Plant Care Emerald Palm

Emerald Palm

4.9 out of 5 (655 experiences)

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

About Emerald Palm

ZZ plants have survived 42 million years of plant pathogens, pests, and climate change. Their resilience and ability to tolerate water stress and low light has elevated them to international horticultural importance! Out of 15 plants tested, the ZZ plant was the best at absorbing and removing out of the air a major component found in gasoline. ⛽️

Taxonomy

Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Zamioculcas
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

ZZ Plant, ZZ Plant, Zanzibar gem, Zuzu plant, Aroid Palm and Eternity Plant

How to care for Emerald Palm

Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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 💪.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Emerald Palm in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

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.

FAQs
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:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 6ft from a window

Nutrients

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 486
Emerald Palm has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 284
Emerald Palm has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 150
Emerald Palm has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 74
Emerald Palm has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 31
Emerald Palm has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
Emerald Palm has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Notablegray avatar
@Notablegray
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Holly Springs, NC
04/06/2022

Gorgeous plant

Pureagboy avatar
@Pureagboy
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Townsend, DE
03/30/2022

This plant loves low light, plant food when watering 1x every 1-2 weeks.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Iwhilby2021 avatar
@Iwhilby2021
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 5,192 XP
03/21/2022

I love Zz plants. They are easy to care for. Typically need watering once per month.

Survivor Survivor
Agatha avatar
@Agatha
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP
03/20/2022

A plant that neither does nor grows, lol.
Depending on who you are that will sound boring or ideal.
Truly thrives on neglect.
Personally I love mine, it fills out my plant area, always looks green and healthy.

Survivor Survivor
Eaterofseed avatar
@Eaterofseed
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 148 XP
globe North Miami, FL
03/15/2022

It cool and sexy and grow swaggily

Easy for amateur grower and does not call you mean names like “stinky meat bag” or “non photosynthsizer”

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@Purplebutterfly
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Orillia, Ontario
03/14/2022

This is an easy going plant doesn’t need a lot of attention. Let the soil completely dry out in between waterings and provide plenty of drainage for your Zz plant.

Keep out of reach of your cats and dogs (and children) as it can be harmful when consumed.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Vavavivacious avatar
@Vavavivacious
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 1,247 XP
03/12/2022

I’ve had my ZZ for a year and a half now, overwatered once and thought I was going to lose her, but she bounced back! Let ZZs dry out between waters and be sure to trim dying leaves off immediately when you see them. Also, if a whole stem is dying, prune right down to soil, or a little bit underneath, then cover over with some soil - it’ll grow right back. When pruning, be sure to use the right size shears because ZZs do not like jagged cuts.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 6,306 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
03/03/2022

Beautiful dark green, waxy leaves. And as a succulent, it doesn’t require much attention, but thrives just as well. A happy plant 🌱

Survivor Survivor
Lexieee avatar
@Lexieee
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 130 XP
02/16/2022

I have neglected this plant for so long and it's as happy as can be.

Survivor Survivor
Simplepleasure avatar
@Simplepleasure
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 1,591 XP
globe Springfield, IL
02/06/2022

Easy care, seems to thrive on neglect! Deep green, shiny leaves.

Survivor Survivor
Amg avatar
@Amg
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 7,580 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ
01/25/2022

Will grow even in low light. Brown patches on stem appear if exposed to too much light.
Well draining soil mix.
Grows very slowly

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Katy410 avatar
@Katy410
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,553 XP
01/18/2022

Seems easy to take care of.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Heartyorchids avatar
@Heartyorchids
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 27 XP
globe Huntsville, AL
01/14/2022

I love this plant! Very fast grower (it’s been about six months and it’s so much taller + there’s a baby now) and it’s very easy to care for. No matter how many days I’ve missed watering, this plant stands strong

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 XP
01/14/2022

I just got it yesterday so I only know one think it needs to be repotted have wait few else until it gets used to new environment 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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@Studiomitchi
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 226 XP
globe Cuyahoga Falls, OH
01/06/2022

This is the number one plant to buy if you want to take care of plants as a hobby for the first time. If I could have a room full of only ZZ plants it would make me feel so good about my life because they could be locked in a dungeon and still thrive.

Survivor Survivor
Jadedtara avatar
@Jadedtara
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Delaware, OH
01/03/2022

East care, very pretty and grow pretty quick!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Fantasmagloria avatar
@Fantasmagloria
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 823 XP
01/01/2022

This is a Black ZZ Plant and it’s honestly such an interesting one! Truly a survivor like the regular ZZ, but watching the leaves go from new growth green to an almost black is fascinating!

Survivor Survivor
Quaynicole avatar
@Quaynicole
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 1,681 XP
01/01/2022

This plant pretty much takes care of its self. I water it once a month and it’s flourishing!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bjoyce avatar
@Bjoyce
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 10,286 XP
globe Orlando, FL
12/22/2021

Resilient plant and rewarding if you’re proactive about care. Some of my favorite new leaves - they look like little cocoons when they’re forming.

Survivor Survivor
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@Brentdowney
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 35 XP
12/21/2021

Super easy, low light plant looks great in my home office!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor

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