The Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema commutatum, is a beautiful easy-care plant that makes a great option for beginner plant owners and will brighten up any home with its attractive patterned foliage.
They're native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, and were first brought to the Western world in the late 1800s.
Unlike other tropical plants, though, Chinese Evergreens are very hardy and low-maintenance and can handle a little neglect like a champ!
Chinese Evergreens can thrive even in challenging conditions such as dry air and low light, plus they're even quite drought-tolerant, so don't panic if you accidentally miss a watering every now and then.
Never place it in direct sunlight! But they still need indirect light, especially the varieties with light variegation.
Ideally, you should plant yours in a pot with a well-draining soil mix in a spot that's sheltered from harsh sunlight but still gets plenty of indirect light - this will help encourage your plant to flower.
They also like warmer temperatures (preferably not falling below 60 °F or 16 ° C) and will be thankful if given somewhat humid conditions. Exposure to drafts can cause damage to their pretty foliage, so try to keep it away from open windows, air vents or A.C units.
As with many plants which have larger leaves, your Chinese Evergreen can benefit from being cleaned every now and then to help prevent dust buildup. Just take a damp cloth and gently wipe both sides of the leaves. This is also a good way to check up on your plant's condition, so keep an eye out for any unusual markings (such as spots or dried-up leaf edges) or signs of pests.
When given enough light, Chinese Evergreens can produce flowers that look a lot like those of a Peace Lily - they belong to the same Family (Araceae) after all!
These plants can come in a number of different varieties that show vibrant variegation patterns and colors, such as shades of pink, red, creamy-white and light green.