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ZZ Plant

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It’s a mouthful.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  You probably don’t want to waste much time with the pronunciation, so let’s just call it the ‘ZZ Plant’ and be done with it.  And, if you want to be descriptive, go with ‘EZ-ZZ’, because this one is really, really easy to keep in your home, apartment, or dorm room.  Although it’s in the Araceae family, and related to Spaths, Pothos, and Philodendron, this family member has much less need for water, light, and human attention.  In fact, sometimes it’s best to ignore watering it for up to 2 whole months and just enjoy its nearly plastic-looking leaves.  The ZZ Plant, sometimes called the Zanzibar Gem, has its natural roots in the tropical regions of eastern Africa.  Its long, graceful leaves produce leaflets that are thick and shiny and can resemble certain holly leaves with the characteristic pointed apex.  So, if you’re looking for a great plant that requires very little light, hardly any water, and will thrive on neglect, let us put a ZZ on your doorstep or send one to a brown-thumbed friend, and enjoy this people-proof oxygen producer.

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Description

The ZZ Plant is one of our favorite PLANTZ.  It might have something to do with the extensive use of the letter “Z”, but we love it.  If you’re looking for a ‘get it, and (nearly) forget it’ plant, try this one.  To keep its leaves glossy and shiny, there’s only a few things you need to know:

Watering

This plant is a lite drinker, rarely requiring watering more than once a month.  With proper sub-irrigation techniques, we’ve seen these plants thrive on 45-day watering intervals.  Use your Soil Sleuth (probe).  Check it every couple weeks.  When it gets really dry, wait 2 more weeks and then water it thoroughly (and forget it for several more weeks).

Light

ZZs thrive in medium light, but can be sustained in very low light.  In fact, there are scenarios where you can give it too much light, like unfiltered sunlight from an adjacent window.  Filtered light is best, but you can use this plant practically anywhere except your closet; unless, of course, you have really cool closet with a nice window).

Nutrition

The ZZ Plant likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.

Cleaning

Simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick for dust removal. For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe.  EZ-ZZ.

Pruning

There’s not a lot to do here either.  Sometimes, you’ll get a random yellowing leaflet that can be pruned or pinched off.  If an entire leaf starts to go yellow, prune it all the way back to the stem.

Bugs

In an unofficial survey of PLANTZ staff, we’re not sure we’ve ever seen a bug on a ZZ.  If one shows up, take a picture and send it to us as proof; then wipe it off with a rag or sponge soaked in a mild soapy solution.

Warning

Like many in the Araceae family, the leaves and stems of the ZZ are toxic to animals (including humans), so do not ingest any part of the plant.  And, we’ve just been informed that cats are actually animals too; so, if you have a cat (or dog, or any other pet), keep them away from the ZZ.

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  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    Would not order again even though the plant is great as there was no confirmation sent, no delivery date sent and no way to contact anyone to ask these questions. Too bad as nice plant.

    • Sue Waltzer (store manager)

      Hi Jane,

      We sent you the tracking information on 7/23 at 11:41 in the morning and I sent you some care instructions on 7/24 at 1:08 in the afternoon letting you know that your plant was due to arrive on Friday and letting you know how to get in touch with me if you had questions. Is it possible that our messages ended up in your junk/spam folder? We also sent you a confirmation on 7/18 letting you know we received your order. Can you please check your mailboxes and let me know if you find any of these? I’m sorry that you didn’t get them!

      Please let me know how I can help.
      Sue

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