Houseplant of the week: ZZ plant

 

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Why will I love it?
The deep green, super-glossy ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) can thrive in almost any position in your home. It is easy to care for and very resilient.

Light or shade?
The ZZ plant will tolerate pretty much any kind of light except strong direct sunlight, which makes it an excellent plant for beginners. It can live just about anywhere – as long as the room has windows.

Where should I put it?
You can put this baby in the corner … It’s great for those darker spots that most other houseplants can’t hack. It grows to be rather tall – eventually reaching about a metre – so suits a side table or a plant stand.

How do I keep it alive?
It can handle frequent watering and slight neglect – make sure you balance the watering with sunlight exposure, increasing the watering at times when there is plenty of light and decreasing it when there is little. Water every seven to 10 days, and feed it during the growing season.

Did you know …
Take care with children and pets – all plant parts contain calcium oxalate crystals, which are toxic if ingested by humans, cats or dogs.

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