Christmas Aglaonema = Luck

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At Christmas, aglaonema (Chinese evergreen, Firecracker) is an alternative to the poinsettia. It is less woody than the poinsettia and doesn’t have flowers; however, it is almost as colorful. Although there are over 40 types of aglaonema, red aglaonema is seen during the Christmas season. Red aglaonema’s foliage lasts longer than the typical poinsettia. 2014 was the first time, I saw aglaonema being sold in nurseries in the Roanoke area. It was even sold in K-mart and Lowes.

Meaning of Aglaonema

Traditionally, aglaonema has been associated with good luck or something auspicious. The whole idea of luck troubles me. I couldn’t find the word “luck’ in the Bible, in Strong’s (2010) Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, or in Zondervan’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2011). Luck is ancient pagan concept. For me to say “Good Luck” to someone is denying that God is in control of their lives and they have to rely on capricious Lady Luck, whoever that is.


Care for Aglaonema

Don’t refuse to purchase and enjoy a plant because superstitious individuals associate the plant with some idea or concept, e.g., luck, triumph, love. Buy it, and praise the Creator for the plant’s beauty. If you purchase an aglaonema, you do not want it to have direct sunlight. Rather, place it 6-10 feet from a window or glass door. It needs only 1-3 hours of indirect sunlight a day. Some nurseries identified that aglaonema were a good plant to place in an internal room, e.g., a bathroom or study because of the plants perchent for low-level lighting.

Water aglaonema when the soil is dry when you touch it with your finger. Never let aglaonema stand in water or dry out completely. Feed the plant about every two weeks to keep it looking optimal. Aglaonema doesn’t tolerate a temperature of less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You can set it out in a shaded area in the summer and in very warm climates plant it outdoors. USDA shows the plant as growing year around only in Florida.

Reflection: Consciously, I have tried to omit the words “good luck” from my vocabulary. Words that I substituted are “best wishes,” and “blessed.” Think about and respond to this blog with Godly hope/wishes to substitute in place of “good luck.”

I love Bible plants along with their symbolism. If you want to learn more about them, read my two books: 1) Rooted in God and 2) God as a Gardener. You can purchase them from my website: Carolyn Roth Ministry at

Copyright: December 27, 2014, Carolyn A. Roth, All rights reserved.



7 responses to “Christmas Aglaonema = Luck

  1. Isaiah 65:11 proves a negative connotation for “Luck”…
    “… you are among those forsaking Jehovah,
    Those forgetting my holy mountain,
    Those setting a table for the god of Good Luck,
    And those filling up cups of mixed wine for the god of Destiny.”

    Not just words, they reveal a mindset of disregard for meaning in our worship of the Wonderful Creator Jehovah.

  2. Caroline Wallace

    Oh, bless you for not falling into the ‘luck bucket’ !! I also some years ago gave up that word for the same, Divinely inclined reasons. People would sometimes say to me ‘you are so lucky..’.and I would counter with, “no ,I am so BLESSED, luck has nothing to do with it!” It is appreciated that you choose to use a Godly approach in your blog.

  3. I agree with you Carolyn , if someone tells me they have had ‘good luck’ I will tell them they have been blessed’. Sometimes I don’t think they understand.


    I’m enjoying your articles and hope to try Solomon’s Crown and Aglaonema. Suggestion: Could you change your address to God’s Gardener or something more recognizable for your blog? I’ve almost deleted it a few times because I don’t recognize it. The last time I was in Israel cyclamen were growing everywhere and they were beautiful. Maybe I’ll make a “wisdom” bed in the spring. Carol

    • Carol, I am so sorry you are inadvertently deleting God as a Gardener. Similar titles are not available; and it is very hard to change a blog name. Thank you for accessing my blog and reading it and for the information about Cyclamen in Israel. Carolyn

  5. Hi,
    I wholeheartedly agree. I, too, have removed “good luck” from my vocabulary and replaced it with blessings or blessed. I like the “best wishes” idea, too. Nothing is left to chance. God has a plan and purpose for our lives-they might not be what we would have chosen, but someday we will see the true outcome of God’s plan.
    Thank you for your posts, I enjoy them and pass them on.

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