Leafy Feathered Indoor Plant
|Botanical Name:||Zamioculcas Zamiifolia|
|Common Name:||ZZ Plant or Zanzibar Gem|
|Light:||Bright indirect light or shade|
|Watering:||Water when the compost is drying out as it stores water.|
|Feeding:||Weak dose of liquid fertiliser monthly in growing season|
|Humidity:||Misting is not required|
Diameter: 50-60 cm
Plant ID: 11475 4view this plant size >
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is an upright, leafy feathered tropical plant from Africa. It’ll bring architectural structure to any room in the house and purify the air.
An attractive, low-maintenance plant Zamioculcas Zamiifolia’s name is often shorted to ZZ plant or the more exotic Zanzibar Gem. It has wide dark green leaves on multiple straight stems that create an unusual feathered effect and reflect light back into the room. With a bit of care Zanzibar Gem will reach 60 cms to a metre tall with little spread, so it’s a good choice for compact rooms or desks, sometimes being mistaken for an artificial plant as its glossy stems resemble glaze coating.
Because its native habitat is the rocky, hot areas of Africa ZZ plant can cope with some neglect and won’t mind if you forget to water it for a month or so. Much like a cactus this clever plant stores water in its stems for periods of drought and is much better off too dry than soggy.
Along with the Cast Iron Plant, ZZ plant is an attractive but extra-tough houseplant suitable for new plant owners and busy families.
How To Water And Feed Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
The ZZ plant needs a good period of time between each watering because damp compost and soggy roots will kill it.
Check the compost each week and when it’s dry down to a knuckle’s length. which could be up to a month dependant on its position, soak it in the sink for a few hours. Leave it to drain to ensure all excess water has escaped.
In spring and summer, a monthly feed of very dilute houseplant fertiliser will encourage new growth. Misting isn’t needed but an occasional gentle hose down in the shower will clear dust from its foliage and help light absorption.
How Much Light Does A Zamioculcas Zamiifolia Need?
The Zanzibar Gem will grow in shade and indirect bright light, so it’s a contender for every room including hallways and corners.
Where Should I Put Zamioculcas Zamiifolia?
Any spot with indirect light away from radiators is good for the Zanzibar Gem. It’ll cope with low light in a hallway or bright indirect light in a bedroom or conservatory. Its upright growth habit makes it an excellent choice for compact spots.