Houseplant of the Week: Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

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Not only are aglaonema plants beautiful, there are very easy to grow, even if you are a novice gardener.

This tropical foliage plant, also known as the Chinese evergreen,  is one of the most durable houseplants you can grow, tolerating poor light, dry air and drought.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make your home hospitable to this lovely plant. So give your Chinese evergreen medium to low light conditions or indirect sunlight. And remember, it’s from the tropics, so if you can make sure that it’s in an area that’s warm and a little humid, it would be very grateful! 

Caring for Your Aglaonema

  • Light: Your Chinese evergreen does well in anything from low to indirect light. The pink veined variety is one of the few pink plants that can tolerate low light.
  • Water: Moderate watering is best. Allow the plant to dry out between waterings as too much liquid can lead to root rot.
  • Fertilizer: Feed older Chinese evergreens a couple of times a year with water-soluble houseplant fertilize.
  • Pests: Chinese evergreens are susceptible to spider mites, scale, mealybugs and aphids. Check the leaves routinely for signs of pests.