Zanzibar Gem with Pot and Tray

The Glasshouse

Zanzibar Gem with Pot and Tray


A Zanzibar gem plant with a Jeremy pot and tray – made by hand from Italian charcoal clay. This may vary slightly from the image.

In 1996, things weren’t looking great; ‘Take That’ split up, Charles and Di divorced, but there was hope on the horizon. A clever Dutch nursery found this handsome specimen in the arid grasslands of Africa and brought it back to Europe for propagation. The zamioculcas was set to revolutionise indoor plant collections. This drought resistant hero withstands infrequent watering and sun deprivation – and yet, its shiny green leaves bounce light around the room and are proven to significantly reduce toxins in the air. The zz plant is definitely not asleep on the job.


Grow your houseplant collection with help from The Glasshouse, a social enterprise creating opportunities for ex-offenders through horticulture. 

Their plants start life in the glasshouses at HM Prison East Sutton Park in Kent, where ex-offenders grow and nurture them. While working on the project, they train for a level 2 RHS horticultural qualification, learning everything from propagation to design. The programme is a stepping stone – away from past mistakes and the prospect of reoffending, towards a fresh start and employment in the future.

As well as the practical horticulture skills, hanging out with plants has some amazing benefits for people involved in the project too – as it can for everyone. Being close to nature and greenery can bring productivity levels up, anxiety levels down, fill the air with more oxygen and be a positive influence in many other ways. 

The Glasshouse continues to support ex-offenders who join their project beyond their time in the glasshouses too, helping the women keep moving forward upon release. The two things which most often lead to reoffending are lack of secure housing and employment. So, they help in linking people up with job placements and housing. 

Add to your houseplant family with one of their lovingly raised plants and know it’s already been a force for good.


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Total Height: approx 45cm

Easy care: plant advice included

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Scientific name: Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Origination: Zanzibar, Kenya and Tanzania, East Africa

Every plant: nurtured, potted and beautifully packaged in the prison glasshouses

The Glasshouse ship every Wednesday via Royal Mail

Packaging is plastic-free, recycled and recyclable

The Glasshouse story is included in every package.

Please note, to ensure the plants are the highest quality possible, there may be times where the specimen you receive is slightly different from that photographed, but the plant will be of the same family.