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Introducing the Zanzibar Gem™ - the indestructible plant that thrives on neglect!

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If you have been searching for a great indoor plant that not only looks great, but needs only minimal care, then our brand new Zanzibar Gem™ (zamioculcas zamiifolia) could be just what you are looking for. Available for the first time in New Zealand, you can enjoy all the benefits of having a beautiful ornamental plant, without all the hassle of constant maintenance.

 

A plant of distinguished features, the Zanzibar Gem™ stands out from its counterparts with its unique spiral structure and high gloss, deep green foliage, it grows 60-90cm tall. Awarded House Plant of the Year the Zanzibar Gem™ is resilient against drought, neglect, dry air, low light and bugs! Impressively, the Zanzibar Gem™ also acts as a bio-filtration system that works to purify the air. This makes it extremely appealing for office environments, retail complexes, retirement centres, hospitals, schools and homes.

 
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Zanzibar Gem™ plants are not known to be subject to insect pests or plant diseases. We've never seen any on our plants before! STOP and marvel at that concept for a second!

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These plants will continue to survive, even if you forget to water them for months at a time! The Zanzibar Gem™ prefers to be on the dry side and too much watering can result in the leaves turning yellow. The plants have potato-like tubers under the soil which store the water and allows the plant to survive extremely long periods without a drink. Watering once every two months is plenty.

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The Zanzibar Gem™ is perfectly at home in low light situations, meaning you can enjoy the benefits of having appealing plants and clean air in any room! Although if you would like it to continue to grow it is best placed in bright, indirect light.

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The amazing bio-filtration system Zanzibar Gems™ create through their root-zone within the soil produce clean indoor air! Research has shown the use of Zanzibar Gems™ as an adaptive, self-regulating, portable, low-cost and sustainable filtration system for improving indoor air quality.

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Want to know how indoor pot plants can benefit your health?
Continue reading to find out...

 

Why worry about the quality of the indoor air you breathe?


As urban dwellers we spend up to 90% of our time indoors - at home, in school or at the office. Research has shown that the air we breathe inside is typically more highly polluted than outdoor air.1 Polluted outdoor air makes its way indoors, and is amplified by indoor derived contaminants, mainly volatile organic compounds (VOCs), released from plastics, paints, glues, computers, etc – over 250 VOCs have been identified in a typical environment! Disturbingly, these chemical mixtures can cause ‘building related illness ‘ and symptoms of headaches, sore eyes, nose and throat, and loss of concentration.2 This makes the quality of the indoor air we breathe a major health consideration.


Indoor plants act as clean air machines


The aesthetic value of indoor pot plants is easily seen. However, the unseen ability of indoor plants to improve indoor air quality has never been conclusively quantified until recently.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) engaged Bill Wolverton to conduct research into the effects of indoor plants in combating pollution. It was consistently shown that living pot plants removed up to 90% of several toxic chemicals from indoor air, such as benzene, formaldhyde and trichlorethylene.3

Margaret Burchett and her team at the University of Technology Sydney conducted further research into the use of pot-plants as an active and affordable process for improving indoor air quality. Tests were extensively conducted using the Zanzibar Gem™. Professor Burchett and her team found that indoor pot plants including the Zanzibar Gem™ can reduce air pollutants by as much as 80%, CO2 levels by 10-25%, and carbon monoxide levels by up to 90%.4

Research found that 3 plants were the minimum number required in an office to reduce VOCs, furthermore all sized plants are equally effective, so big or small, you will still get the same results. Professor Burchett states that plants with more foliage filtered the air better than those with less foliage, so the abundant leaves of the Zanzibar Gem™ make it an ideal bio-filter!


Major health and well being benefits of interior plants:

 

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Original urban garden blogging male, Mr Brown Thumb of Chicago, writes...

 

"I've often read that after a nuclear holocaust the only thing to survive would be roaches. I wouldn't be surprised to discover that the ZZ plant can withstand such an event and be one of two things to survive. I don't think it is possible to kill a ZZ plant but if you kill a ZZ plant maybe you should take up computers or crocheting as a hobby and leave houseplants alone.

 

When I bought my ZZ plant in the spring I brought it home and placed it in an east facing window and kept the shade drawn for two weeks and didn't water it. After two weeks nothing happened so I took the plant outside and left it on the porch where it received full sun and was watered by the rains. For the past two weeks it has been growing back inside in a west facing, low light, window and the ZZ plant has only lost one leaf since the spring. I don't recommend treating your houseplants like this I only did it to test how tough of a houseplant the ZZ plant really was. To my surprise my ZZ plant lived up to the hype and is even sending out new growth."

 

Check out Mr Brown Thumbs blog here for more of his commentary on the Zanzibar Gem™ and gardening in general!

 
Tips

copydoodlesaccessclub asterisk 3 becky 1 Zanzibars like a constant warm, dry temperature. Choose an indoor spot that is not in direct sunlight - the plant does best in partial or filtered sun. The Zanzibar Gem™ will survive in the dark but it won't continue to grow.

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copydoodlesaccessclub asterisk 3 becky 1 Allow the plant to dry out well between watering. Watering once every two months is plenty.

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copydoodlesaccessclub asterisk 3 becky 1 Don't use leaf shiners, as the leaves are naturally shiny and do not like a lot of chemicals. If necessary, wipe them with a damp cloth.

copydoodlesaccessclub asterisk 3 becky 1 Make sure that the pot and soil you use have good drainage.

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** For wholesale/bulk orders please contact us on 09 412 2664 or sales@vanlier.co.nz

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We are so confident that the Zanzibar Gem is indestructible that we are offering a 100% money back guarantee if your brown thumbs don’t turn green with this plant! If you achieve the unachievable and manage to kill your Zanzibar Gem, simply return it to us, along with the receipt, and we will refund your money.




 

1Environmental Australia (EA), (2003) as cited in: Tarran, J., Torpy, F. & Burchett, M. (2007). Use of living pot-plants to cleanse indoor air - research review. Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings, Sendai, Japan, 28-31 October 2007,, vol. III, pp. 249-256.
2 Tarran, J., Torpy, F. & Burchett, M. (2007). Use of living pot-plants to cleanse indoor air - research review. Proceedings of 6th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality, Ventilation & Energy Conservation in Buildings, Sendai, Japan, 28-31 October 2007,, vol. III, pp. 249-256.
3 Wolverton, B.C., Johnson, A., & Bounds, K. (1989). Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Air Pollution Abatement, Final Report. NASA Stennis Space Centre MS, USA.
4 Burchett, M., Tarran, J., & Torpy, F. (2007). Potted-Plants Improve Indoor Environmental Quality. Research Review and Sponsorship Opportunities. University of Technology, Sydney.
 
 

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