We have a large range of indoor plants that are stocked regularly, but availability may vary depending on the season, including the Zanzibar Gem, aka the ZZ Plant.

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The Zanzibar Gem, also known as the ZZ plant, is a house plant best known for its oval-shaped leaves that are wide, shiny and grow upward and is a low maintenance plant. The leaves appear waxy, are spotless, and have such a lush green colour that the plant may often look artificial. However, you won’t need to repot it often as they are slow-growing.

ZZ Plant Care

ZZ plants are ideal for those looking for low-maintenance houseplants that even the most inexperienced gardener can keep alive, they thrive on neglect. They simply need sufficient light and, every few weeks, adequate watering. The Zanzibar Gem grows from rhizomes and is an extremely drought-tolerant plant. It is naturally grown in Africa in the open outdoors, but they are ideal for growing indoors.


ZZ plants have very shiny leaves, but dust can gather and give a dull appearance if not dusted every few weeks. Never use leaf shine when cleaning the ZZ plant, as it will result in the plant’s pores becoming clogged. Instead, a gentle rub down with a damp cloth is the recommended way to clean this plant.

Lighting Soil and Humidity for the Zanzibar Gem

ZZ plants can survive with very little natural light but definitely seems to thrive with indirect light in a bright area. In addition, they are hardy and can withstand a wide array of lighting conditions, making them ideal for the indoors.

Regular potting mixes are more than adequate for the Zanzibar Gem, and they will grow in most potts, provided there is adequate drainage. As mentioned, they are extremely drought tolerant and can survive for months without water, but we recommend watering once a week. Their natural habitat is humid, but they don’t require high humidity as they naturally store water. Their weakness is the cold weather, so they are best kept inside.

How To Maintain Your Zanzibar Gem

The Zanzibar Gem doesn’t take too much sun exposure and prefers low light. If your Zanzibar Gem has already developed an intense green colour, it is an indication that the roots have just been exposed to high levels of humidity. It would help if you tried to place your Zanzibar Gem in a different location with lower humidity, placed under a shaded tree with low light. You will notice that the roots of your plant may have already developed deep, green colouration. The leaves and flowers will stay green, but the colour will begin to change from purple to yellow before it turns brown. Do not worry too much about the browning, as your Zanzibar Gem is still a beautiful gem, and it will soon turn back to its original bluish colour.. In their natural habitat, they will survive in dry drought conditions. However, this isn’t the case here, as the sandstone is very prone to drying out between short droughts. For this reason, it is extremely important to give the plants plenty of water between watering. Also, do a regular moisture check by dipping your finger in the soil; it is time for you to water if the soil feels dry. There is no real need to fuss as they seem to thrive on neglect. 


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