House Plant Care - Chinese Evergreen

House Plant Care - Chinese Evergreen

By Vijay Krishna

House Plant Care - Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen is also known as Aglaonema, and is a highly decorative plant. It is one of the most popular houseplants and there is a wide range of color variations from dark green to silver, and some with hints of red. Aglaonemas are slow-growing plants which can add aesthetics to the indoors and make excellent foliage plants. They have large, narrow, and glossy oval leaves on short stems. Besides all these plants don't like most direct sunlight. It can be kept anywhere in the interiors.

This plant is easy or difficult at the same time to grow. In general, it is easy if you follow one simple rule: the lighter the variegation, the more light it needs. Once you understand how that applies to your aglaonema. Keeping it warm and moist is the number one rule to remember for aglaonema. If you do, you will be rewarded with a long-lasting, stable houseplant that will not outgrow its pot anytime soon.


To Do: For Growth

The variegated varieties require brighter light than 200 foot candles where at 100 foot candles, the darker green varieties of aglaonema can grow. As previously mentioned, do not expose any of the aglaonemas to the sun. Water thoroughly in the summer and maintain moisture to raise the humidity. During the winter, reduce watering but do not let the plant dry out completely. Make sure you maintain the warmth all the time, especially, in winters.


Soil Conditions

A slightly acidic and well-drained potting soil is perfect for aglaonemas. Feed your aglaonema with slow-release pellets or liquid fertilizer during the growing season. As these are slow-growing and will only need repotting every two to three years.