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Zamia 'ZZ Plant'

Zamia 'ZZ Plant'

 

Origin: Tanzania, particularly Zanzibar, but it grows right across central Africa and the east coast.

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia.

This Plant is tough, making it perfect for the forgetful plant owner.
This hardy plant is able to survive for months without water and will grow well in any light conditions except sun. 

☀️  Light: 

Moderate to bright indirect sunlight for best results. It will also tolerate low light. Keep it out of hot, direct sunlight which can burn the leaves. If the light is too intense for your ZZ, you may see some brown spots on the leaves.

💧 Water:

The ZZ Plant is like a cactus in that it needs less, rather than more, water. Water only when the soil is dry, and then allow to dry out again. One of the only ways you can kill this low maintenance plant is to over water it. A Zamia Plant that turns yellow means that it is getting too much water and it may be rotting.

☁️  Humidity: 

Average indoor. This plant does not require any extra humidity.

🌡 Temperature:

Average room temperatures (18-24°C). Avoid placing your plants near heating and air conditioning sources.

🧉 Food: 

Feed every (3) months. It's also recommended to feed at the time of watering to avoid fertilizer burn and overwatering.

🐾  Toxicity: 

Mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
 ➕ Additional Tips:

As a survival technique, the ZZ Plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaves fall off, don’t give up hope! Water your plant immediately and it should come back. This plant is shiny on its own, never spray with leaf shine. Ignore this plant and it will be happiest.