We’ve talked about tough plants currently used in indoors, and promised to introduce to you a new "tough plant". I may be stepping out on a limb with this introduction but let me give you some background on this plant.
Zamioculcas is in the aroid family along with the Spathiphyllum, Philodendron, Aglaonema and Anthurium although you may not suspect it to be from its looks. It looks very similar in shape to the – Cycad – "Zamia Furfuracea – also known as the Cardboard Palm.
The plant has thick fleshy leaves and naturally glossy leaves. You may even think that the plant has been polished it is so shiny.
I grew this plant over 20 years ago as a "collector" plant and never gave it a thought as a potential indoor plant. About a year ago one of the more progressive growers started producing this plant.
While over at their nursery about 5 months ago I picked up one to see for myself if it was as tough as they said it was indoors. Well we are writing about it today because it is.
Anyone that has been in my office will tell you that plants are not treated special. I learned that a long time ago from a successful grower that was always looking for plants with survival qualities. His motto was real simple. If a plant will survive under stress it will only do better with care.
Anyway, after bringing this plant back to my office, I set it in the corner with the paper sleeve that plants are shipped in – for a month. During that time it lost a few leaves and was never watered. Then I took it out of the sleeve, removed the bad leaves and let it sit for 2 weeks before I watered it for the first time.
The part that really impressed me was the fact that it didn’t just sit there, but started to grow. Not spindly growth but good strong stalks and leaves.
I’ve kept the plant pushed over in the corner where it remains looking good and producing new growth regularly. No pest problems have shown up and I certainly haven’t been caring for the plant.
While growing plants for over 25 years, seldom have I ever run across a plant that has performed so well indoors with so little care.
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia has been nicknamed the "ZZ" and can now be found at your local chain store.