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Re: [Aroid-l] Zamioculcas zamiifolia- Request for growth conditions

Tom, my daughter gave me one about two years ago.  I read everything i could find and according to what I can locate Zamioculcas zamiifolia enjoys drier arid conditions.  Supposedly, it likes water in the rainy season and little moisture during the dry season.  That just didn't fit into the way I grow aroids in my tropical atrium, so I just planted it!  In fact, it is just feet away from my large Anthurium regale.
The plant is watered as often as all the other tropical aroids and does just fine!  It is in very loose soil with lots of sand added.  But other than that, we don't do anything special. 
To be honest, I wasn't crazy about the thing.  But my daughter read it was an aroid so she got it for me.  It may eventually not survive, but for several years it has tolerated my "tropical conditions" well.
Steve Lucas
----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Croat
Sent: Friday, August 03, 2007 4:00 PM
Subject: [Aroid-l] Zamioculcas zamiifolia- Request for growth conditions

Dear Aroiders:


            A colleague here at the Gardens asks what are the best soil conditions and general care for this species.  We have it in the greenhouse where it thrives but do any of you grow it in your house.  Does it require special care?


            I would appreciate it if anyone has any advise.




Tom Croat, P. A. Schulze Curator of Botany 

Missouri Botanical Garden

Box 299, St. Louis, Missouri 63116

(314) 577-5163


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