An exciting innovation to develop in the Office Plant industry in the last decade or so have been new hybrid Agloaonema plants that have beautiful colorful variegation.
There are very few lower light plants that exhibit natural color in their leaves, and some new strains of Agloaonema plants that have come into the market in the last 5 to 10 years have been the most exciting.
These varieties have been around for a while, but in years past it was only one or two. As demand has picked up, we’re seeing more and more choices coming from the nurseries we purchase from in Florida, including the ones shown counterclockwise, starting top left: Etta Rose, Red Siam, and Sparkling Sarah, shown here at the bottom.
These are their common names; all belong to the Aglaonema genus of indoor plants also commonly known as “Chinese Evergreens”. Since these plants are found on the jungle floor in their native tropical environments, they get very little natural light, and as such make great office plants.
They are a bit more expensive, and as a species Ags (our industry nickname for them) don’t grow quickly so they tend to be on the smaller size as far as a floor plant goes. But they can be worth it if you’re looking to add a colorful plant to your office environment that doesn’t require a lot of light, tolerates pests well, doesn’t require a lot of water, and stays short and bushy.