When you love plants, you want to have them in your home as well as outside. Sadly, houseplants can be much more difficult to grow, especially in low lighting. I’ve written about a few plants that I grow successfully indoors, and today I’m sharing a new purchase, the ZZ plant.
The ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamifolia
The ZZ plant or Zamioculcas Zamifolia, is a native of eastern Africa and is a member of the aroid family just like the Philodendron. The area where it is native, has long periods of drought, often followed by long periods of rain. Since it has adapted to such odd conditions, it makes a great houseplant for those who do not have a lot of light.
Sun: Indirect and low lighting
Water: Minimal especially in lower lighting – Never let it sit in water
Height: Up to 3 feet but slow growing
It also doesn’t need to be watered very often. In fact, you will notice that the potting mix is very course allowing for a fast drain when watered. And like many plants, it hates to have wet feet, so make sure you don’t let it sit in water. This plant also has no particular humidity needs and very little to no pest problems.
I bought this plant a couple of months ago. It sits on my desk with couple of other plants next to a south eastern window which gets some light but is not extremely bright.
I like the lush glossy leaves and the fullness of this plant. So far it is looking great and has grown a bit, although it is thought to be a relatively slow grower, especially in lower lighting areas. I have noticed that I do need to watch and make sure when I water that I check back after a few minutes, and get rid of any extra water lying in the saucer.
Note: All parts of the plant are said to be poisonous. Keep away from children and pets.
While I was doing some research, I found this interesting article by Mr. Brown Thumb about getting the feel of the weight of your pots, to know when to water. I like this idea. The finger method is a good one, but sometimes I’m just not sure, and let me tell you have I have killed a plant or two in the past by over-watering.
I also really liked this detailed and humorous information about Zamioculcas Zamifolia in this article from Plants are the Strangest People.
If you like plants then you should have them inside your home too.
Give the ZZ plant a try. I’m very happy I with mine.