EASY POTPLANT : ZAMIOCULCAS

AS THERE IS NOT MUCH TO DO IN THE GARDEN AT THE MOMENT I WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME EASY POTPLANTS FOR INSIDE WHO ARE VERY STRONG, ALMOST UN-KILLABLE ! SO PERFECT PLANTS FOR THE NOT SO GREEN THUMBED AMONGST US.

THE FIRST ONE IS A ZAMIOCULCAS, A HORRIBLE NAME, I KNOW, HE HASN’T A COMMON NAME YET, BUT IN SHORT IT IS CALLED A ZAMIO.

DSC01102 (2)

IT IS NOT A PLANT YOU BUY FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS BUT IT HAS VERY NICE GREEN LEAFS AND IT GROWS REASONABLY FAST. IT IS A RELATIVE OF THE ANTHURIUM (flamingoplant) AND OF THE SPATHIPHYLUM (peace plant) . IT WAS FOUND IN KENIA, ZANZIBAR AND MADAGASCAR AND INTRODUCED IN EUROPE IN THE MID 1990’S WHERE IT IS VERY SUCCESFULL.

THEY DON’T NEED A LOT OF WATER, YOU CAN TREAT IT LIKE A SUCCULENT, IN SPRING AND SUMMER LET THE SOIL DRY OUT COMPLETELY FOR AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE WATERING AGAIN, IN WINTER IT NEEDS A BIT OF WATER ONCE A MONTH. THE ZAMIO LIKES A BIT OF SHADE AND NO DIRECT SUN. IN SPRING AND SUMMER IT LOVES A PLACE ON THE PATIO OR IN THE GARDEN BUT IN HALF SHADE !!!

MINIMUM DAY TEMPERATURES ARE 12 C° (54 F) MINIMUM NIGHT TEMPERATURES 5C° (41 F)

REPOT EVERY 3 YEARS IN NORMAL SOIL MIXED WITH A FEW PEBBLES. IT GROWS FAST AND NEEDS A FEED ONCE IN A WHILE.

BUT IT IS STRONG AND WHEN YOU DON’T OVERWATER IT OR KEEP IT OUTSIDE IN WINTER YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO KILL IT, A PERFECT PLANT FOR BEGINNERS !!!

Advertisements