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Ahh, here’s a true beauty for you! Aglaonema Widury, widely known as (Aglaonema) Red Peacock, is easily one of the most pleasing to the eye Aglaonemas you can find out there.
Its shades of green and pinkish to maroon will give a cool, colorful vibe to your living or working space. This is why Red Peacock is an excellent addition to those rooms where contrast is much needed and appreciated. The colorful beauty that is Red Peacock will bring life to any room, no matter how dull and lifeless it may be at first. Now, if you are worried about the adequate maintenance and care routine – I need you to stop doing that right now!
What follows is a detailed description of the proper setting and conditions for keeping Aglaonema Widuri indoors. Hold on tight!
Like most aglaonemas, there are no surprises here with the soil choice for our lovely red peacock.
Aglaonema Widuri is prone to root rot so you need to be careful regarding the soil type choice that you make.
Of course, just like not all food fits our needs (nutrition-wise), the same goes for the plants and the soil type you plant them in.
Now, without further ado, here’s a simple truth for you!
Aglaonema Red Peacock prefers and thrives in loamy soils.
This gives the ideal balance between drainage properties and moisture retention, which is a crucial feature for aglaonema soils.
Namely, bear in mind it is a tropical plant we’re discussing, so accordingly, it likes moisture/humidity.
However, air moisture (humidity) does not equal soil moisture.
This soil has to be wet just enough not to let the R. Peacock wither and shrivel from the lack of moisture.
Still, such soil must, at all cost, allow the excess water to run through the pot.
Otherwise, the excess water would cause root rot and aglaonemas don’t tolerate this well. That is, they don’t tolerate it at all.
If you already have at hand some general-purpose soil mix of not-so-great properties you can easily improve it by adding natural compost or animal manure (chicken, cow).
This is how you can naturally boost the simultaneous water drainage and retention properties of the soil for your Red Peacock.
And, your Peacock will adequately reward you.
Related: Aglaonema Care Guide
Light Requirements for Aglaonema Red Peacock
After soil (and watering schedule), the next most important requirement is light.
To be honest, I am not sure which one is more important – the right light conditions or the right watering schedule.
In any case, I cannot stress enough how important it is to maintain the proper light setting.
Due to the sensitivity of its leaves, Aglaonema Widuri prefers to be kept in bright, yet indirect light.
Direct light exposure is rarely good for aglaonemas so whatever you do, keep them away from the direct light sources, red peacock included.
Instead, choose windowsills that don’t face the sun directly, or at least not for most of the day.
For example, you can try shelves near an east-facing window since these are never fully exposed to direct sunlight. On the contrary, such a spot provides just the right amount of light.
Avoid too shaded spots as well ’cause red peacock aglaonema will need plenty of indirect, bright light.
Watering Schedule for Aglaonema Widuri
OK, I previously mentioned (and, multiple times) that Aglaonemas as a genus are prone to root rot if left sitting in water for too long.
Aglaonema Red Peacock is no different this way.
Leave its roots in water for too long, and be sure that you will soon after say goodbye to it.
I know you’d like me to tell you exactly when (day, time) to water your Red Peacock, but I’m afraid I cannot do that.
What I can do, though, is tell you that you closely monitor your R. Peacock.
When you notice that the top layer of soil is dry (some 2 – 3 in.) then it’s time to water Red Peacock.
If you aren’t sure how much of the soil is dry, there’s a simple check you can run.
Namely, stick your finger in the soil and see how it feels. If it is moist to wet, resist watering for a couple of more days.
Of course, if the soil is dry, you know what to do.
By the way, if you aren’t comfortable with sticking your finger down the soil, you can always use a toothpick.
It’s thin just enough to soak in some water if there is too much of it in the pot.
Naturally, you will have to water more often during the summer months when the Red Peacock aglaonema flowers.
On the other hand, reduce watering in wintertime. Once a week will be just fine.
Temperature Requirements for Aglaonema Red Peacock
To better understand these, there is one fact that you need to know about Red Peacock Aglaonema.
Of course, it’s the origin of this lovely creature.
As is the case with other aglaonemas, the natural habitat of this one too is tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea.
In such a setting Aglaonema Widuri is found shaded, so see the parallel?
This is precisely why you need to always bear its origin in mind when creating the perfect setting for your plant.
Being a subtropical, Aglaonema RP likes and thrives in hot climates.
Accordingly, the best temperature range for it is some 68 – 86°F (20 – 30°C).
As long as you stay within this range, the plant will be more than fine.
What you must avoid is going below or above these limits, especially if we’re talking long-term exposure.
To be honest, going below the range is more dangerous than exposing it to elevated temperatures.
At all costs, make sure to avoid keeping it at 60°F (15°C) or lower.
It will hardly recover from that.
Somehow, we rarely pay attention to this step, not realizing it could pretty much affect the overall condition of the plant.
Imagine you live in Miami and then you move to Alaska.
Now, imagine this (sub)tropical plant in the same situation.
It is used to heat and high humidity.
Accordingly, you need to imitate these if you want your Aglaonema Widuri to thrive.
If you live in a drier climate, with low humidity levels, you need to work on that, my friend!
Spray the plant with water, wipe the leaves with rug soaked in water (and clean it in the process), mist it every now and then.
All of these will greatly improve the humidity conditions.
Still, if you can’t be bothered or you simply don’t have the time, then you can always go for a humidifier and regulate the humidity like this.
Piece of cake!
Here’s why I particularly like my Red Peacock.
No fertilizer is required.
Seriously, you can just forget about it.
Aglaonema Red Peacock will do just fine with no fertilizer whatsoever.
However, if you do like to have more lush flowers and more of them in numbers, then a little fertilizer will be a welcoming addition.
The ideal time to fertilize is spring and summer, that is before the new leaves appear and when they are there already.
For this purpose, you can try a general-purpose fertilizer that you have at hand.
Just follow the instruction on the package on how to use it and what is the right amount.
Never use more than prescribed, since this can severy damage the plant by causing burns on the roots and stem.
Even better, if you decide to fertilize A. Red Peacock, know that less is more!
Pruning Aglaonema Red Peacock
By the way, did you know that NASA listed our darling Red Peacock as one of the best air-purifying plants?
Well, now you do!
When it comes to pruning this natural air cleanser, this is like the most effortless task you needed.
Practically, you don’t have to dedicate any amount of time to precaution or something.
Just when you notice some yellowing or sickly leaves, you’ll know what to do.
Also, some of the new growth can sometimes turn yellow, so just remove these with clean scissors.
Like I said – no special effort!
Practically, you’ll notice if there are any issues when watering, for example, so just take a minute or two to remove the dead/dry leaves and you’re good to go.
Minimum effort, I told ya!
Repotting Aglaonema Red Peacock
Repotting a plant is an important step in the life cycle of any plant.
The same goes for our lovely red peacock.
Namely, there comes a time when the root system (that you can’t see) has nowhere else to go.
The problem is not spatial as much as functional.
In such conditions, your ARP has no more nutrients to take, which, I think we can all agree, is a bigger problem.
This is why you have to bear in mind that you will have to repot Red Peacock into a new bigger pot.
Luckily, it’s a slow grower we are dealing with. Accordingly, you can safely repot A. Widuri every two years without worrying it will stay without nutrients.
And, with this, I believe I confirmed the thesis that A. Widuri (AKA Red Peacock) is a low-maintenance plant.
Naturally, each time you repot it you will have to choose a pot one size up so the roots can develop too and absorb the much-required nutrients in the process.
Propagation Methods for Red Peacock Aglaonema
I know that ARP’s color contrast makes you wanna put this cutie at every corner, every table, every windowsill of your home.
Don’t get carried away, though; always make sure to choose a spot that doesn’t yield too much exposure.
Now, to quench your ever-lasting desire for propagating A. Red Peacock, let me tell you this.
You can propagate it in three different ways.
1. Propagating Aglaonema Red Peacock from Seeds
First of all, let me tell you that this is one of the least popular and one of the slowest ways to propagate Red Peacock.
The reason is simple – the seeds take time to germinate and develop and with other methods, this process is already finished.
Still, should you opt for this one, this is how you do it.
First, you must take the seeds, fresh ones, from the base of the mature flowers.
Pay attention that the flower wasn’t damaged in any way, cause you want to get as healthier a plant as possible.
Then, wash these seeds in acidic water and let them dry a bit. After this, prepare the soil bedding. Mark that coco-peat mix or soil mix specifically made for seed germination is the best soil choice here.
Sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil and cover lightly with another layer of soil.
The ideal setting to keep seeds prepared for propagation in the way such as above is indirect sunlight and temperature above the normal room temperature.
And, when I said that the process is slow, this is what I meant.
If kept in the right conditions (as I’ve just described), the germination process shall be over in some 45 to 60 days.
If you have that much patience, lucky you!
2. Propagation Through Stem Cuttings
And, now we get to one of the preferred propagation methods.
Or, the most preferred one.
This reproduction method includes cutting new offshoots with at least five leaves on them
Another option is to cut the stem from the old plant.
In both of these cases, your next step is to place the offshoot or stem in the soil you already use to grow Red Peacock Aglaonema.
The alternative soil choice is the coco-peat mix (why, of course).
Here I need to draw your attention to the fact that the tool you use to make the cut has to be absolutely clean.
You don’t want to pass some infection onto the newly formed plant and have it struggle with some disease before it got the chance to grow normally.
Now, assuming you’ve done all of the previous steps right, your next task is to provide the perfect setting for Aglaonema Red Peacock new plant.
To begin with, keep at a temperature that is just slightly below room temperature (or equal) and give it plenty of bright but indirect light.
The new growth should be visible from the cutting in some 25 to 45 days.
Not so bad.
Not bad at all.
3. Propagation by Root Division
This is another reproduction method with a rather high success rate.
More importantly, it is easy to perform.
All you gotta do is take the mother plant and split its roots to make another beautiful Aglaonema Red Peacock.
After you separate them, place this new plant in the new container and keep it in the same conditions as the mother plant. Loamy soil, temperature around room temperature and higher, plenty of humidity, and lots of indirect light.
When kept at these, your new plant should start growing its own root system in some five to ten days.
Yup, that quickly!
So, yeah, as you can see, there are three methods to propagate Red Peacock and you are free to choose whichever you like best.
Common Problems with Red Peacock Aglaonema
I’d really love to tell you there are no problems with the care routine for our red-green beauty.
I really would.
However, I can’t do that.
Luckily, being a low-maintenance plant ideal for plant-growing beginners, all the issues you can come across are easy to deal with.
Typically, care issues and problems have two sources, both of them external.
The first group of issues arises from inadequate care. Easy, though.
I’m not saying it’s you. Even if you are, I know you are not doing it on purpose.
On the other hand, the second group of issues comes from the small teeny tiny pests that you’d simply strangle!
If only you could, of course.
Let’s check these out one by one.
The most pressing issue I’d like to mention here is the infamous root rot.
All Aglaonemas, RP included, are prone to root rot.
The main cause for root rot is overwatering and letting the plant sit in a soaking wet pot for too long.
The first indicators of the problem are the yellowing leaves with brown spots.
As soon as you notice these, check the soil – top two inches plus the tray. Even if the topsoil layer is dry, but the pot is wet or filled with water, pour the water out and skip watering until you notice the soil has dried.
When you start watering again, don’t overwater again thinking that you need to compensate for the dry spell.
Just maintain a regular watering schedule which means – add just enough water so the soil is slightly moist.
You can’t fight these.
Actually, you can fight them, but you can’t avoid them.
That is, your plant cannot.
Sooner or later you will have to deal with mealybugs, spider mites, or similar pests that can highly affect the overall well-being of the plant if not dealt with on time.
The best thing I can recommend here is to transfer the plant into fresh soil. Naturally, wash the plant first.
Another thing you can do is kill the pests with pesticides.
If the infection is severe, don’t make the mistake of using a quantity that is higher than prescribed on the package.
Besides killing the pests, this might affect the plant health so stick to the instructions.
I believe I already answered the majority of your questions related to the proper care for Aglaonema Widuri (Red Peacock).
However, it can’t hurt to repeat some of them and to give answers to some other most frequently asked questions regarding the Red Peacock care tips.
1. Can I Grow Red Peacock Indoors?
Yeah, I see why the confusion. You might be taken aback due to its (sub)tropical origins. However, Red Peacock Aglaonema is very easily grown indoors, as I have just explained. Just give it the right setting and conditions and it will reward you with its lush shades of red and green.
2. Why Are the Leaves on My Red Peacock Yellow?
The most frequent answer to this question is because you are overwatering it. Too much water never did any good to Aglaonemas in general, so accordingly, your lovely red peacock will also like less water. I already explained the watering schedule so stick to this one and mist the plant every now and then to give it proper air humidity.
3. How Big Can Red Peacock Grow?
Yeah, if you have space limitations, this is a very valid point. Luckily, ARP grows neither too wide nor too high. This is why it is ideal for keeping in small spaces. The highest high it reaches is some five to nine inches. As for the width, 4 to 8 is what you can expect.
4. Is Aglaonema Red Peacock Toxic to Pets?
I’m afraid it is! Though, if your pets ingest it in small quantities, it’s not that big a deal. You will, most likely, observe some drooling and vomiting. If, however, your pets consume the entire foliage, make sure to take them to a vet. Like, immediately!
5. Is Aglaonema Expensive?
Actually, no. Depending on the shop, you can find it at the price of 10 USD already. In any case, the price may slightly vary, so ask around, google it, see what suits you best.
And, with this, we said all the important things regarding the proper care tips for Aglaonema Widuri (Red Peacock Aglaonema).
If you have one already and it is struggling, follow these tips to make it recover faster.
And, if it is a stunning and healthy beauty already, send us photos so we can admire it together.
Also, feel free to share if you have any additional hacks and tricks to add.
Till next time,