Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Fascinating ZZ plant


My newest neighbor was graciously showing me around her house when I saw this. She had  recently purchased this healthy specimen of the curious ZZ plant. She has it in a perfect spot. It's in bright indirect light and with minimal attention, it should be living with her for years. 

Although the soil should dry out quite a bit between waterings, it should not be neglected. ZZ's are tolerant of sitting pretty dry for awhile but watering it as soon as it's ready is best. 

This is a fairly new specimen on the houseplant market and has turned out to be very popular. I've seen this often labelled as a Zamioculcus zamifolia. My most trusted source for houseplant information, when I've been unsure is Alfred Byrd Graf's comprehensive "Exotic Plant Manual". His picture of the Zamioculcus zamifolia, an African native, is different and shows a plant similar to this with more yellow showing in its veins.

If I ever find out for sure, I will list this plant's official last name. Even experts don't know all the answers every time but should develop a good sense about their subject. They should also have good and reliable resources when questions come up.

I do believe this is a Zamioculcus because of the bloom I've seen on one. This species does have a reputation for being a very hardy houseplant and I hope your's lives with you for a long time!  

Care Instructions--

  • Bright indirect light, direct morning sun or a touch of direct afternoon sun should be best for it.
  • Water thoroughly when the soil is dry is about 1" (2.5 cm) or more below the soil surface. The ZZ plant pictured here is in a 8" (20 cm) diameter pot and should take about a quart of water when necessary. 
  • In a 6" (15 cm) diameter pot, water with about 1 pint of water, when necessary. 
  • In a 10" (25cm) diameter pot, water with about 2 quarts of water, when necessary. 
  • Fertilize regularly for best growth.  

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