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Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

Chinese Evergreen Plant

Aglaonema Crispum

Chinese Evergreen PlantWhy you may want to grow it: Chinese evergreen is one of the best plants for beginners. This sturdy plant is wonderfully easy to grow and it tolerates just about every indoor condition. While it's one of the toughest plants, it's also beautiful. Most varieties have rich green leaves attractively patterned with silver. It also has cute, calla-lily-like blooms in spots where it gets enough light.    

When young, the Chinese Evergreen is small enough to fit on desks, tabletops, and other surfaces. It's a slow-growing plant, so you can enjoy it without worrying if it will grow out of bounds. Older, larger plants are suited to growing on the floor, in corners, next to furniture, or as an accent piece along a wall. The silvery tones in Chinese Evergreen's leaves let you have some fun choosing pots; the neutral color works with just about every decor color palette and style.

How to care for it: This lovely, low-maintenance, low-light foliage plant, depends on higher light levels for coloration on variegated plants like 'Silver King' and 'Silver Queen'. The all-green varieties require less light.  Native to Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines, Chinese evergreen must be grown in warm temperatures (over 55F); avoid cool drafts which can cause brown spots to develop on the foliage.  A compact plant, it grows 18-36 inches tall.  Let soil dry out between watering; root rot can occur in soggy soil. It doesn't require fertilizer, but will grow best if fertilized once or twice a year (in spring or summer) with a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer such as Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food.  To keep the plant leafy at the base, remove the growing canes in the middle.  Plants allowed to grow canes will eventually form a flower, somewhat like a peace lily.  

Health benefits: They are also good for cleaning the air and ridding it of toxins like toluene and xylene.    

For More Information Check Out Wikipedia: Chinese Evergreen Plant


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