Five months ago, my sister Juliet gave me a ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia); it was just an 8-inch long stem with 2 glossy green leaves. It is commonly called the Eternity Plant. My friend Hermi referred to it as Zamia; Gloria Vargas and Juliet called it interchangeably as the Welcome Plant or Fortune Plant due to the fact that most people put this cheerful-looking foliage near entrances, at least here in the Philippines. I potted that single stem with loam soil and decomposed rice hulls. Then, I placed it in a shady area near my gate.
There several things I’ve noticed with this plant.
- First, it likes bright light and tolerates low light.
- Second, its direct exposure to sunlight often results with scorched leaves.
- Third, this plant is cactus-like for it thrives even when neglected. (I didn’t water if for a week and it looked okay!)
- Fourth, regular watering makes it perform well, hence the glossy look of the leaves.
- Fifth, pests seemed to stay away from it.