Despite its double Z’s this plant is anything but a bore. The Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is a stunning addition to any home and super easy to take care of. With air purifying qualities and its ability to thrive even when neglected, this plant is quickly become one of our favourites.
Also known as: Zanzibar Gem, Welcome Plant
Origin: Zanzibar, Kenya, Eastern Africa
Size: 16cm nursery pot
Temperature: Average warmth is fine of approximately 15-24°C
Light: Natural bright light- no direct sun please! Can tolerate low light so also great for bathrooms or offices.
Watering: Water thoroughly until water leaks through drainage holes and wait until it’s dry to water again. Very drought tolerant – please don’t overwater!
Soil: Most well-draining potting mixes will suffice that contains a high amount of perlite or sand within the mix (you can add more perlite or sand if needed to a mix that is bought). Good drainage holes at the bottom of the pot is essential
Re-Potting: I would re-pot the ZZ plant once a year at the beginning of spring, especially during the first 3 - 5 years - whilst it's growing up.
Fertiliser: Feed once a month starting in late Spring.
Humidity: Doesn’t care!
Propagation: Rhizome division or leaf cuttings.
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How to look after your ZZ Plant
Can tolerate most light conditions except direct full sun. Making it perfect for offices.
Water deeply but allow soil to dry out before watering again. Very drought tolerant.
Isn't fussy but prefers warmer temperatures with slight humidity.
Feed once in a month with a diluted houseplant fertiliser.
History of ZZ Plants
ZZ Plants are native to Southern Africa and can be found in parts across Kenya. First mentioned in a publication in 1829, ZZ Plants were originally called Caladium zamiifolium but the name was changed in 1856 to Zamioculcas before finally settling on Zamioculcas zamiifolia in 1905.
Up until 1996 ZZ Plants were virtually unheard of. It wasn't until Dutch nurseries saw potential in propagating it that it was brought over to Europe and started to be seen in homes and offices all around the world.
According to Feng Shui, ZZ Plants are full of good energy. They represent steady, slow growth and are often referred to as a 'Fortune Plant' or 'Eternity Plant', therefore perfect for your zen palaces or for adding some positive vibes to your office.
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