Aglaonema, commonly known as Chinese evergreen, is a low maintenance house plant available in several varieties.
Aglaonema is the botanical name, but you may also see this plant sold as the common name Chinese evergreen. Indoors, these plants grow 12-24 inches tall, and almost as wide, with long, lance-shaped leaves.
While you’ll see the most growth from your aglaonema in medium light, many Chinese evergreen can handle low light conditions—some can even do fine in fluorescent lighting, making them great options for office plants! Do avoid direct sunlight for your aglaonema though, as it will burn the foliage.
If you are looking for a plant for a northern window or another low light situation, we recommend choosing a plant that is mostly dark green or shades of green. The more colorful varieties need more light to keep their vibrant pinks, reds, or peaches.
Native to Southeast Asia, aglaonema are tropical or subtropical plants that are used to moist soils and plenty of humidity in nature. While they have adapted well to our home environments, many Chinese evergreen prefer more humidity than our homes naturally provide. To boost the humidity levels, try putting your plant on a pebble tray, use a humidifier, or group your aglaonema with other plants.