Zamophilia Super Black
This plant is known by the scientific name Zamioculcas zamiifolia and the English name Zanzibar gem and is native to East Africa. This plant is known from the ARACEAE family. It is interesting to know that it has a unique photosynthetic system called CAM which acts like cacti, this plant can be easily stored in places with low light. In addition, this plant has been called a super-strong plant due to its resistance to light and irrigation.
Zamophilia has leaf-shaped leaves that reach 40 to 60 cm in length. The color of the leaves is dark green with high gloss, and if you provide the ideal conditions for the plant, small yellow flowers that tend to be brown or bronze. You can see it.
Warning !! All parts of this plant are poisonous, so be careful when swallowed by children
Light suitable for Zamophilia
As we have said, it is a plant resistant to light, but it needs light to have the desired growth. By providing suitable light conditions for this plant, its stems will grow well and low light will cause the stems to be narrow, so the light is moderate. And provide filtered for the plant and be very careful of direct sunlight, especially on hot days of the year because it causes burns on the leaves.
Suitable growth temperature
In terms of temperature, this plant can show good resistance, but the best growth temperature of the plant is between 22 to 30 degrees Celsius, which is 22 degrees at night and 30 degrees during the day, if the day temperature is more than 26 degrees Celsius, be sure to spray. Do this on the leaves of the plant. Also, at noon and when the light falls on the leaves, spraying will damage the leaves.
Proper amount and irrigation
Zamophilia is resistant to low irrigation and the only factor that can stop this plant from watering a lot is to be careful in watering it. Because this plant stores water in its roots (it is in the form of a stem) and excessive watering will cause the roots and stems of the plant to rot. So between the two irrigations, allow the soil of the pot to dry completely and then start watering.
Note that the drainage of your pot should be perfectly adequate to prevent water from accumulating in the plant soil, so do not water the plant until the pot soil has dried.
Suitable soil for Zamophilia
For the same reason that we mentioned in the irrigation section, this plant needs highly drained soil that allows water to pass through it well, which can use cactus-specific soils or a combination of leaf soil + cocopeat and perlite. Use sand.
Humidity will create a good environment for the growth of this plant, but the humidity was low due to the presence of waxy leaves. The normal humidity for the storage environment is 50%. The plant can grow well, so try to put a pan full of water next to it. Provide moisture to the plant, of course, you can meet this need by spraying on hot days of the year.
Fertilization and feeding
This plant, like other houseplants, needs nutrition, but according to my experience in maintaining Zamophilia, try to use high phosphorus and potash fertilizers for nutrition. Note that too much phosphorus will cause root growth in the plant and rhizome It will grow your plants and this will increase the number of leaves in the plant. Of course, you can also use flowering fertilizers such as 20-20-20.
Pruning the plant
If you want to have a healthy plant, do annual pruning, but this is optional, but be sure to remove the yellowed and burnt leaves and rotten stems from the plant so that problems do not enter other parts.
This plant blooms very rarely and you must provide the ideal conditions for the plant to have useful flowers in summer. Its flowers are similar to other flowers of the Arasa family called Spadix.