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How to propagate chinese evergreen plants

Want to take your Chinese Evergreen plant to the next level? Here’s how to propagate chinese evergreen plants – the easiest way!

Chinese Evergreen is the common name for Aglaonema plants.

These are super popular houseplants because they grow big, beautiful, dark green leaves.

I love that these plants stay pretty low to the ground but still get wide and substantial.

Check out my complete Chinese Evergreen plant care guide!

chinese evergreen plant in a pot

Can you propagate Chinese evergreen from stem?

Yes, Chinese Evergreen plants can easily be propagated from stem cuttings.

Can Chinese evergreen be rooted in water?

You can root Chinese evergreen in water. The benefit is that you can easily monitor root growth.

However, I have had trouble moving cuttings rooted in water to soil. They don’t adjust well.

For this reason, I think that it is easier to root Chinese Evergreen cuttings in moist soil. Cover loosely with a plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect!

How long does it take aglaonema to root in water?

It will take 2-3 months for your cutting to root in water.

Where do you cut Chinese evergreens to propagate?

Choose a branch that is healthy with new growth. Aim for a piece at least 6 inches long.

When is the best time to take a Chinese Evergreen cutting?

The best time to take a cutting of your Chinese evergreen plant is spring or early summer. This is growing season and when they will root the fastest.

However, indoor plants can be rooted indoors all year rount.

How long does a Chinese evergreen take to propagate?

It will take 6 to 8 weeks to see roots appear. Once the roots are 2 inches long – 2-3 months – they are ready to move to soil.

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Can you divide Chinese evergreen?

My preferred method of propagating Chinese evergreen plants is via division. This is because these plants put up a couple of new baby shoots a year, filling your pot.

When the pot is too full, gently remove the whole plant from the pot.

You don’t need a knife or anything – the plants will easily separate.

Then, separate the plants into different pots. Give them fresh soil for new nutrients while you are at it!

how to propagate chinese evergreen plants

How to propagate Chinese evergreen

To take a cutting from your Chinese evergreen plant, first identify a healthy branch, preferably with new growth.

Use garden shears to cut a 6-8 inch long segment of the branch off.

Remove lower leaves. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone.

Place in moist soil and cover loosely with a plastic bag.

It should be rooted in place in 2-3 months!

Yield: 1 chinese evergreen cutting

How to propagate a Chinese Evergreen plant

chinese evergreen plant in a pot

Here's how easy it is to take a stem cutting of a chinese evergreen plant.

Active Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Parent plant of Chinese Evergreen
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pot of soil
  • Plastic Bag


  • Scissors or garden shears


  1. Identify a healthy branch ideally with new growth.
  2. Cut a segment of the branch 6-8 inches long off.
  3. Remove any lower leaves that would fall under the soil.
  4. Wet the cut end and dip in rooting hormone.
  5. Place in a pot of moist soil.
  6. Cover loosely with a plastic bag.
  7. Place in indirect sunlight.
  8. Check weekly and water if needed.
  9. Roots will take 2-3 months to fully form.
  10. Once rooted in place, remove the plastic bag and place in indirect light. Enjoy!

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