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How to grow a ZZ Plant
ZZ Plants are very forgiving plants. Native to eastern Africa where rain rarely comes. They can go for months without water because they store water in the fleshy stems and leaves as well as rhizomes which are modified roots.
Light: ZZ Plants do well in low light or bright indirect light. Since they are slow-growing plants even in good light, in low light conditions ZZ Plants rarely produce new leaves. Direct sun will burn the leaves of a ZZ Plant so try to keep it out of direct sunlight. This plant makes an ideal plant for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of fluorescent light.
Water: Over-watering is the only way to kill Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplants. ZZ houseplants do not like wet feet so allow the soil to thoroughly dry out before watering. Keep your ZZ in a saucer of decorative gravel so the pot is not allowed to sit in water.
ZZ Plants have roots called rhizomes that can store water for long periods of time so when in doubt, do not water. Zamioculcas are very forgiving plants, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage.
Pro-Tip: Yellow Leaves on a ZZ Plant are an indication that the plant has been over-watered if you start to notice this cut back on the frequency of watering and be sure to check that the pot is not being allowed to sit in water.
Soil: If you choose to pot up your ZZ Plant we recommend Espoma Organic Cactus soil. ZZ Plants can be thought of as cactus plants due to their ability to store water. Cactus soils can drain and dry quickly so there is less need to worry about your ZZ Plant sitting in wet soil.
Fertilizer: ZeeZee Plants do not need large amounts of fertilizer as they are very slow growers. Just like the ability to store water they also have the ability to store nutrients. A sprinkling of Osmocote Plus in the spring is more than enough to sustain the plant for a year.
Types of ZZ Plants
ZZ Plants are finally started to be selected for variation. So you can be expecting numerous new cultivars to be introduced in the very near future.
ZZ Plant: The ZZ Plant is graceful with upright stems that taper to a point. fleshy, oval-shaped, shiny leaves are held on the stems giving it a distinctive feathered appearance.
Raven ZZ Plant: The Raven ZZ Plant is an extraordinary plant. It brings the best qualities of regular old ZZ plant -- it’s super tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions and thrives virtually anywhere and shares the same shape and style as the regular ZZ Plant except with rich, purple-black foliage. This plant has had limited availability but quantities will increase in the near future.
Zenzi ZZ Plants: Zenzi is a new cultivar with a very compact habit and cute dark green leaves. This plant is perfect for a desk or island. We will begin offering this cultivar in January of 2020.
ZZ Plants as Clean Air Plants
ZZ Plants are one of the most effective houseplants for air purification, according to NASA Studies. They help remove toluene, benzene, and xylene from the air in our homes or offices. These chemicals can be linked back to several health problems. They include headaches, respiratory problems, anemia, marrow disease, kidney disease, among other conditions.
ZZ Plants will improve indoor air quality. According to the American Society of Horticultural Science, indoor air can be 12 times more polluted than the air outside in some areas. This is mostly because of the compounds in furnishings, paints, cleaning chemicals as well as some building materials. Using ZZ Plants to remove these toxins will make breathing easier, fight colds, remove airborne contaminants, and improve the overall health of you and your family.
Are ZZ Plants Toxic?
Unfortunately Yes, ZZ plants are not the best choice of house plants to have if you have a curious pet or a crawling baby who loves putting everything and anything into their mouth. at home. We did find a very well written article about toxic plants. : A Complete Shopping List of Non-Toxic Indoor Plants for Pet Parents.
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