Spathonema Aglaonema (Aglaonema Spathonema)

Spathonema Aglaonema Plant Features

There are lots (and lots!) of great Aglaonema hybrids available. Our Plant Hunter was especially intrigued by this one when he found it in 2016 for its unique green-on-green variegated foliage. Each pointed leaf has a dark green edge irregularly surrounding a lighter green center. Occasionally, there may be streaks of white or cream, as well. 

Spathonema is an excellent choice for a desk or tabletop where you can enjoy the artistry of its variegated foliage up close. It tolerates low light better than most houseplants, so you can enjoy it in just about any space. In time, it can grow about 2 feet tall and wide.

We named this selection Spathonema because its leaf shape looks more like a Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) than an Aglaonema.

Buy Spathonema
Buy it online and have it shipped fresh from our farm, direct to your door from our online plant shop. Look for Spathonema in the Trending Tropicals® collection at your favorite retailer. See a list of our in-store and online retailer partners.

Spathonema Aglaonema Growing Instructions

Spathonema Aglaonema Light Needs

Like other Aglaonema varieties, Spathonema grows best in a bright spot, but it tolerates lower light levels. If you can, grow it within 3 feet of an unobstructed south-, east-, or west-facing window (or where it casts a strong shadow most of the day) for best performance. 
Tip: This variegated Aglaonema hybrid does not need sunlight to thrive. It enjoys both natural and artificial light, so you can enjoy it successfully under plant lights or even LED shop lights.


Spathonema Water Needs

Spathonema is an excellent houseplant for beginners because it's really forgiving if you forget to water it. But it grows best when watered regularly. If you grow it traditionally, water as the top half or so of the potting mix dries to the touch.
If you grow it in our Wick & Grow® self-watering system, all you need to do is refill the water reservoir periodically. Your Spathonema will stay watered--but not to much--thanks to the Waterwick®. 


Spathonema Humidity Needs

Spathonema loves above-average relative humidity levels, but it doesn't mind if humidity is in the typical range (40 to 60 percent) in its space. If you're in an environment with particularly dry air (below 35 percent relative humidity), you may want to boost the moisture level by tucking your Spathonema in with other houseplants (they release moisture into the air as they breathe, so they can help humidify each other). Or you can give your plant the spa treatment by placing a small humidifier nearby. 


Spathonema Fertilizer Needs

Because this is a slow-growing houseplant, this variegated Aglaonema doesn't need a lot of fertilizer. You can fertilize as little as once or twice a year in spring and summer, if you wish. If you want your plant to grow faster, you can fertilize more frequently. 
No matter how often you choose to fertilize, be sure to use a product formulated for use on houseplants and never exceed the application directions on the product packaging. 


Pruning Spathonema

You'll find you may not need to prune your plant at all except to remove an leaves that get old. 

Note: This plant may have some natural degree of toxicity and may cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Additionally, exposure to the sap of this plant may cause discomfort to individuals with a sensitivity to it upon contact. Grown for ornamental purposes and not intended for human or animal consumption.

  • Water

    Low water needs

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Indoors: High light

    Indoors: Low light

    Indoors: Medium light

  • Colors



  • Special Features

    Colorful foliage

    Purifies the air

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Spathonema Aglaonema

Global Green Pothos
Global Green Pothos is a similarly low-maintenance houseplant that has a similar green-on-green variegation pattern.

Chameleon ZZ
If you're looking for a no-fuss plant partner, Chameleon ZZ is ideal. It has golden-yellow new growth that complements Spathonema's variegation.