How to propagate: Aglaonema (Chinese evergreen)

The Aglaonema is a perfect bathroom plant. They love a humid environment and like to be positioned in dark places. Taking care of the Aglaonema is not standard. You need to get to know the plant, so you don't have to worry about anything.

You can recognize an Aglaonema, just like the Calathea and Maranta, by her remarkable leaf drawings.

An Aglaonema can be propagated by tearing the plant into several plants. It can certainly feel a bit strange when you try to seperate the plant for the first time. We recommend to have some tools nearby.


  • Aglaonema
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Old towel
  • Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating an Aglaonema in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you are might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Dig out the plant

Lay down an old towel.

Remove the Algaonema from the pot. Shake the plant above the pot to loosen the old soil. Remove as much soil around the roots as possible.

Step 3: Cut off a pup

Before you start tearing the mother plant, it is wise to consider how many cuttings you would like to divide the plant into. Keep in mind that the cuttings have their own roots.

Then carefully tear the mother plant apart.

Isn’t tearing easy? Its best to get the knife and cut the root ball apart, instead of breaking the roots with your hands.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Place the cutting in a pot with fresh potting soil. Pour a little water around the cutting, so that the soil is slightly moist.

After about a month the roots will have recovered and growth may be visible. Although this does not have to be the case. Especially when it’s winter, growth may not occur for a while. Be careful with too much watering to prevent root rot.

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