Zamioculcas zamiifolia is one of the toughest house plants you could ask for. It can almost survive any type of living conditions. This plant is seen mostly out doors but until recently it has become a very popular house plant.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is in the aroid plant family along with the Aglaonema and Spathiphyllum, Philodendron and the Anthurium plant family’s, although just by the looks of it you would not think that because it looks allot like the Cycad Zamia Furfuracea which also has the name the Cardboard palm.
This plant has really thick and fleshy leaves and has such of a glossy look to it that some might think that it was polished.
The Zamioculcas Zamiifolia plant thrives on neglect and if you forget to water it, it will not die and hardly ever needs to be fertilized. It does have small flowers that blooms out but are not too attractive.
Pests seem not to bother it to much. If pests do get on it this plant seems to be able to get rid of them by itself with out any help from us.
Plant these amazing plants in a well balanced soil of one part sand sharp sand at that, one part peat moss and one part per-lite, add this into the soil mixing this well. This will help the soil to drain better and keep in the moister longer.
Although they are strong to drought they still need to be watered to keep them looking their best.
They are a slow growing plant and can get up to a three foot height span indoors which is taller then how it grows in its native habitat. This plant is native to East Africa.
The lighting for this plant really makes no matter but it does like some sun light if it can get it but does not like direct sun light for this will scorch the leaves.
When watering it do not over water it, do not make the soil soggy because this will cause its roots to rot. Let the soil dry out at least two inches deep into the soil before watering it again, but if the soil is dry all the way do not fear it is fine.
When humidity is talked about with this plant it can stand what ever humidity it is given so the average indoor humidity will fine with it.
Although Fertilize is not really needed but to make it look its best you can use liquid Fertilizer four times a year making sure it is diluted by half as much as the directions say to mix it.
Also remember that when pouring the Fertilizer to your plant never let it touch the plants leaves or stems. Also pour it as far from the plant as you can. If it touches the plant it will burn it up. This is not just for this plant but for all plants.
You can take the cuttings from your Zamioculcas zamiifolia and propagated more but it takes months for these cuttings to take root and to start to grow.
You never have to worry about re-potting these plants. Planting them a smaller pot makes them a perfect home. Although if the plants roots system starts getting to crowed in the pot you may want to re-pot them into a larger one so they will grow some what faster.
These plants are also some times thought to be part the snake plants family but are not part of their family.
There is only one down side to this plant.
CAUTION This plant is very poisonous: all parts of it. It must be kept away from children and all pets. Also it is a good idea to wear gloves when handling this plant or washing your hands thoroughly after you are done with the plant.
So this plant can live with very little care. Bring it home shove it a corner and watch it still grow just like it was getting great care. One of the easiest plants to grow in door or out doors.
Written by Tasha Slone, Copyright 2011 HousePlantsForYou.com