The best easy-care office plant: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a low-maintenance plant well suited as a house or office plant. Zamioculcas zamiifolia can tolerate low light conditions and needs watering every two to four weeks.
Table of contents
- Technical details
- Watering and lighting
- Potting, pruning, and propagation
Naming and language
Aroid palm is a common language name used for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, which is also known as the ZZ plant.
Family, genus, and type
Zamioculcas zamiifolia belongs to Araceae family and Zamioculcas genus. Zamioculcas zamiifolia is the only species in Zamioculcas genus.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia plant type is succulent and has the characteristics of surviving and retaining water in dry climates and soil conditions.
Size and height
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can grow 2 to 3 feet (60-30cm) in height and spread.
Watering and lighting
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can survive with very little water and sunlight, making it a perfect house and office plant with very little maintenance.
It is better to underwater Zamioculcas zamiifolia than to overwater it. Before watering, make sure the soil is dry.
How often does it need water?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia needs watering once every two to four weeks, depending on the season. During summer, watering cycles can become shorter because of higher temperatures, and processes can become longer during winter.
How much does it need water?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can be watered thoroughly whenever watered.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can tolerate low light conditions, but they thrive in bright but indirect light.
How much sunlight does it need?
Zamioculcas zamiifolia needs very little light, making them a good house or office plant. Zamioculcas zamiifolia can be placed away from windows, as long as they get small amounts of indirect sunlight every day.
Potting, pruning, and propagation
Zamioculcas zamiifolia thrives in almost any sized pot but likes to have some extra space for its roots to spread around.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can grow on all pot types.
Zamioculcas likes to be repotted and replanted every two years into a pot that is a little bit bigger than its previous pot to avoid root rot.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia can manage on almost any type of soil you can find from the market. They grow naturally on dry ground and have adapted to store water very well.
If you want to make sure your Zamioculcas zamiifolia gets the best soil to grow, pick any potting soil and mix it with one-third of the total amount of dirt with the cactus mix.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia doesn’t really need feeding, but applying liquid houseplant fertilizer in a 20-20-20 balanced ratio doesn’t do any harm either.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia might pick up some yellow leaves as it gets older. These yellow leaves are nothing to worry about and they can be removed.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia blooms very rarely, but it can grow little white flowers near the base of its stalk.
To propagate Zamioculcas zamiifolia, it needs to be picked up from the soil, separated potato-like roots from each other, and replanted.
Natural habitat, climate, and environment
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is originally from dry and hot places in Africa.
House plant environment
Zamioculcas zamiifolia thrives in average temperature, between 60 to 75 Fahrenheit (15-23 Celcius), and average humidity.
Low temperature and over-watering are the most common things that can cause stress for Zamioculcas zamiifolia.
Under-watering can also cause stress for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, but it takes a long time before under-watering turns harmful for it.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia are considered somewhat poisonous, and they should not be digested.