Plant Care:

Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant)

Description:

ZZ plants function as great table top or floor plants. The average ZZ plant will grow to 3 or 4 feet tall, but can reach 5 feet. ZZ plants will tolerate neglect, are drought tolerant and  will tolerate low light conditions, making them a great choice for frequent travelers, those who occasionally forget to water, or for the office.

Botanical Classification: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Pets And Kids:

All parts of the ZZ plant are poisonous and not pet friendly!

Plant Parent Care Tips:

  • When in doubt, let it drought! The most common mistake made with these plants is overwatering.
  • Rotate your plant periodically to ensure even growth on all sides.
  • Dust plants often and inspect undersides of leaves for signs of pests.

General Care:

Water:

Water every 2-3 weeks. Let ZZ’s dry out completely between waterings. In low light environments, this can mean watering only 1x per month.

Sunlight:

ZZ plants do best in moderate to medium light. They will tolerate low light, but will have little new growth and leggy stems. No direct, hot sun or they will burn.

Placement:

ZZ plants aren’t fussy about their location. Because they can thrive on neglect, they are great for infrequently used spaces.

Food:

Fertilize once a month using half-strength liquid fertilizer while watering.

Common Issues:

Lower leaves turning yellow: A small amount of lower leaves turning yellow and falling is quite normal. If many leaves are turning yellow it may be due to overwatering.

Leaves turning brown: Overwatering is the most common cause here, especially if the leaflet feels a bit damp and not dry.

Interesting Fact

ZZ Plants are one of the most beneficial for your health too. They’ve been scientifically found to remove several volatile organic compounds from the air, so breathe easy!