How To Grow Zanzibar Gem


‘Zanzibar Gem’ (Zamioculcas zamifolia) is a beautiful type of cycad with thick, glossy green leaves. While Zanzibar Gem can be grown outdoors, it’s most often seen as an almost un-killable indoor plant. It’s been described as the ultimate indoor plant because of its tolerance to low light and lack of water.

In the wild it survives drought periods by disappearing almost completely and then re-sprouting from its underground, potato-like tubers when the rains eventually come. So, in the unlikely event that your Zanzibar Gem appears to have died, a good drink just might encourage it to start developing new shoots.

Position – Indoors in a well lit spot away from direct sunlight or, in frost-free gardens, grow Zanzibar Gem outdoors in semi shade
Water – Water occasionally, but allow the plant to dry out well between waterings. Water less frequently in winter and when the plant is growing in low light
Soil – Well drained.
Harvesting – N/A.
When To Grow – All year

How To Grow In A Pot:

Step 1: Zanzibar Gem will grow very happily in quite small pots (from 20 cm in diameter).
Step 2: Choose a spot that is well lit but away from direct sunlight.
Step 3: Fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter.
Step 4: Plant into pot and water in well.
Step 5: Feed Zanzibar Gem occasionally during the growing season (spring to autumn) with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food.
Step 4: Zanzibar Gem does not like wet feet so do not overwater. Only re-water when the potting mix feels dry.

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