Succulents

Zamia

How much to water the zamia

Water the beautiful zamia plant every 10 days without exaggerating so as not to form stagnant water. Dissolved in water, it is good to add fertilizer for succulents every twenty days, but only starting from March until October. The soil must not always be moist to avoid root rot, but it must also not be too dry to avoid the risk of weak leaves and weaken the plant. So, water the land when it is absolutely dry. In winter, if the zamia is outside, it is better not to water it; while at home only in case of dry earth. As for pruning, this is not mandatory, but only the removal of dry or damaged leaves will be necessary. The zamia it is a plant that adapts easily, even if it prefers soft and drained soils.

Cultivation of the zamia


The cultivation of the zamia can be carried out by seed, but above all it takes place by cuttings. In fact, the leaves are taken in autumn and planted straight in a mixture of sand and peat. A root will then grow in the soil which forms the new zamia in spring. However, the plant is often grown in the pot to be able to move it from the inside to the outside and vice versa. Repotting should be done every three years, while the propagation of the zamia can take place by removing the rhizomes of adult plants and then planting them in the pot. The same pot with earth and cutting is closed in a bag so as not to disperse the humidity. Also for this operation the cultivation of the zamia proves to be very slow, in fact from the moment in which the new bulbs will be seen in the ground, the plants will grow in spring.

Fertilize the zamia


The zamia is an indoor plant formed by beautiful glossy and green leaves, while at the base it has large rhizomes that are nothing more than the propagation of the roots. The same rhizomes give us the cuttings to create new plants. The flowers, on the other hand, are not very evident and usually appear in summer and autumn. The zamia loves a soft soil, perhaps like that specific for succulents, but also gladly accepts peat and sand compounds. Fertilization must be carried out every month in spring and summer with a fertilizer rich in elements and possibly liquid to be mixed with water for watering. The fertilizer will be distributed only on the soil, being careful not to place it on the roots because otherwise they would be damaged;

Zamia: Diseases and parasites of the zamia


The zamia plant prefers to stay in the light, but away from direct sunlight so as not to damage the leaves. At home it is advisable to place it in a bright place or in an area with little light because in any case the zamia fits equally well. Of course, if the light does not bother them and therefore it is not direct, it can help the plant in its growth. In spring it is best to leave it outdoors in the semi-shade, while in autumn it should be sheltered from the cold at home. The zamia can be attacked by cochineal and root rot although it usually resists and defends itself very well from parasites. However, the cochineal is a parasite that when it occurs on the plant forms spots on the branches and, like aphids, sucks the sap. It is right to fight it with insecticides and regulate watering.

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