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One of the best friends of those “without green fingers” is called Zamioculcas Zamifolia or the ZZ plant. It is a tropical plant native to Zanzibar (Tanzania), belonging to the Araceae family. Easy to maintain, it symbolizes solidity and stability. Here we will tell you how to take care of it.

The Jozani forest in Zanzibar
The zamioculcas

Very undemanding, the zamioculcas lets itself live. A little water by way of watering and a simple passage of a sponge soaked in soapy water on the leaves, is enough in summer to protect it from diseases. it is also possible to add a little vegetable fertilizer to the soil to help it grow.

Zamioculcas plant in its natural environment

The leaves and stems store the water necessary for the survival of the plant. Excess water is extremely harmful for the zamioculcas which risks the rotting of its roots.

Watering the zamioculcas should be done sparingly

To know if the plant is watered too much or not enough, it is enough to observe it. If the bulbs are black and the leaves turn yellow, this is a sign of overwatering. Otherwise, the sign of a water deficit will be the observation of yellow leaves falling with a dry substrate.

yellowed zamioculcas leaves
Stems of zamioculcas with yellowed leaves

Where to place a zamioculcas?

The ideal place to install a zamioculcas is near a window that allows light to pass through without exposing it to direct sunlight.

The well-lit edge of a window is the ideal place for zamioculcas

The flowering of zamioculcas is a rare and unpredictable phenomenon indoors even when the best conditions for the survival of the plant are met. It should be noted that flowering is little sought after because of the little aesthetic interest it represents.

Zamioculcas flower

Why are the branches of my zamioculcas falling?

When the branches of the zamioculcas sag and fall, there is a lack of watering, it lacks water!

It is possible to take cuttings from the zamioculcas from its leaves or stems using two methods. In the 1st method, the leaves and stems are soaked in a container of water, in which they remain until the roots appear. In the 2nd method, it consists in simply planting the leaves at mid-height or the stems in a rich compost which will be watered once a week.

Cuttings from zamioculcas leaves
The leaves of zamioculcas are planted at mid height in a compost which will be watered once a week approximately.
Method of cuttings consisting of directly immersing the zamioculcas leaf in a container of water
Cuttings of the zamioculcas from its stem
Stems of zamioculcas immersed in containers of water until roots sprout
Stems of zamioculcas buried in a compost which will be watered once a week.

Why is my zamioculcas not growing?

A soil poor in nutrients, a temperature that is too cold (below 15 degrees) or poorly adapted watering could be the cause of a stoppage or a slowdown in the growth of the zamioculcas.

Several factors can cause zamioculcas to slow down or stop growing.

To save a sick zamioculcas, you need to cut off the affected leaves and clean the remaining leaves with soap. If the disease has spread too much, only the healthy leaves or stems should be kept and taken from a new substrate. If the agony of the plant is due to an excess or a deficit of water, it is necessary either to dry the compost or to wet it without flooding it.

What are the different varieties of Zamioculcas?

Varieties of zamioculcas are few. We can nevertheless retain three that have appeared recently. Zamioculcas zamifolia zamicro which is a dwarf version of the original variety, zamioculcas ”Raven” which is black, and zamioculcas ”Variegated” with white and yellow colored leaves.

zamioculcas zamifolia zamicro
Zamioculcas ”Raven”
Zamioculcas ”Variegated”

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