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Plant of the Week:

CHINESE EVERGREEN

If you're looking for a low-light, low maintenance indoor plant that suits just about any décor, take a good look at Chinese evergreen. Chinese Evergreen, or Aglaonema, is one of the best plants for beginners or those with low light conditions. This tough, slow growing plant is easy to grow and tolerates just about every indoor condition. Not only is it one of the toughest plants, it's also beautiful. Most varieties have deep green leaves with bold sliver markings. Its compact size makes it a perfect accent plant indoors.

Chinese Evergreens will tolerate a wide range of light conditions from very low light to bright, but not direct sunlight. Besides adding a decorative element to any space, Chinese Evergreen is also a powerhouse when it comes to cleaning your indoor air. Scientists from NASA have been studying how plants can clean the air on space stations for years, and the results are quite impressive. In some controlled conditions, certain plants were able to remove up to 82 percent of pollutants in the air within 24 hours. Chinese Evergreen is among the top 50 in B.C. Wolverton’s list of houseplants that purify the air. So take a deep breath and look no further than this beautiful, resilient and easy to care for plant.

TIP: How to determine low-light conditions? Ask yourself if you can read a book comfortably without a light on in the location where you are going to set the plant. If you struggle to say yes, then you’ll need to select a plant that will survive in low-light conditions.