AROID PALM CARE&PROPOGATION - Knowledgebase Question

GARDEN CITY, MN
Question by joyp
June 30, 2007
I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE CARE AND PROPAGATION IS FOR THE AROID PALM?INSECTS AND DESEASES ARE A PROBLEM FOR IT! THANK YOU


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Answer from NGA
June 30, 2007

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Zamioculcas zamiifolia looks and resembles the cycad - Zamia furfuracea or cardboard palm. The species name "zamiifolia" means "with Zamia-like leaves". It is slow growing plant. Large plants can reach 3-4 feet in height. The base of the plant stalks are swollen from which the stem host dark green, naturally shiny leaves. It handles low light well and the plant even grows. Origin: Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Even though the plant does well in lower light levels, by placing it in brighter light it performs even better. Keep the plant away from any hot direct afternoon sun as the plant can burn. A good bright filtered afternoon sun would work well. Don't let this plant sit in water or stay wet. This plant is better if kept on the dry side. Seeds, leaf cuttings using the leaflets. Take the fallen leaves and insert them stalk side down in moist sand or peatmoss inside a container placed in indirect light. The leaves will root, form a tuber and within a year, a new leaf will emerge. At that point, it should be potted up. You will have a nice sized plant in a couple of years.

It has no specific insect or disease problems, especially when given good care.

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