Common names: Chinese Evergreen Cherry
Botanical Names: Aglaonema commutatum 'Cherry'
The Chinese Evergreen Cherry is like that "cherry on top," a twist of sweetness that makes this indoor plant a cut above the rest. The Chinese Evergreen Cherry is perfect for a flashy event, a quiet evening, or simply raising your spirits. They are one of the most low-maintenance indoor plants because they require little attention from you! Water them when they are dry, give them medium indirect light (they will even do well with artificial light), and give them some inspiring words from time to time. They do love it!
Green varieties of aglaonemas can tolerate low light, but the colorful and variegated ones will maintain their luster in medium to bright, indirect sunlight. They should never be placed in direct sunlight. They can grow under artificial lighting, making them ideal for offices and interior low-light spaces, but they will lose some of their vibrancy when grown under most grow lights. Learn where to put your plants for the best light!
Water your Aglaonema Cherry as needed in the growing season (spring through summer), and water less frequently in the winter. Chinese Evergreens in lower light areas should be watered less often; indoor plants placed in brighter spots require more frequent watering. These plants don't like having consistently soggy soil, so wait until the top two inches of soil is dry, and then water thoroughly. Never let the roots sit in standing water; ensure the pot has proper drainage.
Aglaonema houseplants prefer to live in temperatures of 60℉ and up. Keep them away from cold drafts, air conditioning, and heating vents as they're cold-sensitive. Provide good air circulation whenever possible; stagnant air can cause many problems like bacterial and fungal issues!
Aglaonema potted plants can tolerate typical household humidity levels. If the tips of the leaves turn brown, it means the air is too dry, and you should increase the humidity with a humidifier. Trays filled with pebbles and water can also help increase the humidity immediately surrounding your plants and group your indoor plants. Learn how to increase the humidity in the air around your indoor plants!
Chinese Evergreen Cherry does require much fertilization, so use a balanced, complete liquid fertilizer diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength, fish/seaweed emulsion, or slow-release fertilizer once or twice in the growing season (spring through summer). Add a layer (1/2") of organic compost to the soil in the spring if you do not plan on fertilizing throughout the growing season. Be sure to water in the compost after you apply it!
Chinese Evergreen Cherry is a slow to moderate grower, and with proper care and environment, can reach mature heights of over 3'+.
Pet Friend or Foe
The Chinese Evergreen Cherry is toxic to pets. Foe!
- Leave the lower browning leaves on the plant until you can pull them out by hand. It will help prevent any unwanted critters from invading the plant.
- When going on vacation, place your Chinese Evergreen Cherry with your other indoor plants in a low-light area. They'll use less water, and the nearby plants will help keep the humidity higher.
- Rotate your aglaonemas 90° (quarter turn) every week, so they'll maintain a well-rounded shape.
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