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Chinese evergreen

Chinese evergreen

Aglaonema Cutlass

Quick care guide

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    Lighting

    Will cope in low light or normal indirect lighting conditions

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    Watering

    Keep moist during summer but on the drier side during winter

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    Humidity

    Likes humidity so mist regularly

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    Feeding

    In spring and summer feed regularly

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    Temperature

    Above 16c and avoid drafts

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    Pests

    Spider mites, mealy bugs and aphids

About the Chinese evergreen

The Aglaonema Cutlass has beautiful long, variegated green leaves. It originates from the sub tropics and enjoys a humid place in the home which is why it’s a good fit for your bathroom or kitchen but will do well in most of the rooms in your home. I have mine in my living room. It’s good for purifying the air and is easy to care for. It is toxic so keep it away from pets.

Caring for your Chinese evergreen

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    lighting

    The Chinese Evergreen or Aglaonema Cutlass to give it its botanical name will cope well in areas with poor lighting or rooms that are well lit.

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    watering

    Like most plants, don't let the Chinese Evergreen become waterlogged otherwise the roots will rot. Keep moist during the summer. Using soil that's mixed with perlite or sand will help with drainage.

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    humidity

    The Aglaonema Cutlass enjoys humidity so mist regularly or place on top of a saucer of wet stones being careful not to let the plant sit in water.

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    feeding

    Feed during spring and summer months only, once a month should do.

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    temperature

    Normal room temperatures will suit the Chinese Evergreen well. Keep it above 16 degrees centigrade and it will do well.

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    pests

    Like all houseplants, it's good to check the leaves regularly for any pests such as aphids or mealy bugs.

First aid for your Chinese evergreen

Common problems

Leaves have turned yellow

This happened to me and it was likely due to watering pattern. Make sure the plant isn't watered too much. Watering once a week should be enough, less during winter. Always press your finger just below the soil surface to check its moisture levels and feel the weight of the pot to see if it's already holding too much moisture. Remove the dying leaves with a sharp knife or secateurs.

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