Until gardening season is upon us... we'll cover a few new and interesting house plants over the next 3 months.
The Incredible... ZZ Plant
The ZZ Plant is a relatively new introduction to the world of interior plants. Florida growers first started producing ZZ's back in 1999. In 3 short years the ZZ Plant became so popular it was named plant of the year by the Florida Nurserymen's and Growers Association for 2002.
The ZZ Plant is botanically known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia. It has several common names... ZZ Plant, Fat Boy Plant, Aroid Palm, Arum Fern, and Eternity Plant to name a few.
This wonderful new plant is originally
native to Tanzania and Zanzibar in Africa where it grows in dry grasslands
and lowland forests in shady areas. The ZZ Plant is a member of the Aroid
family which many of our popular house plants such as Philodendrons,
Spathiphyllum, and Agloanemas also belong to.
Caring for your ZZ Plant...
ZZ Plants are really quite simple to care for. All you need to do to successfully grow one is place it in fairly bright light, and water it when the soil has dried about half way down the pot. On average this might be every 7 to 14 days or so depending on plant size and lighting.
Your ZZ Plant is slow growing and will be quite happy if you feed it 4 to 5 times per year, with most of the feedings occurring while the plant is actively growing.
Besides being easy to grow... one of the best things about the ZZ Plant is that they usually don't have any insect problems.
Where do I get a... ZZ Plant?
Your local Garden Center will have several sizes of ZZ Plants on hand. Tagawa Garden Center has one of the better selections I've seen around town.
Your local florist should also be able to special order a ZZ Plant for you.
Until next month... Happy Growing!
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