Red Aglaonema

There's a world of pink plants out there...

2020 is the year to ask your plants for a bit more than just green foliage. Interior designers, as well as plenty of plant lovers are getting interested in pink foliage like never before. If this new trend appeals to you, here are a few eye-catching favorites that will fit in with any home decor.

 

Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen

If you want to satisfy your hunger for the color pink, look into the splashy, low maintenance Red Aglaoema plant (pictured). It thrives in low, medium or bright light, making it a beginner gardener's dream! The fabulous broad, upright leaves are splashed with pink, coral and green. Some varieties even have stems that are tinted pink and outlined with red.

Light: Low medium or bright lights. As a basic guide, place plant approximately 1-3 ft. from a north window; 2-10 ft. from an east window or 15-20 ft. from a southern exposure. 

Water: Water once a week or every couple of weeks. Easy to please...

 

Fittonia or Nerve Plant

Fittonia is a delicate beauty that features red, white or pink variegation in its green leaves. The pink tones can be pastel or hot pink but either will satisfy your quest for a pink plant.

Light: Low light. This plant is the perfect pick for a terrarium!

Water: Nerve plants demand regular watering and will wilt quickly. However, they will bounce back once plants get a drink.

 

Earth Star Bromeliad

Although small, this mini bromeliad stands out with its ruffle-edged leaves that are striped in pink or red and radiate outward in a star-like pattern. It's a close relative of a pineapple and much prettier in pink!

Light: Does best in high light. Place plant right up to an east or west windoe or 1 -5 ft. from a south-facing window. The more ligh that you give it, the richer the pink color will be and the more of it you will see.

Water: Regular watering but it is very forgiving if you forget about it once in a while. Treat them like a low maintenance succulent.

 

Bromeliad

The most common bromeliads such as the Aechmea, Neoregalia and Guzmania grow in rosettes of large strappy leaves around a central cup. The green leaves glow against sunset colors such as orange, pink, red, orange or purple. They are long-lasting and extremely low maintenance houseplants.

Light: Bright location... but not in direct sunlight. However, they can tolerate lower light conditions for short lengths of time.

Water: Water plants thoroughly when top two inches of soil is dry. Water the soil weekly during its growing season and reduce water during the winter rest period. Never let the plant sit in standing water. If the light, temperature or humidity levels are high enough, you are able to water through the central 'cup' of the plant.

Reblooming: Bromeliads seldom rebloom on the same stalk. A 'pup' will develop when the 'mother' bloom color begins to fade.

 

Calathea or Prayer Plant 

The delicate Calathea looks good even without flowers! Although there are many lush, green patterned varieties, Calathea ornata or 'Pin Stripe' is a special pink one. It has long and narrow, dark green foliage that is striped in a unique hot pink. Although Calathea, in general, are fussier plants, you won't be sorry that you brought them into your home. Another beauty, Calathea makoyana shows off its dark green leaves feathered with a lighter green that resembles a peacock feather. This plant looks beautiful on tabletops or on low plant stands--anywhere where you can see the foliage's intricate patterning.  

Light: Place in medium to low light. Shield it from direct sun so the leaves won't burn.

Water: Water consistently. Water enough to keep the soil moist but not saturated. It is a bit forgiving if you fail to water it from time to time... but long periods of dryness might encourage brown leaf edges.

 

African Violet

This is an elegant, flowering houseplant that thrives in bright, indirect light. The blooms range from pinks to purples, light lilac and bright white. The prettiest pink flowers can be made from single, cupped petals or ruffled on the edges and look like velvet. They always stand out against the dark green foliage.

Light: To flower, this plant needs plenty of bright, indirect light as the leaves will burn in the direct sun of summer. In winter, they can take the full sun however in summer, only bright indirect light. During Oct. through April, place the m in a sunny east window. May through Sept., place them in a north window or under florescent lighting.

Watering & Humidity: 50% humidity is best. If you don't have this much in your home, you can increase the humidity by grouping plants together and/or placing pots on pebble-filled trays or saucers. When watered from the top, excess water drains down into the pebbles and humidity envelopes the plant.

Fertilizer: African Violets need fertilizer to bloom indoors. Feed them every time you water with a diluted how-nitrogen, high phosphorous, soluble plant food such as Jack's Classic 10-30-20 fertilizer.

Tip: To keep plants shapely, give it a quarter turn every day.

 

Kalanchoe: If you want a real pop of color inside this winter, Kalanchoes would be a popular choice. These easy-care succulents are native to dry areas and have developed thick, fleshy leaves with scalloped edging and clusters of brightly colored, star-shaped flowers. Available in single or double petals.

Light: Bright, sunny location. 

Water: Allow the soil surface to dry out between watering. In winter, water the plants deeply and allow it to dry out completely before watering again. Pour off excess water that collects in saucer to avoid root rot. They make good houseplants because they thrive in winter homes in our area.

Tip: Cooler locations will prolong their blooms. Avoid drafts of hot or cold air can cause blossoms to drop and leaves to yellow.

 

Cyclamen: Stems of pink, red or white flowers float on upright stems above a mound of heart-shaped, dark-green leaves. These houseplants are especially popular during the holidays and cooler months becuase they can bloom for weeks and require little care.

Light: Bright, indirect light.

Water: While blooming, keep root ball damp but never pour water directly on the tubers or root rot might develop. Ideally, water plant from below and quickly pou out any water remaining in the saucer.

Tip: Pinch spent blooms to encourage flower buds to come up.