Plant Care Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

4.7 out of 5 (214 experiences)

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

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 commutatum
Aglaonema
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Malay lady, golden evergreen, philippine evergreen, posion dart plant, Aglaonema 'Spitfire', Spitfire, Red Emerald, Aglaonema spitfire, Algaonema 'China Red' and Aglaonema Pink Princess

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 located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Chinese Evergreen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

31% Very Low

Growing Chinese Evergreen in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant Chinese Evergreen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 24th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in dete…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Evergreen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunlight will increase by 29.7% ☀️

January 23rd, 2022

Philadelphia is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to increase by 29.7% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.7 megajoules of energy…

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Light needs for plant Chinese Evergreen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daylight will increase by 0.8 hours 📈

January 23rd, 2022

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 6.7 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 8.9% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.

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 considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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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 your location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Chinese Evergreen has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 125
Chinese Evergreen has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 119
Chinese Evergreen has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 88
Chinese Evergreen has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 22
Chinese Evergreen has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Chinese Evergreen has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 18
Chinese Evergreen has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 11
Chinese Evergreen has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
Mariansoasis avatar
@Mariansoasis
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 366 XP
globe Solana Beach, California
01/23/2022

Beautiful plant that uplifts your day! Occasionally a leaf turns brown but it seems to happen as a new one appears!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Teapott73 avatar
@Teapott73
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 734 XP
12/27/2021

Love, love love this place. Pink Panther can survive many conditions. Doesn’t get upset if I forget to water. Lovely plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Kaylies avatar
@Kaylies
leaf-1 70 Plants
xp 6,383 XP
globe Leawood, Kansas
12/27/2021

One of my fave plants. When I got it, it was in rough shape. With a little TLC it’s thriving

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 54 Plants
xp 6,984 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
12/21/2021

Super fast grower, adjusts to change well, and very forgiving!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Amysplantfam avatar
@Amysplantfam
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 93 XP
globe Olney, Maryland
12/11/2021

Super easy plant, doesn’t ask for much light or water. Honestly almost killed this thing once and it’s now four years later and huge, healthy, and still growing! Perfect beginners plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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@Myleafygreenbabies
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,703 XP
globe San Francisco, California
12/08/2021

I bought mine last year and it has been one of my easiest plants to care for.
I’ve actually forgotten to water it a few times and it kept on thriving. Note: Give it bright indirect light for larger leaves and growth. Keep soil moist but NOT WET!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Voidbugz avatar
@Voidbugz
leaf-1 59 Plants
xp 2,297 XP
globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/20/2021

Not pet friendly! The pink on the leaves is gorgeous

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Kimmiechi avatar
@Kimmiechi
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 195 XP
globe New Orleans, Louisiana
10/15/2021

I love the pink in the leaves, adds color to my room. It gets pretty large so be prepared to get a bigger pot to replant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Cat.heinen avatar
@Cat.heinen
leaf-1 95 Plants
xp 3,563 XP
09/29/2021

Beautiful leaves, gets bushy very fast!

Leslie avatar
@Leslie
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 413 XP
globe Repentigny, Quebec
09/10/2021

Easy to care for
Beautiful large leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Jeannieh avatar
@Jeannieh
leaf-1 29 Plants
xp 2,214 XP
globe Greeley, Colorado
09/04/2021

Says to water these twice a frequently as you should!

Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Cleob1003 avatar
@Cleob1003
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 43 XP
globe Verona, Wisconsin
08/30/2021

will get sunburnt super easily but very big and beautiful. adds good color. fairly inexpensive

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Staci avatar
@Staci
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 115 XP
globe Browns Mills, New Jersey
08/27/2021

Very beautiful plant. Put a bit of olive oil on the leaves to help them stay clean and shiny. Rotate the plant daily

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Soogie avatar
@Soogie
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 87 XP
08/26/2021

if a nick happens to the plant it browns heavily in that area and doesn't really recover l, i recommend keeping it away from cats

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Allieklinger avatar
@Allieklinger
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 481 XP
08/16/2021

I love this plant! It’s large and beautiful to have on my desk. It’s super easy to care for and it seems to be growing fast!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Maliskarly avatar
@Maliskarly
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 629 XP
08/11/2021

very easy!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Tre avatar
@Tre
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 46 XP
08/10/2021

They grow fast

Leo avatar
@Leo
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 630 XP
globe Sebastian, Florida
08/04/2021

We may have been over watering the plant. After some special care it has come back.

Survivor Survivor
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@Plantmawma
leaf-1 50 Plants
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globe Minneapolis, Minnesota
07/29/2021

I’ve had some nasty bugs in this but she’s survived!Sometimes the time the leaves feel too hard/crispy

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Elizabeth avatar
@Elizabeth
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 402 XP
globe San Ramon, California
07/26/2021

Beautiful and can thrive anywhere.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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