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Learn how to take care for the ZZ Plant

Learn how to take care for the ZZ Plant.

The Zamioculcas zamiifolia – or ZZ plant — is a tropical perennial native to Eastern Africa that has become popular worldwide in recent years due to its tolerance of a wide range of conditions. The ZZ grows smooth, naturally shiny leaves that range from bright lime in their youth to an emerald green in their maturity. Individual leaflets are typically one to three inches long. They spring from thick, slightly bulbous stalks, which grow from large, water-storing rhizomes hidden underneath the soil. The ZZ is a highly dependable houseplant because it can tolerate low light and has low water requirements.

Learn how to take care for the ZZ Plant
General Care

Thrives in medium to low indirect light. Can tolerate bright indirect light. Not suited for intense, direct sun. 


Water every 2-3 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.


Don’t sweat it. Average home humidity is fine; can tolerate dry air.


Temperatures of 10°C-35°C. Average home temperature is suitable.


While growth is slow, the ZZ can reach 16”- 28”.

Common Problems

SYMPTOM: Wilting plant, dry potting mix

CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered

SYMPTOM: Wrinkled leaves

CAUSE: Thirsty plant, underwatered 

SYMPTOM: Yellowing and becoming mushy, wet potting mix

CAUSE: Root rot, overwatered 


Poisonous if ingested. Best practice is always to keep houseplants out of reach of small children and pets.

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