still looks spectacular in medium, even medium-low indirect light, and is especially tolerant of fluorescent light. This fact alone has been tremendously helpful for plant lovers working in offices, hospitals, and other locations where sunlight is often at a premium. As for day-to-day care, Chinese Evergreen ‘Agloanema Wishes’ has fairly basic needs. It likes its roots always damp, but never soggy, so allow the top inch or two of soil to dry out between waterings. It takes little fertilizer, and dislikes the salt that fertilizers can leave behind. General fertilizer offered at half strength once a month during the warm season is plenty. One thing to watch out for is excessive air movement. Chinese Evergreen ‘Wishes’ is sensitive to temperatures below 60 and to low humidity, so keep it away from heating and cooling vents. One thing to add if you really want your ‘Wishes’ to thrive is a bit of extra humidity. This species is accustomed to jungle humidity, so misting it lightly and/or setting it on a drainage tray filled to the top with pebbles and to the almost-top with water will make it feel more at home.
  • Expert Advice: If you start to see brown leaf tips on Aglaonema Commutatum 'Wishes', there’s a fair chance the plant would like either a touch more humidity or a nice “flushing” with distilled water to wash away built-up mineral salts (from fertilizer) or chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride (from tap water) in the soil. By comparison, if the leaves develop dark patches or if the whole leaf turns brown and curls, it’s probably due to cold air. Yellow leaves, on the other hand, are typically a sign of overwatering, underwatering, or a copper deficiency (which can be treated with micronutrient fertilizer—but tweak the watering first). If you spot pests such as mealy bugs, aphids, or red spider mites on your Aglaonema Commutatum 'Wishes', insecticidal soap (in evening, to minimize possible foliage burn) should set things right. Similarly, should your plant contract anthracnose or myrothecium leaf spots (holes, patchy brown spots on leaves), mist lightly with copper fungicide. To avoid the risk of these infections, resist the urge to cut off dying leaves, which leaves an exposed and vulnerable stem wound. Instead, allow spent leaves to shrivel until you can pull them out by hand.  The exception to the no-cut rule is when your Aglaonema Commutatum 'Wishes' starts to grow a flower stalk. Go ahead and prune that bad boy as soon as you recognize it, hopefully before it blooms. The flower stalks of this species are unattractive, and removing them will redirect the plant to spend its energy on leaves instead.

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