€25.00 – €45.00
Indoor Plant: Zamioculcas
From its ability to grow and flourish in harsh indoor conditions and neglect to its appealing and beautiful glossy green leaves, the zamioculcas is perfect for houseplant beginners or brown thumbs. Excellent as an accent plant, place yours in a wide, open space to let its branches spread.
Dimensions: our zamioculcas is available in three sizes:
– Small – 50cm
– Medium – 80cm
– Large – 110cm
Dimensions are approximate and include the pot.
Zamioculcas: Plant Guide
Difficulty level: this is certainly one tough cookie which will thrive regardless of how much love and attention you’ll give it.
Light: bright indirect light like filtered afternoon sun will help it grow but it also thrives well in a windowless room like a bathroom.
Air purifier: the plant is able to remove organic compounds like benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene, leaving your space fresh and free from harmful substances.
Pet and child-friendly: like many species that form part of the Araceae family, the zamioculcas contains calcium oxalate. As a result, the liquid it oozes can cause skin irritation. To avoid this from happening, make sure you wear gloves when handling the plant, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards and ideally keep curious pets and children away from it.
Ideal for: housewarming, first-time plant owner, new office space.
Zamioculcas: Plant Background
Origin: a flowering plant that forms part of the Araceae family, the zamioculcas is native to drought-prone eastern Africa, growing from Kenya south to northeastern South Africa. It has been around for many centuries, however, it was only in 1996 that Dutch nurseries located in South Africa started distributing it around the world, giving rise to its popularity. Since then, it has found itself in homes and offices across the globe.
Also known as: Zanzibar gem, ZZ plant, Zuzu plant, eternity plant, aroid palm, emerald palm.
Symbolism: considered a fortune tree, according to Feng Shui, the zanzibar gem represents growth, good fortune and luck. Its botanical name is a combination of two other plants the Zamia and Colocasia.
Fun facts: the Sukuma people in north-western Tanzania use the roots from the ZZ plant to treat ulcers and other types of inflammation, whereas juice from the leaves is used in the Mulanje district of Malawi and the east Usambara mountains of Tanzania to treat earache.
Zamioculcas: Plant Care
Watering: the ZZ plant can withstand drought quite well so don’t beat yourself up if you have forgotten to water it. In fact, it does best when kept on the drier side, so much so that it is believed that the plant’s unusually high water content and its individual leaf longevity of 6 months means that it can go without water for months.
Food: a complete and balanced liquid fertiliser given once a month will provide it with all the nutrients it needs.
Pruning: if the plant’s branches are too much for your space or liking, simply prune them away or remove that particular branch altogether. You may also want to cut any leaves that have turned yellow.
Ideal temperature: the zamioculcas can survive outdoors as long as the temperature does not drop below 15 degrees Celsius. Indoors, an average temperature of between 18 and 26 degrees is ideal.
Avoid: overwatering or letting it sit in water since this will cause root rot.
Pests: resistant to diseases and insects, you shouldn’t have problems with your plant. If you notice any aphids or other pests, wipe the leaves with mild soap and some hot water.
Whilst doing our utmost in supplying an identical product to the image provided, sometimes items may be substituted if not in season or unavailable. Our dedicated staff will make sure that the substitution is equivalent to value and quality. Where our designs include a sundry item such as a vase, basket or pot it may not always be possible to deliver the exact item as displayed.
Photography location: The Cumberland Boutique Hotel, Valletta, Malta.
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