ZZ Raven - L
As black as a Raven. Clearly, the origin of its name makes no doubt! Clearly the "chic"-est plant in our greenhouse, with its dark and glowing leaves... it makes sense why it is so sought-after. Not even counting how easy it is to care for it. You can go for it without a doubt.
- Bright indirect light
- Moderate need in humidity
- Killing it would be remarkable
Origin : The precise geographical origin of this plant is quite hard to find. Some would say Tanzania, Africa. Some others say it could be endemic to lots of different places, which would explain why it is so easy to care for.
Personality : Killing it would be remarkable
Earmark : Its almost fully black leaves, obviously!
Say something smart : Did you know the ZZ plant is a caudex plant? Now there's that. The ZZ Raven itself was discovered in 2006 and we could call it a serendipity. In Korea, while propagating regular ZZ plants, one of them sprouted a fully black leaf. Setting it aside and multiplying it has been a success, and now this plant's a collector's must have.
A planter usually looks nice, but we recommend not to plant your new baby directly in one.
Leave it in its current pot until Spring, then ideally transfer it into a terracota pot with little drain holes when it looks cramped.
Finding its place
Brightness : Good level of brightness, but no direct sun. It is even able to survive some time in a low brightness environment.
Avoid letting it feel draughts near the windows and take it away from heating sources.
Humidity : 60 % or more.
Tip : Spray its leaves with water (ideally rain-water) occasionnaly..
Tip 2 : Place some wet clay pebbles under the pot, so they keep diffusing humidity.
Temperature : Min : 15°C | Max : 30°C |Ideal : 22-23°C
Watering (purely indicative, depends on your local environment): once a week in Spring/Summer, and once every 10 days in Autumn and Winter.
Tip : Put your knuckle in the ground. If it feels totally dry, add some water to keep the soil wet (but not soaking it). Careful not to overwater it, that could basically be one of the rare reasons for which you could kill it.