Complete guide to zamioculcas zamiifolia plant care
If you don't have much natural light in your home, a zz plant will save the day.
If there's a plant that can cope with neglect, it's the zamioculcas zamiifolia (or the zz plant, if you're after less of a tongue-twister). Cassie, our zz plant, is made of hardy stuff. There's not much to remember if you want to keep your zz plant happy and healthy, but these are some of our tops tips:
- Water very infrequently and let the soil dry out completely
- A zz plant will cope with very little light, so put it wherever you please
- For an extra growth spurt, feed your zz plant with liquid fertiliser in spring and summer
About zamioculcas zamiifolia
The ZZ plant, or zamioculcas, is native to Central Africa, but has spread across much of the eastern side of the continent too. It’s used to extremes of weather, surviving long periods of drought and then intense downpours. The ways it’s adapted to those conditions are the reason it’s such an excellent, easygoing houseplant. In various parts of Tanzania, the juice of the ZZ plant is used to treat earache, inflammation and ulceration. It’s a regular little green nurse.
How much light does my zamioculcas zamiifolia need?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants do just fine most light conditions. They'll most enjoy bright, indirect light but will happily tolerate shady spots and low light rooms. As with all plants, they won't survive in total darkness and will need some natural light. Avoid direct sunlight, as this will scorch the leaves.
How often should I water my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Water your zamioculcas zamiifolia plant when the soil has dried out completely. Allow the water to completely drain before refilling the pot. She won't need regular watering, particularly in winter.
What type of soil is best for my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Use a well-draining, cactus-friendly potting soil. This mimics the soil and environment found in their natural habitat.
Should I fertilise my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Feed your zamioculcas zamiifolia plant once a month in spring and summer with a liquid fertiliser diluted to half strength.
What's the best temperature for my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants prefer temperatures between 18-27°C. In the winter, keep your plant away from cold draughts or open windows.
Does my zamioculcas zamiifolia need a humid environment?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants don’t require high levels of humidity, so you won't need to worry about misting.
Do I need to prune my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Prune your zamioculcas zamiifolia plant as needed to maintain its shape and remove any dead leaves or stems when you spot them. This will help encourage new growth.
When should I repot my zamioculcas zamiifolia?
You can repot your zamioculcas zamiifolia plant every two years, or when the roots become pot-bound. If you notice that the roots are starting to push out of the top and bottom of the nursery pot, or are tightly spiralled inside the pot, it's probably time to repot.
Can you propagate a zamioculcas zamiifolia?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants can be propagated by division or by stem cuttings. You can find out more about propagation here.
Common zamioculcas zamiifolia pests and diseases
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plants can be susceptible to mealybugs, spider mites, and root rot. Clean your plant regularly and check for pests - if you spot them, treat them with an insecticide. For root rot, try to let the soil dry out completely before watering again.
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