Zamioculcas zamiifolia called the ZZ Plant is perfect for a grand statement. It will thrive on neglect and not miss you when you go on vacation. Its shiny leaves provide a cheery note to a dark corner, but it will also flourish in bright light. Use a well-draining soil and don’t overwater this amazing plant.
plant that will survive in almost any light is the familiar Sansivieria, also
known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue or Snake Plant.
There are many varieties, and all require well-draining soil and limited
water. Find an attractive pot for this lovely
plant, and you will be pleased with the results. Just remember that you must not overwater it
and only fertilize with cactus fertilizer in the spring.
Many haworthias are also excellent choices for low-light areas. These dwarf succulents are amazing. All require well-draining soil and limited water. A top dressing of small pebbles or tumbled glass will enhance the appearance.
Haworthia retusa is a lovely, easy-to-grow form. Its triangular leaves are almost translucent. There are several varieties, and you will love all of them.
If I say ‘aloe,’ most will respond ‘vera,’ but I want you to consider other varieties. These succulents also require well-draining soil and limited water, and they will tolerate low light areas. Aloes do bloom but are primarily grown for their interesting foliage. Many hybrids have been developed, so don't become caught up too much in the names.
humilis is called Spider Aloe with its leaves extending in all directions. The
gray-green color is enhanced by the white ‘teeth’ along the edges. It will occasionally produce orange and yellow
of the aloes are edged with red teeth. Aloe
Christmas Sleigh is a striking example and has dark green leaves with red teeth along the edges and red
bumps on the leaves.
Aloe Blizzard lives up to its name. The leaves are shades of white and green with white teeth along the edges. This variety will multiply, and you can enjoy the bounty or share with a friend.
None of these plants thrive in darkness, so you may want to play ‘musical plant chairs’ to keep them happy. I do hope you will try one of many of these beautiful succulents as we begin this new year with hope and optimism. HAPPY NEW YEAR!