Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, ZZ Plant
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It is widely used as a house plant because it bears all conditions of cultivation.
It does have pinnate leaves like a palm tree, but they are rounded and it has a thick tuberous stem.
It satisfies demand of interior plant escapers who always look for new plants they can use indoors to provide a different look.
The evergreen leaflets grow in opposing pairs of up to 12 per stem.
It is a low growing plant. The trunk stores moisture in times of drought, which makes Zamia ideal for periscope gardens.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|ZZ Plant, Aroid Palm||Bright yellow to brown or bronze spadix||Midsummer to early autumn||3 to 4 feet||Easy|
Planting and care
It is normally evergreen, but becomes deciduous during drought, surviving drought due to the large potato-like rhizome that stores water until rainfall resumes.
The leaves are pinnate, 40 to 60 cm long, with 6-8 pairs of leaflets 7 to 15 cm long; they are smooth, shiny, and dark green.
The flowers are produced in a small bright yellow to brown or bronze spadix 5 to 7 cm long, partly hidden among the leaf bases; flowering is from mid summer to early autumn.
|Moderate to bright light||Good well-drained potting soil||Medium||Minimum 18 degrees C||Fertilize with a slow release palm food or a diluted household plant food once monthly during the growing season.|
Caring for Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
- Cardboard palm requires enough moisture to keep the trunk fat and healthy. Never let it dry to the point that the trunk and stem are wrinkled or dry.
- Prune off dead leaves as they occur.
- Even though the plant does well in lower light levels, by placing it in brighter light it performs even better.
- Keep the plant away from any hot direct afternoon sun as the plant can burn. A good bright filtered afternoon sun would work well.
Typical uses of Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
Special features: Stemless evergreen plant
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: It makes an excellent container or house plant anywhere.
In temperate regions it is commonly grown as a house plant and, in subtropical areas, as a container or bedding plant outdoors.
Medicinal use: NA
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