Chinese Evergreen Plant Features
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), is one of the best plants for beginners (or folks too busy to keep most houseplants alive). This sturdy plant is wonderfully easy to grow; it tolerates just about every indoor condition. While it's one of the toughest plants, it's also beautiful. Most varieties have rich green leaves attractively patterned with silver. It also has cute, calla-lily-like blooms in spots where it gets enough light.
Chinese evergreen, when it's young, is small enough to fit on desks, tabletops, and other surfaces. It's a slow-growing plant, so you can enjoy it without worrying if it will grow out of bounds. Older, larger plants are suited to growing on the floor --- in corners, next to furniture, or as an accent piece along a wall. The silvery tones in Chinese evergreen's leaves let you have some fun choosing pots; the neutral color works with just about every decor color palette and style.
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Chinese Evergreen Growing Instructions
You can grow Chinese evergreen just about anywhere in your home --- it tolerates low light well, but also grows well in bright spots. It doesn't even need natural light to thrive --- Chinese evergreen does just fine in offices with fluorescent lighting.
The plant is equally low-care when it comes to water; you can water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist, or water once every few weeks and Chinese evergreen will do equally well. It doesn't require fertilizer, but will grow best if fertilized once or twice a year (in spring or summer) with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer.
Chinese evergreen is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Green, Silver, Variegated
Low water needs
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Chinese Evergreen with these varieties:
Snake plant is the perfect partner for Chinese evergreen. They're both some of the best indoor plants and look beautiful together.
A fellow Plant of Steel, ZZ plant is as tough as they come. Its shiny green foliage complements Chinese evergreen perfectly.
Chinese evergreen has an upright, mounding shape. Contrast it with the vining stems of pothos.
Varieties: Our Favorites
Calypso features shiny green leaves accented with silver highlights. It's a slow-growing, easy-to-care-for houseplant.Exotic Angel , Plants of Steel
Cecilia is an exceptionally beautiful Chinese evergreen that features wide, silvery-green leaves variegated with dark green speckles.Plants of Steel
Aglaonema Emerald Beauty
Emerald Beauty is a stunning variety of Chinese evergreen that offers dark green leaves accented by feather-like markings of silvery gray.Plants of Steel
Aglaonema 'Golden Bay'
Golden Bay Chinese evergreen was developed by the University of Florida and shows off gray-green leaves with a creamy-white center and silvery variegation. It's one of the easiest houseplants to grow.Plants of Steel
'Maria' is a stunning variety of no-fuss Chinese evergreen that offers shiny, dark green leaves that have silvery markings.Exotic Angel , Plants of Steel
You'll love this Chinese evergreen, which offers medium-green leaves that have a broad silver stripe running down the center.Plants of Steel
Aglaonema Queen Juliana
An excellent Chinese evergreen to mix with other varieties in your collection, Queen Juliana shows off mostly green leaves is a cinch to grow.Exotic Angel , Plants of Steel
Aglaonema Red Gold
One of the first Chinese evergreen varieties to have more colorful foliage, Red Gold offers an intriguing blend of red, gold, green, and cream.Exotic Angel , Plants of Steel
A lovely variety, Romeo Chinese evergreen has long, narrow silver leaves marked with dark green.Exotic Angel , Plants of Steel
Aglaonema Silver Bay
One of the most common Chinese evergreen varieties, Silver Bay bears silvery leaves outlined in rich, deep green.Plants of Steel