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A Chinese Evergreen plant is one of the easiest and best-looking houseplants to have in your home or office. These can be used as upright table plants or, as they get larger, bushy floor plants. All of the many Chinese Evergreen plant varieties have long shiny leathery leaves with unique patterns of green, gray, pink, red, and cream. 

Clean Air Plant

NASA lists the Chinese Evergreen as one of its top ten plants to clean the air of harmful toxins.

Light

Chinese Evergreen plants are probably the only indoor plant with large colorful variegated leaves that can live in low-light conditions. If placed in medium light, these plants do grow more quickly.

Water

Allow the top 25-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. When the soil of a Chinese Evergreen is too wet, the stems become "mushy" and die. When the soil gets too dry or too wet, yellow leaves develop.

Fertilizer

Chinese Evergreen plants need very little plant food. Feed a Chinese Evergreen every other month with a basic houseplant food at 1/4 the recommended strength.

Temperature

Temperatures below 50° may damage the leaves so keep Chinese Evergreen plants away from cold winter drafts and air conditioners.

Humidity

Chinese Evergreen plants prefers regular household humidity or higher.

Flowering

If your Chinese Evergreen plant produces flowers, immediately cut them off. The flowers are not very attractive and use energy that the plant needs to produce its beautiful leaves.

 Pests

A Chinese Evergreen plant is susceptible to Mealy Bugs, Soft Brown Scale, and Aphids.

Diseases

In high humidity, the large leaves of a Chinese Evergreen plant may develop bacterial diseases such as Leaf Spot.

Soil

The best soil is a basic, well-aerated houseplant potting mix that drains quickly.

Pot Size

Keep a Chinese Evergreen in a small pot so that the soil can dry out quickly.

Pruning

If a Chinese Evergreen plant becomes thin and leggy, prune the stems back close to the soil line. The plant will branch out at the bottom of the stem and along the length of the stem.

Propagation

Chinese Evergreen plants are propagated by stem cuttings and plant division. 

Poisonous Plant Info

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children as they can cause skin irritation.