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How do you care for a Chinese evergreen plant?

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To care for Chinese evergreen, provide ample shade, water as needed, fertilize once or twice per year, prune it when it grows too large, remove dust, and keep an eye out for pests. Chinese evergreen plants are easy to care for.

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How do you care for a Chinese evergreen plant?
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  1. Provide indirect sunlight

    Chinese evergreen plants should be grown in an area with a moderate to low amount of sunlight. While Chinese evergreens are tolerant of most conditions, they thrive in humid areas with warm temperatures, ideally between 70 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Water moderately

    Give the plant time to dry between watering sessions. Do not water it too little or too much. Too much water causes root rot, and too little causes dehydration.

  3. Fertilize as needed

    Chinese evergreen plants should be fertilized with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer annually or bi-annually.

  4. Prune when necessary

    If the plant grows too much, trim it with pruning shears. Cuttings can easily be saved and propagated in water if desired.

  5. Remove dust

    Wipe the leaves down with a damp cloth, place the plant in the shower, or spray it with a hose when dust builds up. Allow it to air dry afterwards.

  6. Monitor the plant for pests

    Look for common houseplant pests, including mealybugs, aphids, spider mites and scale. Treat the plant as needed.

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