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A favorite interior design plant, the Chinese Evergreen is one of the most used indoor plants. Also known as Aglaonema, the Chinese Evergreen is an easy to care for house plant. Often used in interior landscapes, Chinese Evergreen plants can be maintained for extended periods of time at the lower light levels often found in the home or office environment.

New varieties of Chinese Evergreen plants are introduced quite often. Sometimes these new varieties of Chinese Evergreen are healthy and robust. Sometimes they develop problems and production is ended.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Siam

Chinese Evergreen
Plant 'Siam'

Chinese Evergreen plant care questions?

You can send a plant care question, free of charge, no sign ups required! But before you do, please read this page and further information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. This is important information for your house plant's health and some of the information I may refer you to when you send an email.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Care
Proper Lighting

Chinese Evergreen is a great plant for just about any location except full sun. Full sun, especially through glass, can scorch the exposed leaves. Chinese Evergreen plants will survive in low light but will become thin and leggy. For a nice looking plant, try to provide bright, diffused natural light or some artificial or fluorescent lighting. This plant will do quite well with just artificial lighting. For this reason it is ideal for use in professional office space.

Although generally trouble free, you may encounter a few problems with Chinese Evergreen plant. Chinese Evergreen is prone to stem rot and root rot if over-watered. This is especially true if your Aglaonema plant is in low light. The light your plant receives is the biggest factor in determining the watering of your Chinese Evergreen.

The most common varieties are the Aglaonema Emerald Beauty or Maria, Aglaonema Silver Queen and the Aglaonema Silver Bay. They have a bush-like or clumping growth and, depending on the pot size, can be from 8 inches to 4 feet tall.

Although the Aglaonema modestum is all green, most, if not all, current varieties of Chinese Evergreen are variegated to some extent. The all green Aglaonema modestum is hard to find. Variegated indoor plants need higher light intensity than those with less or no variegation. Typically, the lighter the color of a plant, the higher the light levels it needs to maintain its color and variegation.

Chinese Evergreen Plant - Maria

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen Plant Care
How to Water

In higher light, you can allow the potting mix to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the way out before thoroughly watering your Chinese Evergreen. In a lower light situation, allow soil to dry almost completely between watering. Please read the section on watering for more on the most important part of your Chinese Evergreen plant care.

Other Chinese Evergreen
Plant Care Tips

You can help keep your Chinese Evergreen plant full and bushy by removing some of the new leaves as they appear. Do this by firmly grasping the stem the new leaf grows from and hold the new leaf near its base and gently pull. It should come out entirely and this is preferred. You should not use scissors. Instead, leaves and flowers should be removed completely with no tissue left behind. Wounds on a plant allow for entry of disease and can attract insects.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Silver Queen

Chinese Evergreen
'Silver Queen'

When your Chinese evergreen plant gets leggy and has lost many lower leaves, you can cut your Chinese Evergreen's stalk or stem off above a leaf node to promote some new, healthy growth. Cut a few inches above the soil level and after a time the stem will put out some new shoots from the side of the stalk.

You can root the cutting in moist sand or suitable media, using rooting hormone. If your cutting is quite long, you can cut into pieces of about 3 inches long and root each piece. You can lay it on its side to root or position vertically on one end.

Plant in potting media when the roots are a few inches long. Always start with a small pot, maybe 4 inches in diameter. You can pot up as the roots fill the existing pot. You may need to support cuttings with a small stake until the roots can do the job alone.

Mealy bugs are one of the insect problems that you may have with Chinese Evergreen. An oval shaped, somewhat flattened body and six legs distinguish this insect, although they can appear to have more legs because of their "antennae" and "tails". They also have a fringe around the body. If you need help identifying mealy bugs, here is a good picture for you.

Chinese Evergreen Plant, Jubilee Petite

Chinese Evergreen
Plant 'Jubilee'

A waxy, protective substance covers the body of adults and egg sacs giving them a cottony appearance. Normally they are found in hidden areas, undersides of the leaves or in leaf axils. When the population is out of control, they can look like snow covering your plants. They also excrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which can also attract ants. Keep a watchful eye out for this pest, especially when you first bring a new plant home.

It is a good idea to quarantine any new additions to your houseplant family for a few weeks just to be sure there are not any insects that were not noticed at first. Wash down your new houseplant with a mixture of water and mild dish detergent. I like to add a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to my plant cleaning solution. Apply to top and lower leaf and stem surfaces being careful not to saturate the soil. You can clean by hand or use a spray bottle to apply your plant cleaning solution. I use a sponge saturated with my cleaning solution to wipe the top and lower leaf surfaces. Cleaning of your Chinese Evergreen plant and all houseplants should be a regular part of your houseplant care.

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