Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema commutatum

Tough-as-nails Chinese evergreen, also known as Philippine evergreen, is an easy-to-grow houseplant that tolerates virtually all indoor growing conditions. (Beginners: This one's for you!) It's also a showstopper, with verdant green leaves splashed with white, silver, pink, or red — depending on the variety. It rarely flowers when grown inside, though. A slow-growing houseplant, it will happily reside on a desktop for many months before outgrowing the space. Large Chinese evergreen plants are perfect accent pieces for empty corners or for pairing with big furniture pieces.

Chinese Evergreen Overview

Genus Name Aglaonema commutatum
Common Name Chinese Evergreen
Plant Type Houseplant, Perennial
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 1 to 3 feet
Foliage Color Gray/Silver
Special Features Low Maintenance
Propagation Division, Stem Cuttings

Chinese Evergreen Care Must-Knows

IIf you're growing Chinese evergreen as a landscape plant, make sure you protect it from frost and intense mid-day sun. However, if you're growing it inside, just about anything goes. It grows well with indirect sunlight or in medium- to low-light conditions. Place this houseplant on a desktop under the glow of fluorescent lights, and it will do just fine.

Chinese evergreen is easy-going about moisture, too. Plant it in an equal mix of potting soil, perlite, and sand that drains easily. Water the plant regularly to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Let it dry out a little between waterings. A Chinese evergreen will grow faster and maintain more vibrant foliage if fertilized once or twice a year with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer.

Keep it in a room at least 55 degrees F (70 to 72 degrees F is best). And keep it away from drafts, which cause the leaves to brown. Wipe off the leaves once in a while to limit dust accumulation. And keep your eyes open for aphids, mealybugs, scale, and spider mites while you're wiping. Your Chinese Evergreen will thank you.

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