Plant Care Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant

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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. ⛽️


Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Black Raven'

Also known as

Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Dowon'

How to care for Raven ZZ Plant


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

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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 💪.

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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.

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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Care Summary for Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant

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

Raven ZZ Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 31
Raven ZZ Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 9
Raven ZZ Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Raven ZZ Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Raven ZZ Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
Raven ZZ Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Raven ZZ Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
Taylormdebloomz avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 4,142 XP

I love ZZ plants but I was expecting more from this Raven ZZ. She has been a super slow grower for me. No new sprouts but I am glad that she hasn’t had any issues. I just wish she would grow faster for me.

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Mora avatar
leaf-1 35 Plants
xp 2,164 XP

Doesn’t need much attention! Just water and indirect light :)

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 42 Plants
xp 2,626 XP
globe Laguna Niguel, CA

Love this plant! The growth is so unique and vibrant and it’s very easy to care for.

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leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 3,152 XP

This plant is so easy to care for! I keep it about 6” from grow lights and have about an inch deeps worth of spagnum moss covering the soil to give it a little more moisture. It does well with higher humidity but also does well in normal humidity

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Megan avatar
leaf-1 86 Plants
xp 14,504 XP
globe Washington, DC

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.

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leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 630 XP

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

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leaf-1 35 Plants
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globe Vineyard, UT

Love the beautiful black leaves & seems to be thriving

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 102 Plants
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globe Medicine Hat, Alberta

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
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Raleigh, NC

Very nice and unique looking, easy going

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leaf-1 102 Plants
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globe New York

Such a beautiful plant. Lovely and easygoing

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New growth will be bright green!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 63 Plants
xp 944 XP

Beautiful, simple and fun to watch grow.

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mistedleavesandstone avatar
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,065 XP

Easy plant, forgiving, great for air quality, not prone to pests. Love ZZ plants. Great plant for new plant parents.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Hartland, MI

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
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 199 XP
globe Sterling, IL

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
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 1,087 XP

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.

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leaf-1 47 Plants
xp 3,558 XP

Keeps getting gnats but won’t die

Pest magnet Pest magnet
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leaf-1 123 Plants
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globe Austin, TX

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

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leaf-1 56 Plants
xp 799 XP
globe Teaneck, NJ

Least fussy of the plants!

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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globe Farmington, CT

Great for dark spaces and forgetful people

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