Lepidozamia peroffskyana, Pineapple Zamia

Lepidozamia peroffskyana

Pineapple Zamia
Family: Zamiaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterRegular waterPalm or palm-like plant

Pineapple Zamia is a large and fast growing shrub (up to 5-10 ft tall) and in time may form a small tree (10-20 ft).

A native to Australia, Lepidozamia peroffskyana (Pineapple Zamia) is a large and fast growing shrub or small tree that carries cones that are among the largest of all cycad cones. Its long, dark green fronds usually reach around 10-20 ft in height and have a palm-like structure.

Pineapple Zamia is a hardy shrub and prefers well-drained soil but does not like to become too dry. It does best in a semi-shaded area and needs regular watering, especially during summer when it is active and growing. When planting in the ground, use moderate water throughout the year.

Those growing Pineapple Zamia in cold climates like USDA Zone 9-11 can try growing it in a large pot that can be easily shifted indoors for the winter season. Make sure the pot holds enough volume for the root system and has good drainage, as too much water could damage the roots of the plant. Throughout the winter season, use only enough water to keep the soil barely moist.

When caring for a Pineapple Zamia, keep in mind that it is very vulnerable to over-watering and should not be overwatered. As it is not tolerant of high salts, keep the soil around the plant free of fertilizers and salts. It is also sensitive to drastic temperature changes and cares should be taken while shifting the plant indoors or outdoors. Finally, use plenty of organic mulch to maintain the moisture in the soil, as it will help to avoid drought and nutrify the soil.

Lepidozamia peroffskyana, Pineapple Zamia

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