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Friday, May 11, 2007

Chinese Evergreen Care

Common Name: Chinese Evergreen
Scientific Name: Aglaonemas
Lighting: Low to Moderate
Water: Moderate

Chinese Evergreens are durable, dramatic houseplants. They will adapt to a variety of settings within their limits. Chinese Evergreens are slow growing in nature, however when taken care of can last for decades, literally! This houseplant is characterize by large foliage in a variety of silver green and dark green colors as well as variegated. A lot of the more light green / dark green varieties remind me of a Dieffenbachia just more full. Chinese Evergreens, Peace Lily's and Dieffenbachia all belong to the same family, thus the resemblance.

Chinese Evergreens are available in many varieties with new hybrids being developed as we speak. Below is a list of the most common names I was able to find:
Silver Queen
White Rajah
Green Lady
Silver Frost
Black Lance
Green Majesty
Manilla Pride
And lots more!!

Chinese Evergreens prefer moderate to low light levels. They usually do not do well at all in direct sunlight, so beware. A north facing window is usually a safe area to place this houseplant in. This houseplant is also very, very, very touchy to drafts and cold temperatures. Keep temperatures above 60 degrees for best results. Dropping below 55 degrees can be lethal to Aglaonemas. If brown spots begin to appear on the foliage, it may be too cold for the plant.

Aglaonemas do best with moderate watering. Right in the middle! Don't let the soil become soggy, but at the same time, do not allow the soil to dry out in-between watering. If the bottom leaves begin to yellow and fall off, chances are you are under watering the plant.

Overall, Aglaonemas are very nice houseplants to have. Fairly easy to grow, usually not susceptible to pests and is a long lasting variety allowing you to enjoy its beauty for many years to come.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your site needs photos for each plant.

6:40 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


I wish I had more photos, but this is just a hobby and I don't have all of these houseplants at this time and ones I had before I didn't get pictures of.

Plus, I can't afford stock photos.


10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if the leaves grow back on the bottom of the chinese evergreen plant? The leaves turned yellow and fell off, from reading the info. it appears I didn't water it enough. What can I do now? It has a long stem and the leaves are only at the top. I looked closely at the stem and there are little bumps of green appearing, as if something is about to grow again.

11:07 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


New leaves should grow, especially if you are seeing new buds appearing on the stem.


1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Chinese Evergreen looks as if it has about 5 plants in the one pot. I'm not sure if this in one plant of 5 different ones. The leaves look crowded, but the leaves look good. There are also that looks like dew, but they are sticky, on the leaves. Any comments? The plant is by a south facing window and I water it about every other week.

3:36 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


The sticky substance on the foliage may be from a pest. Wipe the foliage down with rubbing alcohol. See if that keeps the sticky substance away.


5:59 AM  
Blogger Alaina said...

the leaves of mine are turning under at the this a sign of overwatering?

1:30 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


Is the foliage yellowing at all? It could be a couple of things. Is the plant near a heat vent or draft?


1:08 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I was recently given a chinese evergreen from my mom, who didn't really know what to do with it. (She got it from my uncle, who also didn't know what to do with it.) So I'm thinking it hasn't gotten a lot of quality care in its little life.

It's really "leggy"--tall stalks with only a few leaves up at the top. (Probably 4 or 5 plants in the pot, the tallest is maybe 8 or 10 inches.) Most of the stalks have a bunch of little green spots that I'm assuming are buds. Since I've never had a chinese evergreen before, I'm not really sure what I need to do to bring this guy back to life.

I'm thinking it needs to be repotted, since the pot is really light and doesn't absorb much water. I've taken to misting the soil, since it's the only way I can think of to give it water without the water running right through it.

A friend of mine suggested cutting the buds (he called them boils, which is what they look like) to prompt the plant to put out new leaves closer to the bottom. Is this a good idea, or is it better to try something else first?

I'm really good with "dummy-proof" plants, like pothos and spider plants, so I'm thinking I can probably revive this guy, too. Do you have any advice for me?

12:33 PM  
Blogger drayas / Logical Mama said...


It was probably reaching for light as well as underwatered. Repotting your plant into some good potting soil will probably do wonders.

In terms of pruning you can cut the stalks. That will help the plant bush out more and not be so lanky.

Keep us posted.

Thanks for reading,

7:53 AM  
Blogger Darin said...

I was recently given a Chinese Evergreen and had no idea how to care for it. This site was helpful. I am afraid my plant got too cold during it's 3 hour transportation to my home in the middle of January in Iowa. Several leaves have brown "damage spots" on them. I am wondering if i need to pull the damaged leaves out... or if the plant will recover from this on its own??

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Tiffany said...

Hi and thanks for your helpful plant blog! My biggest problem is figuring out signs from my plant. My Chinese Evergreen's top leaves are bent down from the stalk/part. Is this something I should be worrying about? Also, a couple leaves' tips are brown and shriveling, causing them to bend down and in. Is this a sign of overwatering? Drafty air?


8:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I didn't know a chinese evergreen was a houseplant and I put it outside in my garden, when it started dieing I repotted it and put it in the shade, last summer it sprouted new growth so I brought it in this winter. Will it make it, it is still alive but in a pitiful state. What conditions should it have to be at peace and grow properly?

1:11 PM  
Blogger magumapod said...

alaonemas are amazing. i've actually rooted a leave with stalk in a glass of water and it eventually grew into a complete plant.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just inherited one of these. It looked in pretty bad shape - bugs, wilted leaves. I rinsed the roots and put it in a new pot of soil. Just wondering - can I put decorative rocks on the top of the soil for my Chinese Evergreen? Will it inhibit the growth of new leaves or harm the plant in anyway? Thank you.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read that the blooms on a Chinese evergreen should be removed either right away, or as soon as they die. Then another site said those blooms turn into red berries. What's the best way to treat them?

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do chinese evergreen plants need fertilization ?

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recieved my Chinese Evergreen as a pert of a flower arrangement. I wanted to keep all of the plants so I potted them individually. I was surprised to find the CE was not a plant but just two leaves. LoL I can't remember how I rooted it but they grew into what is now 3 plants. I have since tried to root the leaves but have had no success. Is rooting hormone a must?

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just received two full chinese evergreen plants. They do like indirect light during the day and no extreme temperatures. I will take a photo to post as soon as I am able. Hopefully they will thrive as this is a first for us with this type plant. Dd~

7:46 AM  
Blogger ena1jones said...

Do you have an email to where I can send a picture and find out which plant I have? I am not sure if my plant is a dumb cane or a Chinese Evergreen. I know they are related. But I have kids so I would like to know for sure which one. Heck I know nothing about plants it could be niether I am just looking at the picture trying to guess.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Mr.Maddox said...

I have a very large chinese evergreen an they broke in hafe. I put them in water was that the right thing to do?

6:40 PM  
Anonymous bri said...

I just repotted my Chinese evergreen because it had been overwatered and the soil wasn't able to dry. Do I need to add water now that it's in a new pot with new soil, or does the root ball need to dry out a bit before watering.

11:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe we could all send you a few to start. How much more ligt does it need in winter.

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does the Chinese evergreen plant drip water from the tip of the leaves-It's lie it's crying.And what are those pod looking things?

1:25 PM  

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