Sunday, June 21, 2009

My new baby!

I was in a rush to get to work. I stopped in my tracks and almost gasped upon first sight.

Peering through a cramped storefront window our eyes fatefully met. Full-figured, tall, gorgeous.....and oh-so green!

Silly! I'm talking about the one, the only........ZZ plant!!

Here's a picture of my newest "child" which I purchased earlier in the week.

Its full Latin name is Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or "ZZ plant" for short.

This has got to be one of the easiest houseplants to grow yet not the easiest to find. I was so shocked and thrilled when I saw this for sale at a downtown flower shop. For $35 this was an absolute steal!

Pest and disease resistant. Naturally shiny, dark green leaves. Can grow in extremely low light levels. Stores water in its rhizome so it doesn't need to be watered all that much. What's not to love?

It's close to three feet tall already and ridiculously full, almost packed, with a multitude of fat juicy stalks.

Close-up shot! Such shiny leaves you have!

And the best part?

Each leaf can be individually rooted! If I plucked off and propagated ALL of the leaves on this I could have hundreds and hundreds of baby ZZ plants! The thought fills me with wild laughter!

Woooahhahaaahahaahahahahahahahahaha!!!! I told you!

Every time I see my new baby it brings a smile to my face.

Now isn't it about time you got your own? Remember, houseplants are better than people. They won't hurt or abandon you and they purify the air! (^_^)

Welcome to the Grey family, my dear ZZ plant!


Dolores said...

I've never heard of this plant before and it sounds like the absolute perfect plant. I have a few people I know who would benefit from a ZZ pland since they seem to kill off any that they get. Wouldn't mind one myself. Hmmmm I wonder if it would cross the border successfully...

naturgesetz said...

I didn't even know the Grey family was expecting! LOL

But it is a nice-looking baby.

Don't pull all its leaves off, though.

I've had houseplants. I've managed to keep some poinsettias alive for a couple of years. But eventually I forget to water the plants for a little too long. Maybe a ZZ is just what I need.

Kathleen Coy said...

Very interesting! I don't think I've ever seen this plant before, but it sounds perfect for me... I don't have much natural light in this house because of the huge trees that surround it. Congrats on your new "baby" Dean, it's very pretty!

Meeko Fabulous said...

Hi Dean! It's lovely. I'm going to have to be on the lookout for one of those! Although I've gotten pretty good at not killing my plants anymore. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dean! That sounds like a plant I wouldn't be able to kill off...not very green thumbed! I love how you can clone them, like little invisible green armies, lol!

Tracey Clarke said...

I love a man with horticulture skills! ;)...I just bought some sort of succulent and. sadly, am certain it will be dead by the end of the month.

Dean Grey said...


I'm sure they must sell these in Canada.

I recommend looking at a quality nursery.



Keeping poinsettias alive for a couple years is no small feat!

You may have more of a green thumb than you realize.



It does quite well in low light levels. Sounds perfect for your living conditions.

Also, try "Cast Iron Plants" and "Chinese Evergreens". Both of those are low-light houseplants as well.


Meeko Fabulous!

They make perfect office plants too!



The ZZ plant is almost unkillable!



A ZZ plant might be just what you need!


I appreciate everyone's enthusiasm for my new "baby"!


Carolina said...

Hi Dean!
Plants are one of my favorite subjects... I also never heard about this one, and also would love to have one at home... I'll do a little research to know where it comes from, now I'm intrigued...
Best regards,

Gwen Bell said...

Congratulations on your new addition!

I've been seeing these popping up all over Dallas in Malls, etc., and wondered what they were because they are so beautiful and have such an unusual leaf system. They almost look like they could grow in some Primeval Forest.

MartininBroda said...

Sorry my enthusiasm is more about your last remark (...and they purify the air!). It’s nice to quote.

L.Holm said...

Hurray for ZZ Grey! Certainly found a loving home!
I've never heard of these, Dean. Love learning about this hardy beauty. Thanks.

Dean Grey said...


I hope you find one!



It's no surprise you see these in malls. Malls tend to use plants that are especially hardy and can survive with little light and water.



Well, they do purify the air!


Liz (L.Holm)!

You're quite welcome!


Thanks for stopping by, everyone!


Verily I go. said...

Just a hi. Seriously sorry. I'm in love with you well maybe, all I saw was donut (sorry not the cook)., never mind, leaving. Will get the ZZ, thanks.

Manon said...

I love your new baby! Never heard of it! I can't get my own because I don't have that green thumb that I!

artbyakiko said...

Hi Dean! Congrats on your new baby. It's beautiful. How tall is it? I have never heard of this plant either. My house is not a great place for any plant. Only house plants we get are catnip and oats. They last for about a week, if they are lucky. lol

Dean Grey said...

Verily I go!

Thanks for stopping by! Please come again!



This is exactly why you SHOULD get this plant. It is so hard to kill. Perfect for anyone without a green thumb.



When I purchased it, the plant was close to three feet already. I believe they don't get much taller than that.


Not sure how long ZZ plants can last against cats though!


I appreciate you three joining in on the discussion!


Doomed But Cheerful! said...

Hysterical! I love the idea of propagating this plant to the nth degree, and making a financial killing! Sadly, I can't buy a leaf from you by post, due to customs regs here in NZ, else I would make you an offer - ZZ looks lovely, and now I will lust after one until I find one!
Perhaps you can do some ACEOs of them, and sell them inside continental US with a leaf, ready for rooting? (Yes - a brilliant idea - I will wave my normal 5% - just this once!)
Have a wonderful day.
G =]

Dean Grey said...

Doomed But Cheerful!

Good idea! LOL

They must sell these plants outside of the U.S. too. Right?

Try looking online if all else fails. Hope you can find one!


Unknown said...

Adoption - that is how I got my son and my pets.

Dean Grey said...



I still have this particular plant, although it's not as full anymore. It had a good run though!