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If there is one phrase to describe the ZZ plant it is low maintenance. The ZZ plant, also know as the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is a tropical plant native to Eastern Africa. It’s considered a succulent that can go months without water. Not that I recommend doing that, but if you’re a lazy plant owner, consider buying a ZZ plant.
Water and Temperature requirements
The ZZ plant is a low maintenance plant, it needs very little water to survive. As I stated above, it can go months without needing water. BUT, I recommend watering once every 2-6 weeks depending on what season we are in. If it’s growing season the plant will want to water more often.
Now, I keep all my plants somewhere between 65F and 75F. This range works for all the houseplants I currently have. I would not let the temperature fall below 50F as this could cause damage to the roots or leaves.
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Since the ZZ plant is a tropical plant, it prefers a more humid environment. That can be hard to achieve in the winter months. So, to combat the lack of humidity there a few things you can do.
- Invest in a humidifier.
- Place your plant in the shower room 1-2 times a week while you shower.
I have a humidifier and use the shower method. I prefer the shower method because my plant responds well to it. All my tropical plants have benefited from it. But, I understand that’s not as practical as a humidifier. But, if you’re on a budget try the shower.
Light and Soil Requirements
One of the big selling points for this plant is that it doesn’t need a lot of light. If you want the ZZ plant to thrive, consider moving it to a mteraedium-bright lit room. Never direct sunlight. From my personal experience, my ZZ plant does not tolerate direct sunlight well at all. The leaves will
For my ZZ plant, I have been using regular potting soil with peat moss. You could get away with regular potting soil if you like, you use a well-draining pot. A lot of plants to like to sit in water!
The ZZ plant is considered air-purifying. According to the NASA study, the ZZ plant helps remove benzene, toluene, and xylene from the home. Air-purifying? Win-win right?
Where to Find
There are plenty of reputable online plant sellers but I recommend trying to find one in person. Most plant nurseries sell these, especially during the growing season. If they don’t consider asking them to order one for you! I did it for my rubber tree and I had no issue with the nursery.
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To keep your ZZ plant happy, consider the following
- Avoid cold drafts (window drafts in the winter)
- As stated above the ZZ plant need to be kept at a temperature 65-75F. Anything below 50F could cause some damage.
- Avoid heat drafts (such as vents).
- Avoid heat drafts such as vents because they cause the air to become drier. And as stated above ZZ plants like a more humid environment.
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Too much sunlight will cause leaves to burn and turn brown in the burned spots. You can see sunlight damage on one of the leaves pictured above.
- Do not overwater
- If you continually overwater, your ZZ plant will develop root rot and it’s going to be extremely hard to revive.
- Moderate indirect sunlight
- Air purifying.
- Hardy plant
- Dry environment
- Inexpensive to moderately priced
- Moderate to fast-growing
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