Native to eastern and southern Africa, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly known as ZZ plant is an aroid belonging to the Araceae family. ZZ’s are slow-growing and hardly surpasses a height of three feet at maturity so they wouldn’t require a bigger moss ball in a long time or ever. When developing, the ZZ’s foliage forms a beautiful green rosette.
Zamioculcas plants are highly rugged, resistant to pests and thrive with minimal care. They feature relatively broad and stunning dark green leaves which make them great kokedama wonders for offices and business environments. A significant attractive property of the ZZ plant is its smooth, glossy leaves which have a striking symmetry. The leaves are reflective and add brightness to any space. The shape of the zamia plant can be described as somewhat between that of a fern and a palm tree.
Although they have been around for ages and very popular, zamia plants are unconventional kokedama gardening wonders.
- Other names: Zanzibar gem, eternity plant, Zuzu plant, emerald palm and aroid palm
- Planting environment: Commonly grown indoors. If you like to place it outdoor, keep the plant away from direct sunlight.
- Sunlight: Develops well under lower to medium light exposure.
- Watering/Soaking: ZZ is a low- water plant. Allow the moss ball to dry slightly (up to two inches) before soaking. Soak the moss ball 3/4th in water for 5 minutes once in three weeks.
- Misting: Practice infrequent misting to avoid keeping the soil wet for too long which may cause the rhizomes to rot.
- Fertilisation: Fertilise once a month during the growth period. Otherwise, feed once in three months with half the recommended dosage of fertiliser.
- Temperature: Requires warm temperatures to grow well. Avoid placing in temperature below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature between 65 to 75 degree Fahrenheit is perfect.
- Humidity: Thrives under a wide range of humidity level.