Zamioculcas zamiifolia or ZZ Plant


ZZ plants are an essential part of any indoor plant collection. Easy-to-care, waterwise, low-light tolerant and very pretty.  They are thick and bulbous at their base, sending out a numerous arcing stems that are adorned with dark-green, glossy leaves that zig-zag up tall, slender stems.  Their stunning and unique foliage give them eye-catching appeal.

LIGHT:  ZZ plants can thrive in low-lit environments as well as in plenty of bright, indirect light.   They are ideal plants if you are wanting to add some greenery to dimly light rooms like offices and hallways.

WATER:  ZZ plants should be watered generously about once a week, when the topsoil is dry to the touch. This is a plant that can tolerate occasional under-watering, but not over-watering.  Too much water will result in the rotting of its stems and rhizomes.

SOIL:  Fast-draining potting mix works best to avoid root rot.  A succulent or cactus potting mix works well too.

FERTILISING:  Fertilising is not absolutely necessary for the ZZ plant, but it can be fed with a weak dose of fertiliser once or twice during the spring & summer months.

ZZ plants have a reputation as slow growers, so they don’t need to be replanted very often. Transplanting up a pot-size once every two to three years is usually all these plants need. When it’s time to re-pot your ZZ plant, you’ll see that its roots actually look like potatoes. These are called rhizomes. They act as efficient water reservoirs, which is why the ZZ plant is such a convenient drought-tolerant houseplant.

(Note: The information provided in this article is based on general guidelines for cultivating ZZ plants. Individual plant care may vary, so always observe your plant’s specific needs and adjust your care accordingly.)


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