Plant Care Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Reviewed by: Kiersten Rankel | 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. 🤞

Taxonomy

Aglaonema modestum
Aglaonema
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

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

How to care for Chinese Evergreen

💦 Water

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
7

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

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 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

💡 FAQs
⭐ 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

Chinese Evergreen is sensitive to dry soil and should be watered frequently. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

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 in your home 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Chinese Evergreen is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


💨 Humidity

Chinese Evergreen doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Chinese Evergreen does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Chinese Evergreen should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Chinese Evergreen to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Chinese Evergreen is native to tropical Asia and New Guinea.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Chinese Evergreen bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Chinese Evergreen is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Evergreen can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-11b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Chinese Evergreen can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant retiring old leaves.

If it seems like there’s a problem, the most likely cause of yellow leaves in Chinese Evergreen is underwatering. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Yellow leaves can less often be caused by overwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Give your plant a good drink and it should perk back up and download Greg to make sure your plant never goes thirsty again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 7 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

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
@@Delaine
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 4,529 XP
globe Tuscaloosa, AL
11/23/2021

Beautiful, quiet plant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Kstie avatar
@Kstie
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 128 XP
08/09/2021

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

Survivor Survivor
@thatgeminibitch avatar
@@thatgeminibitch
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 94 XP
07/12/2021

I love this plant so much, one of my favorites

Fast grower Fast grower
@hattie.patten avatar
@@hattie.patten
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 408 XP
globe Wheathampstead, England
06/04/2021

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
@@autummmn
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 138 XP
globe Justin, TX
05/07/2021

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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