Your Guide To: Red Chinese Evergreen

Everything you need to know to care for this vibrant houseplant.

The Red Chinese evergreen plant is hearty, full, and adds a vibrant pop of color in virtually any space. Lush, red-accented leaves give a dramatic feel to your favorite tablescape without requiring much in the way of day-to-day maintenance. Even if you’ve had difficulty in the past fitting plant care into your busy schedule, you and your Red Chinese evergreen will coexist just fine.

Red Chinese evergreen is visually interesting without becoming a distraction, which makes it a perfect addition to nightstands, side tables, coffee tables, and larger shelf spaces. Since this plant adds volume as well as dimension to your space, it looks best in uncluttered surroundings.

How to Keep a Red Chinese Evergreen Plant Happy

The Red Chinese evergreen plant requires weekly watering, stable growing conditions, and not much else! Despite their name, these plants are native to the tropics and subtropics of Africa, which means they like a little extra dose of humidity when possible.

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How Much Lighting Does a Red Chinese Evergreen Plant Need?

Red Chinese evergreen plants can adapt to a variety of different light settings. Low light, indirect light, and medium-light can all work to help your plant live its best life. The only type of light this plant should stay away from is bright, direct sunlight, which can burn its leaves and detract from the vibrant colors of this plant. Red Chinese evergreens love a bit of shade, so placing it on a corner table away from a window can be ideal.

How Do I know When To Water My Red Chinese Evergreen?

Red Chinese evergreen plants tend to prefer to be on the dry side. As a rule of thumb, these plants need water every week — but you’ll need to monitor the soil to know for sure when it’s time to water. Every few days, test the soil by feeling the top inch or two of dirt with your fingertip (or better yet, take all the guesswork out of watering with a Plant Moisture Indicator from our Accessories shop).

When the top two inches of soil feel dry to the touch, saturate your Red Chinese evergreen plant’s potting soil with water from a small container or watering can. Pour water out slowly, moving in a clockwise motion so that you can evenly water your plant’s roots. Any excess water will drip into the tray at the bottom of your plant. Red Chinese evergreen plants don’t appreciate having their roots sit in water, so remove this water from the tray before returning your plant to its place.

How Do I Use Plant Food for My Red Chinese Evergreen Plant?

Plant food is an important part of fostering healthy new leaves and vibrant coloring as your Red Chinese evergreen plant gets used to its new digs.

For a table-sized Red Chinese evergreen plant in a container that’s between 7 and 8 inches in diameter, insert 4 new plant food spikes (included with your plant purchase) into the soil once a month during the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter, when the plant is experiencing less growth, you can cut back to replacing the plant food once every two months. Plants experience seasons, even when they’re growing indoors

What Is a Red Chinese Evergreen Plant's Ideal Environment?

Red Chinese evergreen plants can benefit from a boost in humidity levels, especially in the winter months when the air is dry. Keep a mister handy to lightly spritz your plant regularly.  Keep the average room temperature in your home between 65 and 80 degrees, and keep your Red Chinese evergreen out of drafty areas for best growth.

Remember to keep your Red Chinese evergreen plant out of reach of young children and pets that might get curious and want to taste it. Red Chinese evergreen plant leaves are considered toxic.

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How Do I Prune and Maintain My Red Chinese Evergreen Plant?

A table-sized Red Chinese evergreen plant can grow to be up to 24 inches tall, so you might want to invest in some pruning shears to prune back old leaves and make room for new growth. Remember to rotate your plant a quarter turn every time you water it to make sure that light is being distributed evenly to each part of the plant — our plant trivet set makes this easy and stylish, too.

How to Address Common Red Chinese Evergreen Plant Issues

The most common issues with Red Chinese evergreen plants are related to over-watering or too much light.

  • Leaves that are wilting or yellowing can indicate an issue with how much water your plant is getting. Check the top two inches of your plant’s soil to see if they’re dry, then adjust your watering routine accordingly. Keep in mind that it’s better to err on the side of watering this plant less often. You can always add more water if you need to, but over-watering is more difficult to correct.
  • Leaves that are dry or curly may be getting scorched by the sun. Move your plant away from its primary light source and prune back damaged leaves to see if it improves.

What to Do If You Still Have Questions

If your Red Chinese evergreen plant doesn’t seem to feel at home in your space, we’re here to help! You can chat with a live Greendigs representative on our website. You can also shoot us an email at [email protected].

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