Where Does It Come From?
Native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia and New Guinea, all the plants of this genus are native to a humid, shady tropical forest habitat. Growing mostly on the floor under the forest canopy, the plants are used to shady and soggy conditions.
Why Should I Get One?
How Big Can It Grow?
Indoor Chinese Evergreens can grow to a healthy 3-feet high and 3-feet wide. They are relatively slow growers, so even with excellent care and ideal conditions, they can still require a few years to reach their full potential. If you wish to keep your plant small and tidy, regular trimming can help you achieve the size and shape you need.
Where Should I Keep It?
The key ingredients for a healthy Chinese Evergreen are low-light, moist soil and high humidity. As a tropical forest plant, most kinds of Chinese Evergreen thrive in filtered light to partial shade and direct sunlight is almost always too much for them. The main pet-peeve for the Chinese Evergreen is a chill. The plants are fairly easygoing overall but will put their parts on spectacularly if it gets too cold for them. For example, a chill injury can begin to appear on the leaves of your plant if the temperature drops below 15°C. These ‘injuries’ manifest as greasy, dark patches on the foliage and if this occurs, your plant needs moving to somewhere warmer.
Chinese Evergreen plants are poisonous due to the calcium oxalate crystals in their stem and leaves. If ingested they can cause internal irritation and the saps can cause painful rashes on the skin. This said, it is best to keep these plants away from pets and small children.
How Often Should I Water It?
In general, the Chinese Evergreens like it moist. They require an evenly moist soil and prefer high humidity conditions, finding dry air quite hard to tolerate. Water the plant regularly until the soil is moderately moist and then allow a little drying in between waterings. If you go too heavy-handed, you risk root rot and fungal growths, so exercise a little restraint. Applying a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2-3 weeks is beneficial during the spring and summer growing seasons and you can then reduce feeds during the winter.
These lush evergreens are super sweet to look at and really work in areas of the home that other plants don’t enjoy. Perfect for brightening up utility rooms, kitchens and bathrooms; the endless variety of specimens on offer is also a huge plus! With the adequate knowledge and a whole lot of love, these tropical plants can enjoy many happy houseplant years.