Plant Care Chinese Evergreen

Chinese Evergreen

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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

Golden Evergreen, Philippine Evergreen and Posion Dart Plant

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?

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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.

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💡 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!

Benefits of Growing Chinese Evergreen →

Common Chinese Evergreen Problems →


💦 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.

Chinese Evergreen Water Frequency →

Chinese Evergreen Root Rot →


☀️ 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 🏡.

Chinese Evergreen Light Requirements →

Chinese Evergreen Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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.

Chinese Evergreen Toxicity to Dogs →

Chinese Evergreen Toxicity to Humans →


💨 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.

Chinese Evergreen Humidity Needs →


🪴 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Chinese Evergreen →


💩 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Chinese Evergreen →


❄️ 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.

How and When to Prune Chinese Evergreen →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Chinese Evergreen can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Chinese Evergreen Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 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 Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 134
Chinese Evergreen has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 129
Chinese Evergreen has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 96
Chinese Evergreen has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 25
Chinese Evergreen has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Chinese Evergreen has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 13
Chinese Evergreen has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 11
@TaylorMdeBloomz avatar
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leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 4,203 XP
03/24/2022

This plant is a slow grower to me. No real issues but I wish it would grow for me.

Survivor Survivor
@Agatha avatar
@@Agatha
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP
03/20/2022

Not the most straightforward at first!
My first two plants got severe root rot - which I since learned they are easily prone to.
I am trying to save them by propagation. One took off, other still needs time.
When they are doing well they are some of the most rewarding and lush plants to keep, just maybe save them for when you have a good handle on the easier plants and have your basics down with soil, pots, and root health!

@Agatha avatar
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leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP
03/20/2022

Amazing beautiful plants, took one star down bc they’re not the most straightforward for beginners. Plus Greg’s advice on these to water them often is off, which doesn’t help!
They are VERY prone to root rot.
Mine have finally taken off now that they are in terracotta pots with an aerated mix, I water regularly and let dry in between.

@daniellemathias avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 312 XP
03/15/2022

Super easy to take care of! Would definitely suggest for someone’s first plant :)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@ReallyElkweed avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Chicago, IL
02/28/2022

This was a piece taken from a larger plant. I’m trying to get the roots to start growing so I can repot it. Any advice on what size container or anything else I should be doing?

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@hailey.jaynes avatar
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leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 643 XP
02/18/2022

Chinese evergreens a very low light tolerant and grow very quickly when given proper lightning. Gorgeous leaves, easy to care for. Beautiful plant!

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globe Goldsboro, NC
02/08/2022

I received this from my church when my step mother died. I thought it was a peace Lily. I have never had plants before and didn’t know the difference until I got this app 😆. This plant has been so easy to care for and has brought me so much joy.

Fast grower Fast grower
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@madisonvb avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Charleston, SC
02/04/2022

DO NOT put it in direct light or even bright indirect

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@AMG avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Phoenix, AZ
01/25/2022

Grows even in low light but will push out bigger leaves if placed in medium indirect lighting.
Well draining potting mix.
Let it completely dry

Fast grower Fast grower
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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@MariansOasis avatar
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leaf-1 96 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/23/2022

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

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@KaylieS avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
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
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@BJoyce avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Orlando, FL
12/21/2021

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

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leaf-1 8 Plants
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globe Olney, MD
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
@DanDeLión avatar
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globe San Francisco, CA
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!

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@tessalou avatar
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globe Withcott, Queensland
11/23/2021

Lovely green and pink leaves. I put mine in the bathroom.

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@voidbugz avatar
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leaf-1 40 Plants
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globe Minneapolis, MN
11/20/2021

Not pet friendly! The pink on the leaves is gorgeous

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globe New Orleans, LA
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
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@cat.heinen avatar
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leaf-1 107 Plants
xp 4,160 XP
09/29/2021

Beautiful leaves, gets bushy very fast!

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globe Repentigny, Quebec
09/10/2021

Easy to care for
Beautiful large leaves

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@jeannieh avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Greeley, CO
09/04/2021

Says to water these twice a frequently as you should!

Survivor Survivor
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