Zamiculcas (ZA-mee-o-KOOL-kuhss) Zamiifolia (ZA-mee-FO-lyuh)
is a beautiful houseplant originally from Africa. A stunning plant that needs little attention, so perfect for those with busy lives!
This 8 stem, Emerald variety comes in a 17cm nursery pot and stands at an adorable 55cm in height. Available in two colours: Emerald and Raven.
Nasa researchers found the Zamiculcas Zamiifolia to be an excellent air-purifying plant, and have proven that it removes toxins from the air such as benzene and xylene.
Due to their waxy leaves, they actually reflect light which can make darker rooms appear brighter.
If grown outdoors, they have been known to produce small white flowers and berries (don't eat!) at the base of the stems which aren't always visible as they hide behind the leaves!
Care and tips:
🌞 = These plants are perfect for the home as they tolerate almost any lighting situation. They prefer bright or indirect sunlight spots but can survive in low-lit rooms; this may mean that your plant will grow a bit more slowly though!
💧= Allow soil to completely dry between waters, then water and be sure to drain any excess water left as this will create a root rot problem.
🐶🐱👶= All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten, so make sure they are out of reach of small humans and furry creatures.
Very easy to propagate, Zamiculcas naturally grow from rhizomes (a horizontal growing stem) that looks like a potato! These store water for the plant, which is why they are perfect plants that are neglected occasionally. Separate the rhizomes and simply replant.
Another way to propagate is to take a cutting with at least two leaves and some stem on and then placing in water, changing the water weekly and wait for roots to grow.
Things to look out for:
Overwatering: succulents, in general, are very prone to overwatering as they store a lot of their water in their leaves, don't allow to sit in water or this can cause root rot which could cause many leaves to turn yellow and fall off.
Underwatering: If underwatered, the leaves and stems can look empty and shrivelled/dried up.
Leaf tips browning: This can be due to low humidity, try misting and see if this improves, but be sure not to overwater by doing this.
The whole leaf turning brown: caused by overwatering.
Other common names for this plant:
- Zanzibar gem
- ZZ plant
- Zuzu plant
- Aroid palm
- Eternity plant
- Emerald palm
- Raven plant
*Woven pot, not included