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Zamioculcas is a beautiful houseplant native to tropical Africa, easy to grow and decorative.
In summary, what you need to know:
Last name : Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Family : Araceae
Type : Houseplant
Height : 0.5 to 1 m indoors
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Soil
Foliage : Persistent
Maintenance, repotting, watering or even exposure, are all small steps that will make your zamioculcas even more beautiful.
Planting and repotting zamioculcas
Upon purchase, if the pot is too small, feel free to repot the plant so that it can develop properly.
Then, every 2 to 3 years and preferably in the spring, repot your zamioculcas in a pot with a slightly larger diameter.
- The roots of the zamioculcas hate too much water.
Make sure that the pot is well drilled at the bottom and improve drainage by putting at the bottom of the pot a bed of gravel or clay balls to facilitate the flow of water.
- A good soil is necessary.
The plant, when it lives indoors, needs soil because it alone will provide it with the nutrients it needs.
- When repotting, you can divide the tuft in 2 in order to multiply your plant but also to regenerate the plant.
The best place to install your zamioculcas is near a window which properly lets light through but without direct sun.
We also see zamioculcas behaving very well with not enough light.
- It dreads too much sun and even tolerates partial shade outdoors.
- Absolutely avoid the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator as this tropical plant needs humidity.
In summer, you can put the ZZ plant outside during the milder month, from May to October.
Watering the zamioculcas
Watering regular but moderate is necessary, preferably with a non-hard water.
In spring and summer:
Keep the potting soil moist and old until the water flows properly.
Add liquid green plant fertilizer every 8 to 15 days or so during this growing period
- Regularly spray the foliage with preferably non-hard water.
In autumn and winter:
Reduce watering so that you wait until the soil is dry on the surface between 2 waterings.
- Stop adding fertilizer.
Diseases of zamioculcas
If the stems and leaves turn yellow or tend to soften markedly, this is probably a excess watering.
Good light is necessary, otherwise you will see very long stems go get the light.
Finally, on the parasite side, the zamioculcas is sensitive to mealybug attacks.
- Find our advice on fighting zamioculcas mealybugs
Good to know about zamioculcas
A wonderful houseplant, the zamioculcas takes its ZZ plant name from its Latin name ...
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Photo credit Smart gardening (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Zamioculcas in pot © Erik van Lokven & Elize Eveleens / Bloemenbureau Holland
Blooming zamioculcas flower © CC-BY-SA-3.0, Public Domain
Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Zamioculcas, zz plant) © CC BY 4.0 Forest & Kim Starr