Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Family: Araceae

Countries: Africa

This is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  The plant’s botanical name is a bit of a mouthful, so Zamioculcas zamiifolia is more commonly known as the ZZ plant.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a tuberous, evergreen perennial plant with glossy green leaflets, which originates from Africa and other warm countries, where it can be found growing in forests and grasslands.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia can be enjoyed as a versatile houseplant, which thrives when grown in a variety of conditions, from partially shaded, to deeply shaded rooms.  This easy going plant can also cope when grown under artificial light, making it a good choice for offices and basements without windows that use supplementary lightly.   Zamioculcas zamiifolia can thrive, and will grow more rapidly in brighter rooms, that receive bright, but indirect, diffused light.  Avoid placing Zamioculcas zamiifolia in a position that receives harsh, direct or intense sunlight.

The ZZ plant is such an easy going houseplant, it is tolerant of neglect, and doesn’t mind if you forget to water it for a while, indeed in my experience this plant is far happier being under watered rather than over watered.  The tuberous nature of the roots of Zamioculcas zamiifolia, allows the plant to store water, the plant’s attractive, glossy leaves also prevent undue moisture loss and evaporation.  If the tips of your Zamioculcas zamiifolia leaflets become brown, you may need to increase the humidity around your plant, this is easily done by lightly misting the plant’s leaves.

Plant Zamioculcas zamiifolia in peat free compost.  Use a well drained, peat free, gritty compost mix, similar to a cactus compost mix, and plant in a container with sufficient drainage holes. Zamioculcas zamiifolia grow in rather dry conditions in their native environment, plants can rot if they are kept too wet.  If this occurs, cut out and discard the entire rotted part of the plant, and repot the healthy tubers and roots that are supporting healthy looking leaves in fresh, new compost in a clean pot.

Water your Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants less often over winter, when plants prefer to be kept drier.  Re-pot Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants in the spring, when the plants are actively growing.  Feed occasionally, during the growing season.

Minimum temperature 10C (50F).

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