There is no doubt, you are about to meet your new best friend. His name is ZZ. Even though this green tropical perennial is native to Eastern Africa, he is going to love your place. The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) began it's popularity in the 1990's and has been a signature plant at Colonial House of Flowers probably because it can tolerate low light conditions and is as maintenance-free as you can get.
Look below for tips on caring for the ZZ.
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BASICALLY PLANTING AND WATERING
This one is for the not-so-green thumbs in the crowd because it is so easy-to-care-for. Even if you do really dig plants the ZZ doesn't require much time or attention.
The leaves are dark, green and glossy. They thrive in low to moderate light even those dark corners that other plants find un-attractive. It is a good idea to check the top part of the soil every few weeks. If it is dry, then give it a drink. Otherwise, let him be. Don't over water because these plants prefer dry conditions. Well drained soil is recommended. Bright light and vents may dry out the soil faster than standard conditions.
If this plant is feeling bad it will let you know by turning yellow. This typically means it is getting too much water (but not always). The yellowing is resolved by clipping the yellow leaf or stem and stopping watering until the soil drys out.
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REPOTTING AND FERTILZING
All purpose fertilizer goes a long way with ZZ plants. Honestly, they're pretty content with nothing like, zero fertilizer. Normally, we don't repot until we really need to. You know it is time when the roots are easing out of the drainage holes.
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For plants like this one whose roots grow close to the top of the soil I recommend buying a plant that is already in good shape. Plus, these plants don't really "do much." They don't grown bloom, or do funny things. ZZ plants grow slowly and simply. An established plant can be found here at Colonial House of Flowers in Atlanta or plant nurseries near you. ZZ's are fairly easy to propagate if you have patience. To propagate you may use water or soil use be prepared that it is not fast.
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The most low-maintenance houseplant perfect for everybody.
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