Zamioculcas is a superb indoor plant native to tropical Africa.

Care, repotting, watering and exposure are as many small things to do that will make your zamioculcas even more lush.

A summary of what there is to know:

Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Family: Araceae
Type: indoor plant

: 1 ⅓ to 3 feet (0.5 to 1 meter) indoors
Exposure: well-lit
Soil: soil mix

: evergreen

Planting and re-potting zamioculcas:

Upon purchasing, if the pot is too small, proceed to repotting so that the plant may grow adequately.

After that, every 2 or 3 years and preferably in spring, repot your zamioculcas in a pot of a slightly larger size.

  • Zamioculcas roots hate excess water.
    Ensure that the pot has proper holes at the bottom, and increase drainage with a layer of gravel or clay pebbles along the bottom of the pot, to make water flow through more easily.
  • Good soil mix is needed.
    The plant, since it lives indoors, needs soil mix because that is its only source for the nutrients it needs.
  • Upon repotting, you can split the crown into two parts to propagate your plant and to regenerate it, too.

The best spot for zamioculcas:

The best place to set up your zamioculcas is near a window that lets a decent amount of light through, but isn’t in direct sunlight.

Zamioculcas have been noted to thrive with quite little light.

  • Indeed, this plant is vulnerable to excess sun, and even tolerates part shade when outdoors.
  • Absolutely avoid setting it near heat sources such as radiators, because moisture is what this tropical plant needs most.

Watering zamioculcas:

Regular but moderate watering is called for, preferably with soft water.

In spring and summer:

Keep the soil mix moist and check that water drains properly.
Add green plant liquid fertilizer every 8 to 15 days during the growing phase.

  • Spray the leaves on a regular basis with calcium-free water.

In fall and winter:

Reduce watering and wait for the soil to be dry before watering again.

  • Stop adding fertilizer.

Diseases and parasites that attack zamioculcas:

It the stems and leaves turn yellow or lose their firmness and become soft, it is most certainly due to excess watering.

Good light is needed, and if lacking, you’ll see the plant try to produce very long stems to search for light.

One last point regarding parasites: zamioculcas is vulnerable to scale insects.

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