Adorned with elongated almond-shaped leaves, that zig-zag up tall slender stems gracefully arching outwards. The ZZ plant is a true plant staple.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Other Common Names: Zami, Zanzibar Gem, Emerald Palm
- Binomial Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
- Care Level: Easy
- Light: Bright, indirect to low
- Water: Allow soil to dry completely
- Pet Friendly: No
The ZZ plant brings an elegant charm with all the same qualities as the popular snake plant. Adorned with elongated almond-shaped leaves, that zig-zag up tall slender stems gracefully arching outwards. Air purifying, drought loving, and low light tolerance make the ZZ an ideal plant friend for just about any location.
PlantX Top Tip: The ZZ plant likes a tight-fitting pot. Refrain from re-potting your plant for as long as possible.
How to Care for ZZ Plant
- Light: Bright indirect light to low artificial light.
- Water: Water once a month or when the leaves have become slightly wrinkled. Allow soil to become completely dry in between watering.
- Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
- Temperature: Average from 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°F)
- Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
- Propagation: Division and stem cutting
- Repotting: Can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
- Cleaning Tip: Wipe the leaves down every couple of weeks to keep them glossy and free of pests.
- Toxicity: Toxic. Keep away from pets and children.
ZZ Plant - Common Problems
My ZZ plant is not growing: Fertilize on a monthly basis and ensure your plant is placed in a spot with bright, indirect light.
My plant is turning brown and very soft: This could be a sign of overwatering. Reduce watering immediately and allow the soil to fully dry out before watering again.
My plant is starting to shrivel: If your plant is starting to shrivel that usually means it’s time to water. Allow the top 1-2” of soil dry in between watering but once it starts to shrivel up, it’s definitely time to water!
Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.
Common Pests: Scale.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the ZZ plant good for the bedroom?
Yes, air purifying, drought loving, and low light tolerance make the ZZ an ideal plant friend for just about any location