Plant Care Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant

4.7 out of 5 (31 experiences)

Raven ZZ Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Raven ZZ Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Raven ZZ Plant

The black raven is a striking cultivar of the popular ZZ plant. 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 'Black Raven'
Zamioculcas
Araceae
Alismatales

How to care for Raven ZZ Plant

Water

How often to water your Raven ZZ Plant

Water needs for Raven ZZ Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Raven ZZ Plant 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 Raven ZZ Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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Finding light for Raven ZZ Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Raven ZZ Plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

Raven ZZ Plant 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 Raven ZZ Plant in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Raven ZZ Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Raven ZZ Plant: 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 Raven ZZ Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Raven ZZ Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Propagation
Yellow Leaves

Care Summary for Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant


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

Raven ZZ Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 25
Raven ZZ Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 6
Raven ZZ Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
Raven ZZ Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 3
Raven ZZ Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Raven ZZ Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
Raven ZZ Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 117 Plants
xp 7,135 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/24/2021

Sooooo easy. Almost too easy - I had it for several months (literally! 3 or 4 months) when I realized I’d never put it in Greg and possibly never watered it. It had one stem that had died but the rest is perfectly fine.

Survivor Survivor
Makaylagal avatar
@Makaylagal
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 630 XP
09/10/2021

This is an exotic low maintenance plant. I absolutely love it!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Thelostblonde avatar
@Thelostblonde
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 1,035 XP
globe Vineyard, Utah
08/18/2021

Love the beautiful black leaves & seems to be thriving

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Billbobaggins avatar
@Billbobaggins
leaf-1 103 Plants
xp 4,266 XP
globe Medicine Hat, Alberta
07/25/2021

Beautiful black leaves. New growth comes out bright neon green and fades to black. Very low maintenance to care for.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Ella avatar
@Ella
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Raleigh, North Carolina
07/08/2021

Very nice and unique looking, easy going

Survivor Survivor
Cody avatar
@Cody
leaf-1 102 Plants
xp 5,512 XP
globe New York
07/08/2021

Such a beautiful plant. Lovely and easygoing

Survivor Survivor
Limzatt avatar
@Limzatt
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 84 XP
06/29/2021

New growth will be bright green!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Pottedsmiles avatar
@Pottedsmiles
leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 944 XP
06/28/2021

Beautiful, simple and fun to watch grow.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Brennanarnold avatar
@Brennanarnold
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 711 XP
globe Hartland, Michigan
05/29/2021

easily the most self-reliant plant i own. anyone and everyone will have no trouble raising a zz plant

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Tori avatar
@Tori
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 199 XP
globe Sterling, Illinois
05/19/2021

I love the ZZ Raven plant because the new shoots grow in green and turn black as they age. Such a beautiful plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Misfityogimom avatar
@Misfityogimom
leaf-1 18 Plants
xp 780 XP
globe Fort Mill, South Carolina
05/05/2021

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia is my all time favorite plant (besides Aroids!) whether it’s the beautiful “Goth” Raven or just plain old green. It’s an EXTREMELY SLOW grower which makes it more exciting to see new growth. So if you’re not the patient type I’d skip over it.
Although difficult to kill it can EASILY be killed by overwatering. I’ve purchased the Raven 3x before finally realizing it needed replanting after purchase. I highly recommend if you purchase this plant in a Nursery pot with Peat that you replant it ASAP & wait at least a week to water. Both my green ZZ & Raven are doing amazing in terracotta pots with succulent soil. Both are in North facing windows & are watered once every 3-4wks.

Survivor Survivor
Howellml avatar
@Howellml
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,387 XP
04/22/2021

Keeps getting gnats but won’t die

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Survivor Survivor
Rjg avatar
@Rjg
leaf-1 78 Plants
xp 10,792 XP
globe Austin, Texas
03/27/2021

Water it rarely. Cool Leaves. What’s not to love!?

Survivor Survivor
Jemb3 avatar
@Jemb3
leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 799 XP
globe Teaneck, New Jersey
03/03/2021

Least fussy of the plants!

Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Shannonwatts33 avatar
@Shannonwatts33
leaf-1 89 Plants
xp 3,878 XP
globe Farmington, Connecticut
02/24/2021

Great for dark spaces and forgetful people

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