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ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia or Zanzibar Gem)

With long arching dark glossy leaves, the ZZ plant as it’s commonly referred to, is a favourite for its tolerance of low light and neglect. It is set and forget kind of plant needing less frequent watering than other house plants and one that is perfect for office settings or even holiday homes. A very structural plant of medium size, the ZZ plant is perfect for filling up a corner or adding height in a grouping of plants.

Growing Conditions

Aspect The ZZ plant prefers low to bright, indirect light

Soil Use Seasol Indoor Potting Mix a premium potting mix especially formulated for indoor plants.

Growing Spring and summer is the growing season for the ZZ plant.

ZZ Plant (Zanzibar Gem)

General care

Watering The potting mix must be allowed to completely dry out between watering. Staying wet for prolonged periods of time or being watered every 1-2 weeks will eventually lead to rot. Water every 4-6 weeks or even less during cooler weather (dependent on pot size and environment).

Potting: Keep the ZZ plant in a plastic nursery pot and sit inside a cover pot unless growing outside.

Feeding A liquid or granular fertiliser can be used. Apply granular PowerFeed Controlled Release Pots & Plants for Indoor & Outdoors once every season. It combines a premium mix of nutrients, seaweed, and microbes for all plants in pots. Supplement or apply a liquid fertiliser such as PowerFeed PRO SERIES Pots & Planters or PowerFeed All Purpose including Natives every 2 to 4 weeks from spring to autumn and less often in winter.

For a ready-to-use no mixing formula, apply PowerFeed Indoor & Potted Plants 1.25 Lt trigger spray to the soil. This easy-to-use liquid fertiliser and soil conditioner helps to improve your soil and feed your plants. Apply every 2 to 4 weeks during the growing season and monthly in winter if needed.

Watch out Although renowned for tolerating low light, a ZZ won’t grow overly fast in this type of environment. Consider having two and swapping them over regularly to allow them to access brighter light occasionally.

Stems will lean towards the light source so every time you water, rotate the pot to allow for even growth.

Stems soft and rotting? Try watering less frequently.