Chinese Evergreen is a low maintenance, silvery green houseplant that cleans the air.
Chinese Evergreen is a silvery green plant that requires little to no maintenance. Bright, almost reflective foliage matches with virtually any decor and lighten any kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom. Known to clean the air of benzene and formaldehyde, Chinese Evergreens also prefer low fluorescent to bright, indirect light. Try to make the most of the eye catching foliage by planting in a colorful container.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 30″-36″
Mature Width: 30″-36″
Classification: Colorful Foliage
Sunlight: Fluorescent to bright indirect
Habit: Compact habit, densely branching, insignificant flower
Flower Color: Green and white
Foliage: Green and silver
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out some between watering
Water Require: If unsure, do not water
Uses: Attractive plant to be featured or in the background of any room in the house, does well with minimal care
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Native to Southeast Asia, Chinese Evergreen is a broad category of more than 50 species with colorful foliage that have found their way into peoples hearts and homes. There are several silvery varieties that are particularly striking for their silver spots and splashes. Although it produces a small, insignificant flower like a peace lily consisting of a spathe and spadix, the foliage continues year round.
This Chinese Evergreen is an easy to care for, low maintenance houseplant that does best if kept away from drafts or vents. The silver-green foliage really makes a statement when planted in a brightly colored pot, and the 6″ containers could be used as a table centerpiece or to brighten a corner of the room. Chinese Evergreen is one type of clean air plant, known for removing benzene and formaldehyde from the air inside your home. The beauty and functionality of the Chinese Evergreen is matched with easy care instructions that follow.
Light Requirement of Chinese Evergreen:
We suggest planting your newly purchased Chinese Evergreen into a container 2″-4″ wider in diameter, and 3″-5″ deeper than the container it is in currently. Use a well draining potting mix, and be sure to disturb the roots when transplanting. We recommend adding a slow release fertilizer to the new potting mix. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the container. Keep in mind that this new potting mix will retain more moisture than the previous container, so watering in the beginning should be less frequent.
Watering Chinese Evergreen:
The Chinese Evergreen should be watered relatively infrequently, as the plants like to dry out some between watering. The easiest way to tell if a plant needs to be watered is by the weight of the container. If the container is very heavy and the foliage is upright, chances are good the plant doesn’t need water, whereas a light container and limp foliage means the plant needs some water. Sometimes, water pours out of the container without being retained by the soil. Soaking the dry soil in a small dish or saucer can be a useful way to solve this problem. It is important not to water the foliage of these plants, or to over-water them as this will lead to leaf damage or plant death. If you’re unsure, it is always better to let the plant go dry instead of drenching it with water. Moisture meters are another easy way to tell if plants need to be watered, and usually come with a guide to indicate what number or level of moisture different plants require.
Fertilizing Chinese Evergreen:
Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. We offer a one year warranty on our plants when you purchase Bio-tone at checkout and use it per label instructions.
Best Growing Soil for Chinese Evergreen:
The best soil for houseplants is a well balanced mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite that dries some between watering but takes a long time to compact. Typically, any reputable potting mix will work well and includes those ingredients. Adding a granular, slow release fertilizer while planting is a good way to help the plant thrive in the transplanting transition.
History and introduction of Chinese Evergreen:
Chinese Evergreens originated in southeast Asia, and have been widely cultivated and hybridized. For centuries, they’ve been given as good luck gifts to new homeowners. Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom was the first place they were introduced to in the west in 1885. This Chinese Evergreen is just one example of a hybrid in a family of plants with foliage that is red, pink, white, silver, and green. The foliage varies by pattern as well; some have spots, stripes or swaths of color. One of the other beautiful features of tropical plants is that they can adorn a porch or shady spot outdoors in the summer, but provide color and personality indoors during the winter. Chinese Evergreens as a group do not tolerate drafts or cool temperatures (below 60 degrees F). They are known worldwide as an excellent low maintenance, low light houseplant.
The scientific name, Aglaonema comes from the Greek words ‘aglos’ and ‘nema’ meaning bright and thread respectively. The common name, Chinese Evergreen, comes from the fact that the Chinese were the first to propagate this sturdy, evergreen shrub before it became worldly popular.