Zamioculcas, not for desert but for apartment: a humble and beautiful plant, with a simple charm and which, with consistency, does not demand too much care but respect and the right attention that are reserved for those who bring joy into our lives and rooms. It is used to climates that alternate drought with intense rainy seasons, so it can only be a very resistant plant. It is also called, plan of Padre Pio: do you know why? I'll reveal it by the end of the article.
We have before our eyes a beautiful succulent plant that has always been very successful as a roommate in an apartment. There Zamioculcas it has fleshy stems, erect or arched, even 50-60 cm long. Its leaves are oval in shape not too elongated and green in color, with mostly dark shades.
Even in less than optimal conditions this plant resists and holds firm giving its green touch to the home, but let's not take it as an excuse to neglect it. Indeed, if we want to pamper it, let's host it in well-drained soils, mixed with sand or fine-grained pumice stone.
The botanical name of ours Zamioculcas it's just this: Zamioculcas zamiifolia. In truth, this plant has stolen the common name from a colleague, the zamia. This second plant has very similar leaves morphologically and at first sight it is possible to get confused. However, it should be clarified that they are not even relatives also because ours Zamioculcas is not a palm tree, the Zamia vera, indeed it is.
Zamioculcas: care and repotting
While stating that it does not require a lot of care, I still indicate some suggestions to cure it well Zamioculcas, able to withstand drought without problems, of course, but which does not tolerate water stagnation very much. This means that the watering of this plant must be done sensibly and never randomly, when we go, when we pass in front of its pot, when we remember it.
Only from March to October, water must be given to Zamioculcas and even at this stage it is better to feel if the soil is still wet or very dry. During the winter months, it is sufficient to water the sporadically Zamioculcas and even in this case, even more so, we check the ground with our fingers. Only in spring, small doses of fertilizer can be associated with the water, for plants such as Z., that is, poor in nitrogen, every two weeks.
For what concern repotting, it must be carried out every other year or at most every three years and in the period following winter. We proceed by extracting the block of earth and freeing the roots and then dividing them with a knife, eliminating the dry or rotten parts. Then everything is reassembled in the largest vase, watering and keeping it covered for about twenty days with a transparent plastic film. After repotting it is better not to immediately put the Zamioculcas in the sun.
Let's not forget the flower, which we haven't talked about yet, also because in the Zamioculcas that we keep in our homes it will be difficult to see their appearance. If this happens to you, you deserve our sincere congratulations! :-)
In nature, however, this plant serenely produces panicle inflorescences, partially wrapped in a clear film. The flowers are of white or greenish color, with a very similar appearance to those of the calla lilies.
April 14 Update: Flowery Zamioculcas!
... we are happy how much our readers take us literally as in this case: Mrs. Flavia Biagioni has managed to make her Zamioculcas and sent us a photo! Congratulations to Flavia and here is the photo of Zamioculcas flower out of "the envy of all our readers"! :-)
With the pruning I take this opportunity to reveal the mystery of the proximity of the Zamioculcas with Padre Pio. In fact, when the stems are cut, they produce a latex that resembles tears. Popular culture has associated this appearance with the figure of Father Pio and there are those who argue that St. Pius held one Zamioculcas in his cell.
There is not much evidence in favor of this story, indeed, in truth it would seem impossible all this because the Capuchin friar died in 1968 and the plant appeared in Italy after 1998.
Despite being a hardy plant, it is not one wonder plant, therefore it has its enemies and the worst are parasites such as cochineals, usually cottony, to be hunted with liquid soap or alcohol, or with mineral oil and insecticide. Most of the times that the Zamioculcas is not in excellent health, however, it is because something is wrong with thewatering, excessive or insufficient.
If its soil is always humid, the risk is that it will rot, even on the roots, until it dies. But when we keep the soil too dry, it's not as good and we can kill it with drought. We must learn, with willing attempts, ad water the plant only when necessary.
Simple, beautiful, tolerant and with an imaginative legend behind it, the Zamioculcas is a plant for adoption. It can be found online, easily purchased with a click also on Amazon. With 9 euros you become the owner of a "Zamioculcas zamiifolia" of African origin, about 30 - 40 cm high which will easily settle in our homes. Furnishing them with taste.
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