Plant Care Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Reviewed by: | Last Updated: 04/20/2022

4.7 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Chinese Evergreen has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Chinese Evergreen has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreens have been growing in homes throughout Asia for centuries as symbols of good fortune. They were introduced to the Western world in 1885. Their ancestors were cultivated starting in the 1930s and became especially successful in Florida, where most foliage plants are now produced. 🤞


Aglaonema modestum

Also known as

Chinese Evergreen, Green-for-ten-thousand-years and Lily of China

How to care for Chinese Evergreen


How often to water your Chinese Evergreen

Water needs for Chinese Evergreen
0.5 cups
every 7

Chinese Evergreen needs 0.5 cups of water every 7 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Chinese Evergreen

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Chinese Evergreen in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese Evergreen: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Chinese Evergreen can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Chinese Evergreen in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Chinese Evergreen

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese Evergreen: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese Evergreen after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese Evergreen is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Native Region
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Growing Outdoors
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 7 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Evergreen has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 8
Chinese Evergreen has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
Chinese Evergreen has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 5
Chinese Evergreen has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
Chinese Evergreen has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Delaine avatar
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 4,346 XP
globe Tuscaloosa, AL

Beautiful, quiet plant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kstie avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 128 XP

I don’t know what I’m doing. Seems to be just a-ok with what I’m doing though.

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP

I love this plant so much, one of my favorites

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 408 XP
globe Wheathampstead, England

Grows big happy leaves all the time which is really lovely. My plant is very very thirsty so I have to water it pretty frequently otherwise it really wilts. A really lovely plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Autummmn avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Justin, TX

I have an aglaonema that was propagated from a plant owned by my great, great grandmother (that original plant is still living, by the way.) It has been knocked off a counter by a rude cat and then laid on the kitchen floor, in a sad, broken pile of soil and bared roots for days, and when I (heartbroken, and certain it was doomed) repotted it, it came back to life without issue. It’s like the dang thing was never assaulted to begin with.

I feel like this plant doesn’t get enough hype. It’s a survivor, a thriver, and perfect for an inept plant owner like me.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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