Aglaonemas are fundamental in the houseplant world because of their lush greenery and pop of colors. Here’s a guide on how to care for this pink Aglaonema Lady Valentine with growing tips and frequently asked questions answered at the end.
This colorful plant sits on a long table in my dining room with many other houseplants. Some who see it on social media repeatedly ask “What is the name of the pink one?“.
What is Aglaonema “Lady Valentine”?
There are many pink Aglaonema varieties on the market and this is obviously one. Other common names for this one are Pink Lady Aglaonema, Pink Valentine Agalonema, Pink Valentine Plant, Agalonema Valentine, and Pink Chinese Evergreen.
I’ve heard it called Pink Aglaonema and I usually refer to it as my “Pink Ag”. In my experience over the years, the care for the colorful Aglaonemas is much the same, just like my Aglaonema Siam Aurora.
I already have a plant care guide on Agalonema Care. I wanted to do one specifically on this plant because it’s quite popular and you’re obviously curious about it. This is one stunning foliage plant!
Lady Valentine Aglaonemas are most commonly sold in 6″ grow pots. Also, in 4″ and 8″pots.
Mine is 2 -1/2 years old and is still in the 6″ pot I bought it in. It stands 21″ tall (pot included) x 24″ wide.
Mine has been growing moderately. The lower the light, the slower the growth rate will be.
These are tabletop plants. I’ve seen them used in dish gardens too.
Watch the video below to learn key Aglaonema Lady Valentine care points:
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- Winter Houseplant Care Guide
- Plant Humidity: How I Increase Humidity For Houseplants
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Aglaonema Lady Valentine Care
Learn more about how to care for a Lady Valentine and how it’s similar to other Aglaonemas.
Agalonemas, mainly the dark-leaved and/or greener Chinese Evergreens, are billed as low light plants.
This is where the Lady Valentine differs from some of the other Aglaonmeas known for their tolerance of lower light conditions.
I’ve found that the dark leaf varieties, like my Aglaonema commutatum Emerald Beauty pictured in the photo below, can tolerate lower light much better than this one.
The Pink Agalonema and others that have more color and brightness in their foliage (like my Siam Aurora pictured below) need medium too high light to do and look their best. Bright, indirect light is what they like.
This plant will do fine in high light conditions as long as it’s kept away from windows with the strong sun coming in. It’ll burn in no time flat.
Most importantly regarding light, it doesn’t do well in lower conditions and will lose coloration (turn more green rather than pink), the leaves will be smaller, and the plant will grow slower if at all.
Mine sits on the long table about 6′ from a trio of windows with a south exposure. I live in the Arizona desert where the sun is intense and the sunny days are plentiful.
It likes this spot but I do need to rotate it every month or two so it gets light on all sides.
You may have to move your Lady Valentine to a brighter spot in the winter months so it gets the light it needs. Here are more tips on Winter Houseplant Care.
I water mine when it’s almost dry. Here in the desert during the warm months, it’s every 5-7 days and in winter every 10-14 days.
I really can’t tell you how often to water your Pink Aglaonema because there are many variables that come into play. Here are a few: the pot size, type of soil it’s planted in, the location where it’s growing, and your home’s environment.
Don’t keep your plant too wet or it’ll ultimately succumb to root rot. It’s best if the pot has one or more drainage holes as this allows the excess water to flow out.
This Indoor Plant Watering Guide explains more.
If your home is comfortable for you, it’ll be so for your indoor plants also. Be sure to keep your Aglaonema out of any cold drafts as well as away from air conditioning or heating vents.
Aglaonemas are native to the subtropical and tropical regions in Asia. Despite the fact that they prefer humidity, they’re fairly adaptable. They do just fine in our homes which tend to have dry air.
I live in the Arizona desert and my Lady Valentine Aglaonemas has no brown leaf tips (typically a reaction to dry air).
I have a large, deep kitchen sink with a faucet water filter. Every other time I water my Pink Aglaonema, I take it to the sink, spray the foliage, and leave it in there for an hour or so to temporarily up the ante on the humidity factor. It also helps to keep the foliage clean.
If you think yours look stressed due to lack of humidity, here are a couple of other things you can do. Fill the saucer your plant sits on with pebbles and water. Put it on the pebbles but make sure the drain holes and/or the bottom of the pot aren’t submerged in water.
Misting your plant a few times a week will help too. I like this mister because it’s smaller, easy to hold, and puts out a nice amount of spray.
We have a whole guide on Plant Humidity that might interest you.
Fertilizer / Feeding
Every spring, I give the majority of my houseplants a light application of worm compost with a light layer of compost over that. Easy does it – a 1/4 ” layer of each is enough for a 6″ size houseplant.
It’s strong and breaks down slowly. Read about my Worm Compost/Compost Houseplant Feeding right here.
I give my Aglaonema Lady Valentine a watering with Eleanor’s vf-11 3 – 4 times during the warmer months which are spring, summer, and early fall. Alternately, I feed with liquid kelp or Maxsea 2-3 times. We have a long growing season here in Tucson.
Two times a season may do it for your houseplants. Don’t over-fertilize them because salts can build up and eventually burn the roots of the plant. This will show up as brown spots on the leaves.
Avoid fertilizing a houseplant that is stressed, ie. bone dry or soaking wet.
Soil / Repotting
You want to use potting soil that is peat-based and formulated for indoor plants. I alternate between Happy Frog and Ocean Forest. They’re high quality and have lots of good stuff in them. You can use both for your outdoor container plants too (except succulents).
3 parts potting soil to 1 part pumice or perlite should be fine. Add a bit more to the mix if it still needs lightening up. I also add a few handfuls of coco coir and coco chips when I’m repotting Aglaonemas. I have a lot of plants and a potting room in the garage so don’t worry about adding them if you’re short on space.
Repotting is best done in spring or summer. Early fall is fine if you’re in a warmer climate like me. The faster your plant is growing, the sooner it’ll need repotting.
I’ve done a Guide to Repotting Plants which I think you’ll find helpful, especially if you’re a beginning gardener.
Not much is needed. The main reasons to prune this plant are for propagation or to trim off the occasional lower yellow leaf or spent flower.
This plant tends to flop as it grows. I’ve tied mine up with jute string to keep the stems upright. If the plant is getting too leggy or you want it to grow denser, then can always tip prune off the new growth. Cutting the stems back should force out new growth at the base.
Speaking of a Lady Valentine plant getting leggy, they’re prone to growing long stems over time. It’s the nature of their growth to occasionally lose lower leaves and as more foliage forms at the top, they become a bit top-heavy.
If yours isn’t putting out new growth at the base to cover the stems like mine is, you can prune them off 2-3 of nodes above the soil line to force out new growth.
Just make sure your Pruners Are Clean & Sharp before you do any pruning.
I’ve propagated Aglaonemas by division. My 6″ Siam Aurora that you see right below “light/exposure” and in the video could easily be divided into 2 plants.
If you’ve pruned leggy stems off, you can also try propagation via the stem cutting method. Cut stems that are 4-10″ long and propagate them in a light mix. I take off the majority of lower leaves because they usually die anyway and new growth will eventually emerge.
I’ve rooted Aglaonema stems in water but never got around to planting them in the soil because I gave them away. I’m not sure how they transfer over from water into the soil for the long haul. I’ve heard both yes and no.
I worked in the interior landscaping trade for a few years. On commercial accounts, I saw Agalonemas infested with mealybugs, spider mites, and scale.
Pests can travel from houseplant to houseplant fast and multiply like crazy so make you get them under control as soon as you spot them.
Aglaonemas are considered to be toxic to pets. I consult the ASPCA website for my info on this subject and see in what way the plant is toxic. Here’s more info on this for you.
My kitties pay no attention to my numerous houseplants so it’s not an issue for me.
Oh yes, it does!
It has a spathe-type flower. My Aglaonema Lady Valentine flowered this summer into early fall. The spathe is light green and the spadix (the center part) is white.
I’ve heard that it’s good to remove the flowers because they zap energy from the plant. I leave them on and haven’t found that to be true.
I cut them off (all the way down to the base) when the spathe and spadix are both dead. Maybe I’m missing something but I like to look at them!
Just know that if your plant is growing in lower light conditions, it’s unlikely it’ll flower.
Conclusion / 2 Important Things To Know
This Aglaonema isn’t a low-light plant. It needs bright natural light, a moderate to high exposure, to bring out and keep that beautiful pink foliage.
Occasionally, the lower leaves of this pink Chinese Evergreen will die – it’s the nature of how this plant grows.
As the foliage on top of the stems grows, it can become top-heavy. It can also happen if the plant isn’t getting enough light. You can prune the stems if yours is flopping too much.
I put a stake in my plant and ran jute string around it and the stems to hold the plant more upright.
Pink Aglaonema FAQs
The care for the brightly colored Aglaonemas is pretty much the same. Just remember that they need bright, natural light to bring out and keep the color.
Either by division or the stem cuttings method.
When the roots are growing out of the drainage holes is a good time. I’ve got the tip of 1 root growing out of a drain hole of mine so I’ll probably do it in a year. If your plant is looking stressed, one reason could be that it’s potbound.
Repotting an Ag every 2-4 years is a general rule.
It’s most likely a watering issue – too much or too little.
All Aglaonemas light bright natural light but no exposure to the direct hot sun. The varieties with less color (like my Ag Emerald Beauty and Ag Silver Bay) can tolerate lower light conditions.
Reference the above answer. Even the ones that tolerate lower light conditions will stop growing and become very spindly if the light is too low.
In response to the 1st question, I can’t give you an exact schedule. There are many factors involved. For instance, my new home has a lot of windows and more light than my previous home. I water all my houseplants more often here.
In response to question 2, no. I let mine almost completely dry out before watering again.
Are you ready to get an Aglaonema Lady Valentine? This colorful houseplant is easy to care for and oh so eye-catching!
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