Plants with Sam: ZZ Plants

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Hi, Sam here with our latest issue of Plants with Sam! This blog talks about plant care and how to best care for your leafy friends. I am writing this to go hand in hand with CrossRealms’ Let’s Grow initiative. To read more about this, my first post with more details can be found here. 

Today I would like to talk about the ZZ plant. Zamioculcas zamiifolia is it’s full name. This is another houseplant that is very popular amongst new plant owners, due to the fact that it’s hard to kill.

ZZ plants are known for their waxy leaves that reflect light, as well as the interesting pattern the leaves grow in. It is said that the ZZ can help purify the air of toxins as well.

ZZ plants, like the other two plants previously mentioned in this blog, will be fine if neglected. They are drought tolerant and can live in low light without putting up a fight. Although they are notoriously slow growers, these plants can grow to be about 3 feet tall and wide so they won’t completely take over your living room like some others can.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your ZZ plant healthy:

Light

The ZZ can survive in almost any kind of light, aside from full sun or absolutely no light. I would suggest moderate indirect light to keep it happy.

Water

Let the soil dry out completely between waterings, I only water mine about twice a month. These plants could become easily susceptible to root rot or rhizome rot due to its thick stems.​

Soil

Most houseplant soils will work fine for the ZZ, as long as they’re fairly quickly draining. If the water sits too long it could start to rot, so try to add some sand or perlite if that happens. ​

Temperature

Average house temperature is fine for the ZZ, between 60 and 75 degrees fahrenheit would be best. Don’t let the temperature drop below 45 degrees.​

Fertilizer

Average house temperature is fine for the ZZ, between 60 and 75 degrees fahrenheit would be best. Don’t let the temperature drop below 45 degrees.​

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