Zamioculcas Feng Shui

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Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Zenzi’ – Dwarf ZZ Plant is an evergreen succulent plant for offices and home decoration.  Dwarf ZZ Plant is an almost new plant in the family which is purely grown as an indoor ornamental plant. It is a dwarf cultivar of the ZZ Plant with thick, short, and very dark green curled leaves. The glossy green Zamioculcas Zamiifolia Zenzi plant will add flying colors to your Home or Office indoor, no matter how dark the office! It looks great on the table or windowsill. Zamiifolia plant is one of the Nasa recommended indoor plants that purify the air by removing the toxins benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene and gives oxygen. It is very easy to care for and low growing plants. This desk plant needs less water and it bears all conditions of cultivation that’s make it a perfect house plant.

ZZ plant does have pinnate shiny and waxy-looking curled leaves grow close together on thick tuberous fleshy stems. The leaves grow more straight than the regular ZZ plant and are closer together on the stem. The trunk stores moisture in times of drought, which makes Zamia ideal for periscope gardens. Zamioculcas zamiifolia leaves contains high water contents, that’s the reason it can survive extremely well under interior low light levels for many months without water.

This is one ‘hot’ plant at one time, but there are people who still love them (me included).  It is a fascinating plant and so easy to care for. However one negative point, it is highly poisonous  (if ingested) and recently people started throwing it out. There were rumors going around that it released poisonous gas as well. I don’t understand why people are so gullible. Put it this way, if you have been growing this plant (s) in your home or garden for years and nothing has happened, why react so negatively?  Before this, it was supposed to be a good  ‘feng shui’ plant. At one-time people were selling this plant for a very good price. Grow this plant in a nice oriental pot and it looks pretty exotic. 
As for me, the merits of this plant include:-
1)  The thick fleshy leaves are so shinny and naturally green forever.  When the new leaves come out, they are curled up, slowly unfurled as they appear. It is a nice plant to look at.
2)   This plant is easy to propagate. Just stick a cutting or even a leaf in some soil and a baby plant appears. The baby plant has a small hardy bulb-like root at its base. Very cute and unusual. 
3) Watering can be infrequent. In fact, it can stand drought for a long time, and still do well. The base of the stem is swollen, indicating it is a succulent plant.  The ball-like rhizome is like a potato tuber that stores water for its needs.
4) Not much fertilizer is needed to make the plant grow….it will grow at its own pace, very slowly.
5) Direct sunlight (when it is a really hot day) might burn the leaves, so place the plant under indirect sunlight is better. The plant also does well indoors. However, prolonged periods without sunlight might turn the leaves light green instead of the dark healthy glossy green. So a touch of sunlight is good for the plant now and then. Just take the plant to the sun it once a while. 
6) The plant is pest-free – what a bonus! 
7) Any soil medium that allows good drainage is good for the plant. 
8) This plant is also called the ‘eternal’ plant, it will only die from too much water.  If one notices yellow leaves on the plant, it normally means the root has started to rot from too much water. Just pull that particular stem out to avoid the spread of the rot.  Check first that the rot has not spread to other stems.  Keep the plant dry for a week or so. The plant recovers fast. New shoots will come out once the plant is healthy again.
This plant has so many merits there is no reason how anyone can fail to grow this plant successfully.  One last note, this plant does flower but the flowers are not attractive at all. I am not sure why it bothers to flower since propagation is so easy through using the leaves or cutting.  I am not sure if there are seeds from the flowers. Will check this out next time my plant flowers…..lol! 

Why Zamioculcas Zamifolia ‘Zenzi’ Plant?

In short, if you are fond of nature, the ZZ ‘Zenzi’ plant is for you.  Attractive glossy foliage, low light tolerance, and easy care make Dwarf ZZ Plant a better choice.   If you want to surprise your loved ones with a valuable gift, Indoor Plants are a good choice.  These plants not only helps to create a healthy environment but also helps to create a happy, relaxed, lively ambiance at home.  This plant adds a classy greenish touch to your home or office decor. Go green and Gift a plant.  Let us build a better world for the generations to come.

Scientific name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia ‘Zenzi’
Common name: Dwarf ZZ plant, Zenzi ZZ plant
Family: Araceae
Origin: East Africa
Benefit: Air purifier, Removes airborne toxins.

Zamioculcas Zamifolia Plant care

ZZ plant only needs less water, though it can survive difficult conditions.  As a result, ZZ is considered to be a perfect house plant.  This plant is shiny on its own, thus never spray it with any commercial leaf shine. There is no serious pest or disease problems found on this plant.

  1. light:  Low to Bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. Purely shade-tolerant Indoor plant.
  2. Soil: Good well-drained potting soil which contains perlite or sand.
  3. Water: Medium- thrice a week. Over-watering may destroy this plant. Drought tolerant. Water the plant after the soil fully dried out. Do not use leaf shiners
  4. Temperature: 15 °C to 24 °C ( 60°F – 75°) but can survive with as low as 8°C
  5. Fertilizer: Fertilize with a slow-release palm food or a diluted house plant food once monthly during the growing season.
  6. Propagation: Leaf Cutting, rhizomes Division
  7. Pruning: Remove the yellow leaves near the bottom of the stem. Longer stems can remove or cut it to size at the tip.
  8. Toxicity: MildlyToxic to pets and Kids as it is part of the Araceae family, which contains Calcium Oxalate

Life Stage

Plant Division: Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)

Lifespan:  Perennial

Mode of Nutrition:  Autotrophic

Plant Shape:  Shrubby

Plant Size:   Height 30-45 cm, maximum Upto 75 cm

Floral (Angiosperm)  (Dicotyledon)

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