If you’re a novice green-thumb, this handsome, low-maintenance plant is the perfect housemate. At home indoors or in a shady spot in the garden, the Zanzibar Gem is a hardy hero with high-gloss foliage and fleshy stems. Green your office desk or bring some natural vivacity to your living room with this undemanding pot-friendly plant. Growing up to 60cm tall, this tropical gem cuts a dark-green, upright shape.
Here’s how to care for your hardy Zanzibar Gem.
The Zanzibar Gem is a hardy tropical plant, which thrives quite well on neglect. It can be placed in areas with low-light, but its ideal situation is average to bright indirect light. Avoid direct light as it will burn the plant.
The Zanzibar Gem does not require watering that often. In its natural environment, they can survive in drought periods. It’s quite easy to overwater these plants, so allow the soil to dry out between drenchings. Do a moisture check by dipping your finger into the soil; if the soil feels dry, it’s time to water. Soak the soil thoroughly and wait for the water to drain through, then empty any excess water sitting in the saucer to avoid root rot.
Ideally, your Zanzibar Gem would require a good soak once every 2-3 weeks, depending on your room environment. Water less frequently in winter and when it’s growing in low-light.
Temperature & Humidity
The Zanzibar Gem prefers warm temperatures and high humidity. It can tolerate dry and colder areas also.
Keep your Zanzibar Gem away from drafts of hot and cold air that can harm it.
Like any semi-permanent fixture in your house, plants need occasional dusting. To keep your Zanzibar Gem looking green and shiny, give its leaves some love; an occasional wipe with a cloth and lukewarm water. Prune any discoloured or yellowing leaves.
You can feed your Zanzibar Gem once or twice in the warmer months with a liquid fertiliser diluted to the half the recommended strength.