The Chinese Evergreen 'Diamond Bay' is an unusual plant which boasts lush and beautifully variegated foliage. The large leaves have a soft green centre with darker green edges that meet the paler colour. As reflected in its delicate dappled leaf patterns, this evergreen can be found nestled in the shade of larger plant life in the tropics and sub tropics of South East Asia.
I am one of 21 members of the Chinese Evergreen family. We are all tough, good looking and the perfect combo of striking foliage and low maintenance.
The Diamond Bay is easy to care for and thrives in most light conditions, particularly in lightly shaded spots out of direct sunlight. Be sure to keep the soil moist in summer and to mist and dust the leaves regularly to keep them looking their best. In return, the Diamond Bay is found to help humidify and improve air quality.
Fact: The darker green varieties of aglaonema can grow in near shade, while the variegated varieties require brighter light.
Pets: Keep away from nibbly pets
In the wild I grow beneath the leaf canopy of larger trees and shrubs, so no direct sun reaches my leaves. I like dappled light.
I like to be watered thoroughly in the summer. Mist me often to raise the humidity. During the winter, reduce watering but do not let me dry out completely.
I prefer warm to high temperatures, ideally between 18-23°C but can cope with as low as 15°C.
A wee bit of liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks during growing season is all I need.
My leaves contain insoluble calcium oxalates which are poisonous to pets and children if ingested, so best to keep me away from nibblers.
I won't need much grooming, just remove dead leaves.
Yellowing leaves is what I suffer from most. This can be due to over or under watering. Make sure my soil is moist but not wet and I should be all good.
General Information About Your Plant
I grow wild in the subtropical rainforests of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.