Chinese EverGreen Plant Needs TLC

Thank you for any assistance you can provide. The first photo is of the healthy planter that my mother-in-law received following a family funeral. The second photo is what was left after a year in her care. I have taken custody, and would like to nurse the poor little thing back to health. I have no idea what kind of plant I’m starting with, however– can you help? So far, I’ve been following the standard indoor plant rules of low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron., moderate temperature and humidity, and little water, and it hasn’t gotten any worse. It hasn’t been growing any, though, either. What is it and what else should I do? Thanks again.

Hi Abby,

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Your plant is a type of Chinese Evergreen Plant. There are complete care instructions for a Chinese Evergreen Plant in the Popular HousePlant section of the website. First be sure the pot it’s in has drainage holes at the bottom. The pot should be no larger than 6″ deep and 5″-6″ wide. Chinese Evergreen Plants do not like wet feet. Do not water unless at least the top 50% of the soil has dried out. Although this plant can survive in low lightWhen you select “Low Light” a list of the most adaptive plants in our database appears. These plants can live in lighting conditions too low to support any other plants in our database, but will grow faster in medium and high light. Variegation (color) in the leaves is often lost in low light. A plant in low light needs less water and fertilizer than the same plant in better light. Place a low-light plant within 2-3 ft. of a window with a northern exposure, 3-5 ft. of a window with an eastern exposure, 4-10 ft. of a window with a western exposure, and 10-18ft. of a window with a southern exposure. A low light area has between 50-150 ft. candles of light. The best low light house plants are: Chinese Evergreen, Dracaena Janet Craig, Peace Lily, Heart leaf Philodendron., it will be happier in medium indirect light. I would also recommend a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.    . You can read about superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     in the Glossary of the website.

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