Although it resembles the look of the Zamias or Cardboard palms - ZZ plant is not one of them.
Extremely easy to grow this plant is a must for the beginners or those of people who says "plants just don't like me".
Besides it's tolerance to neglect ZZ plant has very exotic appearance and might be a nice addition to the interior design. It's glossy fleshy leaves are always shiny and the new leaf growth comes out as a very pretty fluffy stalk.
Doing it's best in a bright light zz plant will grow in any light conditions without much complain. The only difference is - in lower light there will be larger space between leaves on the stalks and on bright light - the leaves growth will be more compact. ZZ plant will be fine if you forget to water it.
The leaves and stems and roots are used as containers to keep the moisture for such dry periods. In fact you have to let soil dry throughly before watering this plants. The best soil for ZZ plant is the one with large amount of coarse sand that will drain quickly. In the summer time ZZ plant will enjoy being outside just don't forget to take him back inside when temperature will go below 55F.
There is only one drawback - zz plant is extremely slow grower...
Lighting Needs: Does best in low to bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West
Soil Type: A GOOD general purpose potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well) will suffice. Check purchased soil to see that it is well aerated and add sand or perlite and peat moss if it seems to pack too tightly. Give the plants a chance to settle in before going back to whatever fertilization program has been successful for you. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part garden soil, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part moist peat or humus (leaf mold) and a light dusting of lime. Always use a pot with a hole.
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.
Fertilizer: Feed once a year in the spring using a water soluble fertilizer.
Plant Pests: Prone to none Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.
Propagation: Stem cuttings and leaf cuttings in the spring. It is best to propagate cuttings in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.
Gardening Tips & Care: Keep this plant warm and reduce water in the winter.
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