Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema Commutatum

Chinese Evergreen – Aglaonema Commutatum – Plant care guide

Chinese or Philippine Evergreen are the common names used for a collection of plants from the Aglaonema genus (Aglaonema vittata,  Aglaonema commutatum, Aglaonema costatum) which are famous house plants amongst new hobbyists as they can tolerate low light conditions very well. While most of the houseplants surely do require a bit of effort in providing appropriate growing conditions (light, temperature, humidity, etc.), growing Chinese evergreens can make even the novice indoor gardener look like an expert. This tropical foliage plant is one of the most durable houseplants anyone can grow, tolerating almost everything you give to them be it poor light, dry air, and sometimes even drought.

Chinese evergreen plants can be found in many different varieties, including plain green, speckled, blotched, variegated, and bright color forms. One of the most popular and sought after is the silver queen which has leaves covered in silver mainly with some small green patches. Although they are tolerant of any growing conditions, following a certain recommended condition helps in better growth. Some of these recommendations include placing them in well-draining soil, preferably a 3 part equal mix of potting soil, perlite, and sand. Chinese evergreen plants thrive in indirect sunlight which usually comes under low to medium lighting conditions. We should make sure that the plant receives somewhat humid conditions as the leaves tend to go yellow if the air gets too dry and also Keep Chinese evergreen plants away from drafts, which may cause browning of the foliage. Chinese evergreen plants enjoy moderate watering, And it’s recommended to allow the topsoil of the plant to dry out between watering as overwatering the plant may lead to root rot.

These can be easily propagated from the cuttings to make new plants. Placing the cuttings in water helps with the rooting process, once the proper root is developed then they can be transferred to a planter filled with moist potting mix. Under proper growing conditions sometimes the old plants produce flowers that resemble peace lilies. To avoid the leaves getting dirty and to limit the accumulation of dust build-up, it is recommended to clean the leaves occasionally by slowly wiping them down with a soft, damp cloth.

These are also called poison dart plant due to the presence of Calcium Oxalate Chrystals in the plant sap and other parts which makes it poisonous for pets and humans. Any contact with leaves or sap may cause skin and eye irritation.
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