Money Plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Zamiioculcas zamiifolia, is also called money plant in China, popularized worldwide for its good meaning and evergreen.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia is commonly known as the ZZ plant due to its unusual scientific name with both names beginning with a "Z", Some sellers advertise Zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZAM-e-o-CUL-cas, ZAM-e-eye-FOL-e-a) as a "new plant" but in truth, Zamioculcas zamiifolia has been around since the beginning of time. It has only been commercially sold since the year 2000 but the species was described to science in 1905. Zamioculcas zamiifolia is an unusual aroid found naturally in eastern Africa primarily in the countries of Zanzibar and Tanzania. True, those countries have a dry period but it does not last year round, there is also a very wet period of heavy rain.
Houseplant Cultural information:
If your in the market for a really neat plant that is hardy, requires very little care and truly easy to grow, pickup a ZZ plant the next time you visit the local greenhouse. ZZ is also called the Eternity Plant because it lasts an eternity.
What makes the ZZ plant so easy to grow is that it thrives in nearly any lighting condition except total darkness. It doesn't get bugs. The ZZ plant requires a minimum of care in terms of watering and fertilizing.
ZZ plants will adapt to nearly any lighting condition except total darkness. In my opinion I feel the ZZ plant should be placed in bright filtered light for best long-term plant health.
The reason the ZZ plant requires very little is because the plant grows from a large tuber similar to a potato that stores water every time the plant is watered. This tuber acts like a little reservoir giving up its water as the plant needs it. With this in mind let the soil dry down completely between waterings. Then water thoroughly all the way around the plant allowing plenty of water to run from the drain holes into the drip tray. If the ZZ plant has not taken up the excess water in the drip tray within a couple of hours it should be remove to help prevent root rot.
ZZ plants are easy to propagate. Simply remove the plant from the pot and break the tubers away from each other. Replant the tubers in any good well drained houseplant potting soil. Water in the transplants and set them in bright indirect light. That's it!
Common houseplant pests can include:
I've not seen a Zamioculcas zamiifolia with bugs.