University of Maryland Extension

Chinese Evergreen

Text and photo by Ellen Nibali

Aglaonema modestum  

For an easy beginner houseplant, we nominate Chinese evergreen. It provides 8” long waxy undulating leaves on sturdy stalks about 1-2 feet high. It’s grown mainly for the foliage that can be solid green or variegated, but it may flower in late summer or early fall with a pale jack-in-the pulpit type flower followed by long lasting bright red berries.  Chinese evergreen takes moderate to low, never direct, sunlight, and normal room temperature and humidity. For an extra shot of humidity, place the pot on pebbles in a tray of water. With a wider pot, more plants may pop up. Feed monthly when actively growing.


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