Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen) is an evergreen rhizomes plant. It has large, lance-shaped, waxy, undulate, medium green leaves 8-inch (20cm) long and 4-inch (10cm) wide. Mature plants may produce greenish or white arum-like flower spathes in Summer. Chinese Evergreen is on NASA’s list of air-purifying plants. They are proven to remove Benzene and Formaldehyde toxins present in home environments and help reduce the irritant side-effects to humans. It is toxic to dogs, cats. So keep it away from your pets.
Scientific Name: Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema
Common Names: Aglaonema modestum
How to grow and maintain Aglaonema modestum (Chinese Evergreen):
It thrives best in low to bright light but no direct sunlight. Because direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.
It is easily grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained, peaty potting mixture.
Water your plant regularly, Keep the soil slightly moist during the summer and in the winter the topsoil should be dry out between each watering.
It prefers ideal temperatures of 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees Fahrenheit / 15 degrees Celsius – 21 degrees Celsius. Temperatures below 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit can cause chilling injury to the Aglaonema, which appears 3 – 7 days after the cold exposure as gray, greasy-looking leaf spots.
It can endure less humidity than some other plants, yet it will still appreciate your efforts to improve surrounding humidity levels, either via regular misting or using a pebble tray.
Fertilize once a month from spring through summer with a balanced houseplant fertilizer diluted by half.
Re-pot your plant once every two years during the spring season.
Chinese Evergreen can be easily propagated from stem cuttings and by plant division during spring and summer.
Pests and Diseases:
It has no serious pest or disease issues. Chinese Evergreen is occasionally attacked by aphids, mealybugs, spider mites or scale. Rots may occur if plants are over-watered. Leaves may brown up if plants are grown in very dry air or placed in a drafty area.