The unusual zeze plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, looks nothing like its relatives, such as aglaonema, philodendron and spathiphyllum. Also known as an eternity plant, it more closely resembles cycads, and at first glance you might think it’s a variety of cardboard palm. Its exotic appearance suggests it might be a difficult keeper. But even the greenest novice with the brownest thumb can proudly succeed in growing and caring for a zeze.
Pot the zeze plant in a clay container with a good commercial soil mix. A product containing about 60 percent sphagnum moss and 20 percent each of Vermiculite and Perlite is ideal. A pH range of 6.0 to 7.0 is preferred. Clay pots provide the best drainage for container plants.
Place your zeze in the brightest location available, out of direct sun. While this plant will tolerate low light, the more light it receives, the better. Give the plant ample room to spread its limbs comfortably.
Provide a warm spot for this plant, between 68 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Zeze requires low humidity levels, around 30 percent, so most indoor environments are quite suitable.
Water the zeze plant only when the soil has completely dried out. Don’t allow it to stand in water. If leaves begin to yellow, you’re watering too much.
Wipe dust from the plant’s naturally glossy leaves with a damp cloth. Don’t use leaf polish.
Repot older zeze plants when tubers and suckers begin to crowd the container.