This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

February 18, 2014

ZZ plant - Zamioculcas zamiifolia

I found this ZZ plant (its actual name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia but everyone just calls them ZZ plants - for obvious reasons, I guess) at Lowe's yesterday.

If you're a cycad collector, like I am, you will see that the leaves do have a resemblance to a zamia, hence the name, but this plant isn't a cycad. And from what I've read it's a tough indoor plant that likes to be neglected and does well in low light.

This particular plant was really starting to outgrow its pot there at the store, so it was the best one to buy (the biggest one). In foliage plants, always buy the biggest one. In flowering plants, like annuals, not so much so. This ZZ plant cost me twelve dollars. I understand that they're slow growing, so it's best to buy the biggest one that you can.

Anyway, I did my regular careful planting (or rather, potting). I'm used to putting plants in the ground! I really don't have too many indoor plants. I gave it a good amount of dry-release fertilizer and mixed in some of those moisture-holding crystals into the potting soil. I even gave it some fish-based fertilizer. Not too much, that stuff stinks!

Now it needs to be left alone. My research says that over-watering a ZZ plant is a big mistake. It's in a good place where it can get big and tall. If the leaves start to splay out, I will trim them. I've seen ZZ plants that are all splayed out, which looks goofy to me, so I'll keep an eye on this one.

I'll let you know how it does.
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