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  Re: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
From: markdim at azstarnet.com (Mark A. Dimmitt) on 1997.05.07 at 05:30:39(724)
Dear aroiders,

Here's another variation to look for. The first plant I had was extremely
brittle. It was difficult to move without breaking off leaflets. When my
two kittens discovered this trait, they destroyed a large plant in a week.

The clone I have now was collected by Huntington Botanical Garden in Kenyan
grassland. It's very durable and difficult to break. And this is not a
matter of hydration status and drought-deciduation. I once withheld water
from this plant for three months in summer, in order to shrink it so I could
remove it from a good pot. It never lost any leaflets from this abuse.
(Nor did it shrink enough to unpot it.)

For this reason I now call Zz the perfect house plant for black thumb
gardeners (or people who travel a lot and don't hire plant-sitters).


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