Garden Topics: Tropicals & Houseplants

ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

ZZ Plant - Reillys Summer Seat FarmWhy you may want to grow it: Looking for an easy-to-grow houseplant? Check out ZZ plant; it's truly one of the toughest plants around, making it a perfect choice to add to your home or office. Whether you're able to give it steady care, travel a lot, or just get distracted by all the stresses of daily life, ZZ plant survives it all. Plus, it looks good. The plant features shiny, dark green leaves that have a waxy look. It was discovered in Eastern Africa in the 1800s, but it wasn't until the 1990s that it really took off as a houseplant. While ZZ plant isn't exactly rare, it's still catching on.

How to care for it: What makes ZZ plant such a good houseplant is that it's wonderfully tolerant to a wide range of conditions, including low light, low humidity, and periods of drought. That means it will survive just about any corner of your home, even if you only water it once every couple of weeks or less. Unlike most other plants, ZZ plant doesn't even need natural light -- it'll thrive just fine indoors under fluorescent lights, such as those in office buildings and bathrooms. As a survival technique, ZZ plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaflets fall, don't give up hope. Water your plant again and it should resuscitate. It's best to water ZZ plant when the top inch or so of the soil dries. Feed this plant a balanced houseplant fertilizer at half strength every two months while it is actively growing. We recommend Maxsea or Bonide Liquid Plant Food

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