Chinese evergreen

Chinese evergreen

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.

CHARACTERISTICS:

Chinese evergreen, or aglaonema, is a versatile low light, low growing, durable plant. They are produced in many different varieties. The foliage is either silvery green with some dark green or the reverse, mostly dark green with light green streaks.

Take precautions to keep the plant in temperatures above 55°. Chinese evergreens get a mottled brown spotting on the leaves when they have gotten too cold. The damage is irreversible.

These plants will have stunted new growth and rotten stalks if the soil is kept too moist. The plant will loose lower yellow leaves if the soil is too dry.

PRUNING:

Remove discolored lower leaves. Pull off greenish blooms unless you enjoy their look (Be sure to remove them when they die). We recommend cutting the stalks periodically to keep the plant leafy and full. The center new growth can be pulled out to maintain the stalk's compact growth.
 

How to Care for a Chinese Evergreen

The Chinese Evergreen is a tropical plant that originates in Southeast Asia. They are great plants to have in the home because they are extremely resilient and can adapt to a wide range of living conditions. Chinese Evergreens often have interesting variegated leaf patterns and provide an interesting visual piece for any home.

Instructions

      Pot the Chinese Evergreen in a mixture of peat moss, bark and sand if possible. The plant will grow in almost any soil, but make sure that it is well drained.

      Keep soil slightly dry and water the plant with room temperature or warm water. Overwatering so that the soil is always moist will damage the plant, so water about once a week and check to make sure the soil is not still moist each time you go to water it.

      Provide the plant with moderate to low light. Chinese Evergreens can flourish in extremely low light, but moderate filtered light is best.

      Fertilize with caution. Indoor plants should receive only fertilizer that is diluted to 1/4 strength and anything stronger may burn the plant.

      Keep the plant in a warm temperature, preferably at least 75 degrees with a 10 degree drop at night. Chinese Evergreens are tropical plants and are extremely sensitive to cold temperatures. Temperatures below 55 degrees can severely damage the roots and leaves.

      Remove discolored lower leaves as the plant is growing to allow new growth to flourish. You may also remove the green blooms, either as soon as they appear or at least when they die.

      Keep the plant in humid conditions, although it can tolerate low humidity for stretches of time. If your home has low humidity, mist the plant's leaves with warm water to simulate humidity.

  Scientific Name: Aglaonema species
Common Names: Chinese Evergreen, Painted Drop-Tongue
Light Requirement for Chinese evergreen: Filtered Light to Light Shade
Water Requirement for Chinese evergreen: Evenly Moist
Humidity for Chinese evergreen: Average Home
Temperature for Chinese evergreen: House
Fertilizer for Chinese evergreen: Balanced
Potting Mix for Chinese evergreen: All-Purpose
Propagation of Chinese evergreen: Division, Seed, Stem Cuttings
Decorative Uses for Chinese evergreen: Floor, Table
Care Rating for Chinese evergreen: Very Easy


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