Zamioculcas zamiifolia (Lodd.) Engl.
ZZ Plant, Zanzibar Gem, Aroid Palm, Eternity Plant, Succulent Philodendron, Money Tree, Golden Tree, Zu Zu Plant, Fat Boy
Caladium zamiifolium, Zamioculcas lanceolata, Zamioculcas loddigesii
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a popular plant with pinnately compound leaves arising from a stout underground rhizome. It grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. Each leaf consists of several pairs of elliptic leaflets that are smooth, glossy dark green, and up to 2 feet (60 cm) long. Flowers are produced in a small bright yellow to brown or bronze spadix. They are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long, partly hidden among the leaf bases, and appear from mid-summer to early fall.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 10b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4°C).
How to Grow and Care
ZZ Plant care starts with a lack of care. In fact, ZZ Plants will do better if you leave them alone. Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to overwater it. A ZZ Plant is turning yellow means that it is getting too much water, and its underground rhizomes may be rotting. So if you remember nothing else about caring for a ZZ Plant, just remember to forget to water it. It can survive months without water but will grow faster if regularly watered. ZZ Plants are happy without fertilizer, but if you would like, you can give the plants half-strength fertilizer one to two times a year and only in the summer months.
Growing ZZ houseplants is easy and especially suited for the forgetful gardener.
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