Please Identify my Office Plant
Hello! My place of work is cleaning out an office after the previous occupant has retired and I offered to care for the plant, however, I have no clue what it is or how to properly care for it. Could you help me identify this plant please?
You plant is called a Chinese Evergreen plant (aglaonema).
Chinese Evergreen plants are one of the few houseplants with light green and gray in the leaves that can grow in low light. Never place a Chinese Evergreen in the direct sun.
Allow the top 25-30% of the soil of a Chinese Evergreen plant to dry out before watering. When the soil of a Chinese Evergreen Plant stays too wet for a long period of time, the stalks rot and die. If the soil of a Chinese Evergreen plant gets too dry or too wet, yellow leaves develop.
Chinese Evergreen plants do not need much fertilizer. Feed every other month with a basic houseplant food at 1/4 the recommended strength when the plant is actively growing. I think the yellow tips on the leaves of your plant are due to too much plant food or using water that is too salty (never use water that has passed through a softener). If your water has a lot of chlorine or fluoride in, allow it to sit out over night before using it.
You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section the website.
These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants.