Chinese Evergreen Tips and Care

Chinese Evergreen Tips and Care
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Aglaonema, which is also known as Chinese evergreen, can be grown anywhere in almost any conditions. If you need to give a housewarming gift without having seen the house, this is the perfect plant. Low-light is not a problem, and though it prefers a higher humidity, it will adapt to lower.
Of course it's a myth that there is a completely carefree plant. Aglaonema has a few requirements that need to be kept in mind. Though the soil can almost dry out between waterings, it should not become bone dry, nor should it be moist all the time. It's also important to gently clean the leaves off on a regular basis.

Aglaonema does best in a medium to low light location within a warm room. Don't let the temperature to fall below 60 degrees F. at any time. They make nice plants for the bedroom or the bathroom. Remember to give the plant a month or so when you bring it home before repotting, then use a regular potting soil with a little sand or perlite added. Fertilize mature plants about 3 times a year with a standard fertilizer. Aglaonema are similar to pothos (Devil's Ivy) in that you can root them in water, and even grow them in a small glass vase--adding pretty marbles or stones for accent.

Chinese evergreens come in many varieties now. The variegated are nice. They may flower in the spring and summer and it's best to cut off the flower as it appears so the plant will direct its energy to the foliage. If your plant starts getting leggy you can trim it and it will grow closer to the soil. If you do trim your aglaonema be sure to root it in water and share it with a friend.


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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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