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One of the most commonly used interior landscape plants is the Chinese Evergreen or Aglaonema. Easy to care for, it can be maintained at the lower light levels often found in the home or office environment.

Chinese Evergreen house plants

Chinese Evergreen Plant
Emerald Beauty (Maria)

New varieties of this house plant are introduced quite frequently. Sometimes these new varieties of Chinese Evergreen are healthy and robust and sometimes they develop problems and production is ended.

There are many varieties of Chinese Evergreen plants and it can be hard to keep up with them all. Let me just say, that along with dracaena plants, Chinese Evergreen is one of the work horses of the interior landscape industry.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Care Questions?

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Before you send a question, 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. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I may refer you to if you send an email.

Lighting for Chinese Evergreen Plant

This is a great house plant for just about any location except full sun. Full sun, especially through glass, will scorch the exposed leaves. Chinese Evergreen plants will survive in low light but will become thin and leggy.

To keep your Chinese Evergreen plant looking as nice as possible, try to provide bright, diffused natural light or some artificial fluorescent lighting or grow lighting. The Chinese Evergreen plant will do quite well with just artificial lighting. For this reason, the Chinese Evergreen is ideal for use in professional office space.

The most common Chinese Evergreen plant 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.

Almost all varieties of Chinese Evergreen are variegated to some extent. Variegated types need more light than those with less 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, Jubilee Petite

Chinese Evergreen
Jubilee Petite

Temperatures for Chinese Evergreen should not be allowed to drop below 60°F. They are NOT cold tolerant plants.

To keep your Chinese Evergreen plant full and bushy, remove 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.

Do not use scissors. Leaves, stems etc. should be removed completely with no "stump" left behind. Wounds on a plant allow for entry of disease and can attract insects. Remove flowers or bracts in the same way.

Watering Chinese Evergreen Plants

If your chinese evergreen is in high light, you can allow the potting mix to dry down 1/2 to 3/4 of the way out before watering thoroughly. 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 plant care.

Other Plant Care for Chinese Evergreen

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

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". If you are not sure what they look like, here is a picture I found of mealy bugs.

They also have a fringe around the body. 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. They also excrete a sticky substance called honeydew. Keep an eye out for this pest, especially when you first bring a new plant home from the store or nursery.

It is a good idea to treat any new additions to your plant family for a week or two with a spray mixture of water and rubbing alcohol followed with a wash down with mild liquid dish soap and water. Treat until run off, let dry then apply the second wash. You must be sure to hit the undersides of the leaves and the stems also. Never apply with the plant in the sun or when the soil is dry. Twice a week for two weeks and your plant should be safe.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Siam

Chinese Evergreen "Siam"

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

You can root the cutting in moist sand, using rooting hormone. Plant in potting media when the roots are a few inches long. You may need to support cutting with a small stake until the roots can do the job alone.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your indoor tropical house plants and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site PlantAndFlowerInfo.com.

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