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Aroid palm    

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Aroid palm is part of the Zamioculcas genus. Its scientific name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.

Sometimes sold as ‘nearly plastic’ the ZZ plant does need care like any living thing however it is one of the most forgiving of houseplants and can be cared for by a beginner or frequent traveler.

Can reach up to three feet tall. All parts of this plant are poisonous.2

This plant can be planted outdoors an will perform as a perennial in warmer regions. It is great for indoors as it cleanses the air.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cream. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dark spring green and   Grade 1 Paint Green colour. It is a flowering houseplant / ornamental and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. Aroid palm is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 45.0 cm (1.46 feet).

Tanzania is believed to be where Aroid palm originates from.

Aroid palm is known to be toxic to humans and/or animals, so be careful where you position and how you handle this plant.

Aroid palm is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Aroid palm have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Aroid palm

  • Dappled Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Can be over watered or under watered. But does need water at least sometimes as it is a tropical and not a desert plant. Low light or high light, but will grow faster with more light. Should use regular potting mix blended with sand or perlite, or a mix of peat and sand, or peat and perlite.

If you forgot to water yours for several months and it looks dead water it thoroughly and wait, it may be dormant.

In the wild it grows in rocky lightly shaded terrain and will survive in almost any lit part of your house. More light does equal more growth. It can even be grown in a south facing window.

Fertilize every one to two months.

Position in a dappled sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Zone 9 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Keep in mind when planting that Aroid palm is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Aroid palm to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Aroid palm from seed

Easiest way to start a new plant is from a leaf cutting, just stick in new soil and water.
May take about a year to start growing.3

Transplanting Aroid palm

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Aroid palm is a half hardy plant.

Common Aroid palm problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Aroid palm plants:

dropping leaves/leaflets: plant is being under watered and is going into dormancy. Watering the plant more will reverse this.1

root rot: caused by over watering and/or too rich soil. repot in better draining soil (washing away as much of the old as possible first).

Aroid palm Etymology

“ZZ” are the initials of it’s scientific name.

Aroid palm Folklore & Trivia

ZZ is neither a fern, a palm, nor Philodendron.1
It is NOT a desert plant.1 (nor is it a dessert plant).
It does NOT cause cancer. It is not dangerous to the touch.1
It is not ‘stemless’.1

Other names for Aroid palm

ZZ plant, Succulent philodendron, Arum Fern, Zee Zee plant, ZeZe plant, Zeezee Plant, Zu Zu Plant, Money Tree, Fat Boy, Eternity Plant, Zanzibar Gem, Chinese New Year Festive Plant, Chinese Gold Coin Plant.

Zamioculcas loddigesii, Zamiacaulcas zamiafolia, Zamioculcas lanceolata, Zamioculcas lancifolia, Caladium zamiaefolium

Misspellings: Zamioculcus

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