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Zanzibar Gems (aka ZZ Plants) – just how indestructible are they?
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

On every list of "indestructible" houseplants, living Zanzibar Gems (aka ZZ Plants) still require a minimum of comfort to live up to it's nickname as the Eternity Plant. Here are the most common issues you'll see when maintaining their light-water balance.  

  • Yellowing leaves - your plant is getting too much water. Allow the soil to dry completely between waterings, which can sometimes take 2-4 weeks and even longer during winter. Aerate the soil occasionally to encourage air flow and keep away from cold temperatures.

  • Limping fronds - not enough water. Give your plant a shower and allow the water to run completely through. Adjust your watering schedule or amounts, and stake the limping stems to help them retake their shape. If they don't perk back up, trim them off, leaving your plant more energy for new growth. 

  • Brown spots - these are typically cosmetic blemishes, not a sign of any ailment. Older leaves may also brown or yellow as they age, you can remove these without harm, and continue to enjoy the overall beauty of your Zanzibar Gem.

  • Bulging roots - they have big roots and they cannot lie! This natural feature allows the ZZ to hold water longer and handle neglect well, thus giving them the reputation of being "indestructible". Once you see roots circling the bottom of the pot, it's time to repot and give them more space. 


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ZANZIBAR GEM

Long and graceful wandlike stems with lush fleshy leaves, resembling a group of feathers, the Zanzibar Gem is a near indestructible indoor plant.

Rotating your plants in the winter
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Rotating indoor plants is always a good idea, but during shorter winter days and sometimes gloomy periods, it’s more necessary than ever. Here are a few tips for how and why to rotate your houseplants:

  • Does one side of your plant look nicer than the other? Try leaving the less bushy side facing the window for a bit longer than usual to even things out. Hint: You can always turn your plant back around when people visit to put its best face forward. 

  • Do any of your plant stems seem to be leaning or growing more on the sides closer to the windows? Plants will always follow the sun, so this is normal if you're not rotating them for even light exposure.

  • While you're there, take a second to dust off the leaves so your plants can soak in more light, and give any brown tips a trim as these tend to appear more during winter.


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ZANZIBAR GEM

Long and graceful wandlike stems with lush fleshy leaves, resembling a group of feathers, the Zanzibar Gem is a near indestructible indoor plant.

Plant Care Tip #47: Temperature Control
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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Just like a certain pop singer we're hot, and then we're cold (especially during California winters). This drastic change in sensations will quickly have us reaching for the thermostat, but before you do, consider how your plants might react to the roller coaster ride of temperatures.

  • Some indoor plants enjoy balmier temps and thrive in warmer and sunnier conditions. Think Money Trees, Cacti, some Palm varieties and Succulents. If you have any of these in your collection, make sure you adjust your heating (or placement near a window for more sun) during the colder months. This helps accommodate for the lack of warmth. 

  • Others can survive colder temps if needed - think Sansevieria, Cast Irons, Zanzibar Gems, and Silver Evergreens. They do fine with winter temps, but you may need to water less. 

  • Most indoor plants are happiest in temperatures that falls somewhere in between hot and cold. *Cue Miss Rhode Island from Miss Congeniality and her idea of a perfect date: "April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." Our plant babies don't have a huge selection when it comes to jackets though, so we recommend keeping them happy with indoor temps somewhere between 65º-75º F. 

  • *Pro tip*: Whether you're adjusting temps up or down in your space, make sure you don't sacrifice humidity! Blasting the heat or the AC will dry out the air, and that will cause most plants to wilt, dry out, or drop leaves!


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LARGE ZANZIBAR GEM

Long and graceful wandlike stems with lush fleshy leaves, resembling a group of feathers, the Zanzibar Gem is a near indestructible indoor plant.

Green & Trendy in 2018
Photo by  Essential Home  

Photo by Essential Home 

In our previous blog (Fresh Us, Fresh You), we talked about how to better yourself in 2018. To further that notion, we’re sticking to our resolution of providing trendy suggestions that can impact your interiors.

Pull from some of this year’s latest trends to set-up the right vibe for your home or office. If you recognize how to work with what you’ve got, while adding statement items where necessary, you too can accomplish the perfect interior harmony.

To help elevate the ordinary in your space, we’ve compiled our 2018 design recommendations from some of the industry’s leading all-stars:

In Vogue, Alex Papachristidis said:

“Green has been missing from the market lately. It’s a color that I love and will always use and I feel it’s making a comeback. It’s such an important color because it brings nature indoors and into the home.”

Right photo by  @hiltoncarter  left photo  Bird of Paradise  by  Léon & George       

Right photo by @hiltoncarter left photo Bird of Paradise by Léon & George      

In Homes to Love, Emma Vidgen writes:

“As our lives become more hectic and reliant on technology, our desire to reconnect with nature and return to a simpler way of life will be reflected in the design and style of our homes.”

Right photo by  Coco Lapine design  left photo  Monstera Deliciosa  by Léon & George

Right photo by Coco Lapine design left photo Monstera Deliciosa by Léon & George

In the National, Rin Hamburg suggests you:

“Use plants liberally to inject life into your home, but don’t just stick them anywhere. Create large groupings to turn them into a feature, or even max out with a living wall. Alternatively, think of unusual ways to display your plants – hang them from the ceiling or choose unexpected decorative pots. You can also mirror live plants with touches of botanical prints.”

Left photo by  California Home Design , middle photo  Snake Plant  by Léon & George, right photo  Leo's Oyster Bar  in San Francisco, CA

Left photo by California Home Design, middle photo Snake Plant by Léon & George, right photo Leo's Oyster Bar in San Francisco, CA

When revitalizing any space, houseplants are the most direct way to bring nature indoors! A safe place to start is with easy-care plants that fit in even the shadiest of corners in any home or office. Want to be bold? Our large statement plants are an immediate eye-catcher and they make a luscious focal point for any room. Does your apartment lack the floor real estate necessary to house a larger plant? Have no fear - consider some of our NEW tabletop pieces as they are easily workable in confined spaces.

Left photo  Braided Money Tree , middle photo  Zanzibar Gem , and right photo  Peace Lily  by Léon & George

Left photo Braided Money Tree, middle photo Zanzibar Gem, and right photo Peace Lily by Léon & George

Increasing your collection of greenery is a sure way to re-vamp any interior environment this year! Use the tips we’ve compiled to help liven up your home or office, after all, when you’re in a positive place, you’re more likely to pollinate others with your vibrance.

Happy decorating!