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Want A Cool Houseplant? Try Chinese Evergreen

If you’re not really the green thumb but want a houseplant anyway, try Chinese Evergreen. It grows best in a tropical environment (i.e. humid) so a little extra water isn’t going to cause you a world of headaches.

Chinese Evergreen Houseplant

Chinese Evergreen Houseplant

Chinese Evergreen plants love areas with high humidity, partial light, and moist soil. That makes Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema vittata) perfect for people who live in humid tropical climates. Even if they live in a dryer area, Chinese Evergreen is the perfect plant for a large bathroom, decorations in a spa, rainy climates like the Pacific Northwest, or someone who just tends to overwater things. These plants cannot tolerate dry air so be careful to avoid areas with a draft.

Chinese Evergreen plant care isn’t especially difficult. However, it does require some attention. This plant can be grown as a houseplant or in a shady outdoor garden. Wherever grown, the soil around the Chinese Evergreen must be kept evenly moist with a small drying time between watering to avoid fungal problems.

Chinese Evergreen thrives in areas with no frost and partial sunlight. They do not perform well in direct sunlight as moisture is more quickly removed from the environment under these conditions. Areas of the home like the kitchen or bath are perfect for Chinese Evergreen as the evenly moist climate will stimulate growth.

Need an eco-friendly gift for someone? The greenest gift of all is a houseplant like Chinese Evergreen. When you buy a Chinese Evergreen houseplant, you know that your eco-friendly friend will love the gift. It’s beautiful, easy and a constant reminder of the need for a green lifestyle.

More than just the eco-friendly niche, Chinese Evergreen houseplants are great gifts for a wide range of people. Anyone who remains in their home at length will enjoy the touch of nature that Chinese Evergreen provides. As it requires only a fair amount of attention, this will provide homebodies with something fresh to nurture and love. As a garden plant, Chinese Evergreen exists as part of a beautiful landscape for outdoor parties and garden visits. Know someone who keeps their home on the warm side and tends to overwater plants? This is the houseplant for them.

Tall, Dark Green and Mottled Leaves – What Is It?

Ask the Expert: trying to identify a house plant

i have a large house plant appr. 4 ft high. it has beautiful very dark green mottled leaves. Every so often it blooms with a white lily looking flower and also red berry looking seed pod. I am sorry I have no photo.


Chinese Evergreenone variety of a Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Is This Palm Tree Looking Plant Poisonous?

Ask the Expert: What is my plant and is it poisonous?

It looks like a tiny palm tree with various stems.
It is a house plant. Janelle

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Dieffenbachia (Photo From Berneckers) photo from Bernecker’s Nursery

Can I Re-pot a Chinese Evergreen?

Ask the Expert: When is it to late to repot? I have a Chinese Evergreen whos roots are coming through the pot in which I purchased it. Is it too late to repot it now? SLS

What Causes Black Spots On Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)?

Ask the Expert: what makes the leaves have black spots some leaves on my chinese evergreen have black spots on them why is this

Chinese Evergreen Light Requirements

Ask the Expert: Chinese Evergreen light requirement Can my dark green with lighter green Chinese Evergreen take low light or is bright indirect light what they need? SLS


Similar to the Peace Lily, Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen) can thrive in bright light and some low light levels.  The variegated varieties need more light. However, I have found that direct sunlight tends to burn the leaves.  An optimal location would be a bright room with indirect light –  a sunroom or a room with many windows.  Humidity is a key factor in the health of a Chinese Evergreen.  Mist the air surrounding the plant or use a wet pebble method for humidity.   Place pebbles in a shallow container without a drain , then place the potted Chinese Evergreen on top of the pebbles.  Water the pebbles every few days .  This technique will produce a humid condition around the plant.

Houseplants Chase Away the Winter Blues

Peace Lily Spathiphyllum ClevelandiiIt’s easy to keep the growing season going year ’round with the addition of houseplants to your living environment. Not only do they add a sense of life and beauty to a room but houseplants are also beneficial for improving indoor air quality.

Many of the most popular houseplants that we grow are members of the Aroid family, a large class of tropical plants that are acclimated to growing in the dense shade of the world’s rain forests, and this makes them ideally suited to the low light conditions found in most homes and offices. These include:

  • Philodenrons
  • Dieffenbachias
  • Peace Lilies (spathiphyllum)
  • Chinese Evergreens (aglaomena)

As houseplants, each of these species will thrive in indirect light, so long as they are not over watered. Of course, keeping the leaves dusted will allow your plants to utilize the maximum amount of available light.

Houseplant Care

Tree PhilodendronFor the most part, Aroids prefer a potting medium that is kept evenly, but lightly moist, without ever staying too wet or getting too dry. Either of these conditions can result in the death of the plant’s delicate root hairs which absorb water and nutrients from the soil. Remember that a houseplant which is growing in low light will grow more slowly and use less water than one which is situated in a brighter location. A good way to determine when a houseplant needs water is to insert your finger an inch or two into the soil. If the soil is dry as far down as your finger reaches, then it’s time to water again. It’s better to err on the side of dryness rather than keeping the soil too wet, but of course the soil should never be allowed to get so dry that the plant wilts.

Fertilizing Houseplants

Most houseplants will benefit from monthly feedings during the brighter days of the growing season, spring through fall. Use any standard houseplant fertilizer at approximately one-half the recommended strength. This dilution rate will prevent the buildup of salts in the soil, which can be detrimental to a plant’s health. Now is a good time to repot your houseplants into fresh soil, which should be done every couple of years at the beginning of the spring growing cycle.

Houseplant Benefits

Studies have shown that houseplants, particularly aroids, can improve the quality of indoor air by removing carbon dioxide and replenishing the oxygen. Thus, functioning as natural air purifiers as well as room beautifiers, houseplants have earned a vital place in our homes.

Visit or call your local florist today for a wide selection of these interior-enhancing beauties!