Plant Care Emerald Palm

Emerald Palm

4.9 out of 5 (541 experiences)

Emerald Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Emerald Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

Also known as

ZZ plant, ZZ plant, Zanzibar gem, Zuzu plant, aroid palm, eternity plant, emerald palm and Variegated ZZ plant


Zamioculcas zamiifolia

How to care for Emerald Palm


How often to water your Emerald Palm

Water needs for Emerald Palm
0.5 cups
every 12

Emerald Palm needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Emerald Palm

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for ZZ plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Emerald Palm: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Emerald Palm can tolerate being far from a window and light source.

Place it less than 6 feet from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive đź’Ş.

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How to fertilize Emerald Palm

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Emerald Palm: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Emerald Palm after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Emerald Palm is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for Emerald Palm

Emerald Palm

Emerald Palm

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Emerald Palm has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 405
Emerald Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 237
Emerald Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 133
Emerald Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 63
Emerald Palm has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 39
Emerald Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 26
Emerald Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Emerald Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Blanca avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 381 XP
globe Atwater, California

Really love this plant it’s beautiful and easy to take care of. Just do not overwater does not like that!

Survivor Survivor
Peyton avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s almost impossible to kill this thing. One of my first plants in college and it thrives in all conditions. It’s growing pretty fast too, so that makes me feel accomplished!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Sharonoasis avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 128 XP
globe New York

It looks lovely but is a slow grower.

Justplanty avatar
leaf-1 91 Plants
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If you’re new to the plant world this plant is an amazing one to start with.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Madames.butterfli avatar
leaf-1 23 Plants
xp 658 XP
globe New York

Just water it and leave it out the sun. It will grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Thiago avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 320 XP

Low maintenance. No water for more than a month and still not thirsty!

Brooklyn avatar
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globe Bend, Oregon

Very easy to take care of because care is very intuitive and VERY regular (rather than indoor plants that need infrequent watering, making them harder to remember!) They need a larger pot almost every year though so get ready for some annual reporting!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Jenlcolon0825 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
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globe Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Gorgeous and very very green. Easy to care for

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Greg2005 avatar
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globe Gaithersburg, Maryland

I love đź’• ZZ

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

This has been one of the most low maintenance plants I’ve every owned. As someone who relies on pothos and snake plants to stay alive, I would add the zz plant to the list of “hard to kill, even if you have a brown thumb”. Not only has mine stayed alive despite my mild negligence, it has grown considerably. They don’t need a ton of light and are absolutely beautiful. 10/10 plant

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Amy avatar
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 446 XP
globe Greenville, South Carolina

This plant was attacked by a puppy that mistook it for something that should be dug up out of the pot and set free. I reduced it in pieces the roots were intact but the stems were not in good shape. I cut it down, while crying because it’s actually my daughter plant and she worked hard to keep it alive. I read that it was a slow grower but in 2 months it’s really grew. I reiki it with love often.

Survivor Survivor
Catalina0904 avatar
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Gastonia, North Carolina

This plant thrives in low light and does well with neglect. It only gave me trouble when I over watered it. Now it is back to it’s healthy self.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Keetnasmith avatar
leaf-1 75 Plants
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globe Reno, Nevada

The best way to take care of this plant is forget about it! Lol.

Survivor Survivor
Mary avatar
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globe York, South Carolina

Buy from reputable nursery in good soil. Grows quickly with limited light.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Dave avatar
leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 489 XP

Super easy to care for: low light tolerant and low water needs

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@Hootie hoot
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 531 XP
globe Westerville, Ohio

The ultimate beginner’s plant. One of my first plants! I think it is super beautiful and although it has the reputation of being a slow grower, with bright, indirect light, mine have grown several new shoots over the last year!

Survivor Survivor
Greendreams avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 820 XP

I love how I do not have to water it often and it always looks green and glossy! Great for beginners

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Sheila lady avatar
@Sheila lady
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Easton, Pennsylvania

Needed something for my living room on either side of of my fireplace which doesn’t get much direct light. A friend recommended the ZZ plant and these two, after being shipped from Florida, are doing beautifully. Already sprouting new leaves and acclimating well.

Survivor Survivor
Monica avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Pickering, Ontario

love that it’s minimal care - survives through a lot & always looks the same

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Mgrits65 avatar
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globe Athens, Georgia

If you kill a ZZ plant, you probably shouldn’t have plants! Great with neglect! I travel a lot and have someone to water my plants outdoors. I don’t worry about this one!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor

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