Chinese Evergreens were first introduced in western Europe in 1885. Since then they have been cultivated, bred, and hybridized into a wide range of new and exotic-looking cultivars! The ‘Crete’ is no exception to this.
While some Aglaonemas have strips or creamy splashes marking their foliage, the ‘Crete’ has bright red splashes along with narrow oval-shaped green leaves. In addition to the strange variegation of the leaves the stems are a light pink hue. This plant makes for a dazzling display of colour!
Grow pot size: 12cm
Overall height including grow pot: 25cm
Plant Care Level: Easy
Aglaonema has been grown and cultivated throughout Asia for centuries. It is believed that they bring good luck and fortune, they are often given as gifts. Due to the tolerance and adaptability to most lighting situations they make excellent houseplants.
Chinese Evergreen ‘Crete’ Care tips
Keep away from drafts and heat vents. A sudden change in temperature can cause the Chinese evergreen to decline.
To encourage thicker fuller foliage, gently pop out the flowers once they have emerged. Pinch the flower stem and gently pull upwards. This will remove the flower and encourage more foliage to grow.
Over saturating the soil will cause rotting of the roots and new growth.
The Chinese Evergreen ‘Crete’ Story
Where is it from?
The Aglaonema genus is native to Subtropical and tropical regions of Asia and New Guinea.
Who is the Chinese Evergreen ‘Crete’?
The Chinese Evergreen is a broad leaf tropical houseplant that has become very popular is the past few decades. There adaptability to a wide range of light levels, and variegated foliage have made them very popular. However, the brighter coloured the foliage the more light they will require.
Good For You
Breath Deep: Plants belonging to the Aglaonema genus are known for their air-purifying benefits. They naturally remove small amounts of household pollutants and toxins from there as they naturally cycle CO2 for O2.
Is the Chinese Evergreen ‘Crete’ the right plant for me?
The ‘Crete’ is an excellent and beautiful houseplant to care for. They are relatively easy to maintain and work well with those who like to water and interact with their plants. However, this specific cultivar does require more light. It is also toxic and should be kept away rom small children and pets.
Pet Friendly: No, this is not a pet-friendly plant.
Location Suggestions: Chinese Evergreen are ground-dwelling tropical and subtropical plants, place them close to the floor on a shelf or table to imitate their natural habitat. The compact busy nature makes them excellent for offices and living rooms.