Plant Care ZZ plant
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ZZ plant

4.9 out of 5 (97 experiences)

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

Also known as

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

Taxonomy

Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Zamioculcas
Araceae
Alismatales

What other plant parents say

ZZ plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 79
ZZ plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 39
ZZ plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 23
ZZ plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 14
ZZ plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 7
ZZ plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
ZZ plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
ZZ plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 1
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@Lalawilk365
McKinney, TX
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Athena by Lalawilk365 on Greg, the plant care app
03/16/2021

This is one of the most interesting plants I own and I love its bright new leaves as well as the dark mature leaves. I started out with less than 5 branches and now there’s well over 20! This plant d…

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Shealenyeah avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant ZZ plant named ZeeZee by Shealenyeah on Greg, the plant care app
04/07/2021

My very first houseplant I ever bought and the only one from my “starter” plants to survive! It took me some time to learn how to properly care for my plants so the first round didn’t stick, but ZZ p…

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@Alex
New York, NY
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Denali by Alex on Greg, the plant care app
03/07/2021

Both of my ZZ plants are among my favorite plants because they’re so resilient. They can go a long while without being watered, and do pretty well in low light situations (Eg far from a window, north…

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@Dloslund
Lake Stevens, WA
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named ZZ by Dloslund on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

I’ve seen a clear direct correlation between light level (indirect!) and growth. Move it away from the window, slow growth. Move it close, and the side towards the window goes bright green and UP (it…

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@Alexei
Apple Valley, MN
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Maurice by Alexei on Greg, the plant care app
03/19/2021

Beautiful, rich, green leaves. The vertical growth and leaves all the way up the stem makes it a very stand out plant. The only “problem” I’ve had with this plant is that it likes a warmer climate (n…

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@Martin
New York, NY
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Zion by Martin on Greg, the plant care app
02/11/2021

One of my first houseplants. This guy has been fun to care for. It survived in a low light apartment and is now thriving on an east-facing windowsill. Easy to care for, it doesn’t wilt easily, it doe…

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@Damilka
Bellingham, WA
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Keanu Leaves by Damilka on Greg, the plant care app
02/27/2021

ZZ plants are extremely forgiving and basically thrive off of neglect. I water mine thoroughly once a month and it’s GOOD. Because they don’t require much water, the soil isn’t moist a lot, therefore…

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Merryberry avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Ozzy Ozzplant by Merryberry on Greg, the plant care app
04/19/2021

Shiny green leaves, and the hardiest little plant for when you’re going off the rails on a crazy train. Seriously, this plant is a rockstar and perfect for any newbie plant owners like myself. Forgiv…

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@Tristen.01
Prescott, AZ
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Achilles by Tristen.01 on Greg, the plant care app
02/17/2021

Zz plants are amazing and they give you so much for doing so little. My best piece of advice is to just forget they are there for a little while (2 weeks) and when you come back, there is so much new…

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@Judy
Ludington, MI
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named ZZ by Judy on Greg, the plant care app
03/31/2021

Very easy plant to care for. It won’t hold it against you if you forget to water it. I water mine about every two-three weeks but could go longer if need be as it hold water in its base. Light requi…

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How to care for ZZ plant

Water

How often to water your ZZ plant

Water needs for ZZ plant
0.5 cups
every 12

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 ZZ plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

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 ZZ plant: 6ft from a window
6ft or less from
a window

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 đź’Ş.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize ZZ plant

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

Care Summary for ZZ plant

ZZ plant

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.

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