Plant Care ZZ plant
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ZZ plant

4.9 out of 5 (517 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 390
ZZ plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 222
ZZ plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 129
ZZ plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 62
ZZ plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 35
ZZ plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 24
ZZ plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
ZZ plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
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@Lalawilk365
McKinney, Texas
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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@Nathan
Florence, Alabama
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Ethanael by Nathan on Greg, the plant care app
05/27/2021

My Zz is one of the very first plants I owned. I’ve had him for around 4 years and he’s still going strong! Before I knew what I was doing I never changed his soil and looking back now I realize how …

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Sassypinata avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Righty by Sassypinata on Greg, the plant care app
06/24/2021

This is by far a favorite for beginners and above. It has rubbery natural bright green leaves, no need to water frequently because of the water retaining bulbs. I have it about 10 feet from my west f…

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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
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, Washington
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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Shivlit avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant ZZ plant named “Black Raven” ZZ by Shivlit on Greg, the plant care app
05/14/2021

This type of ZZ plant produces pretty dark green/ black leaves as it ages. Easy plant to start out with, will survive on low light, but to see this beauty thrive I think moderate indirect light is be…

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Alexei avatar on Greg, the plant care app 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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Molly2867 avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Stardust ZZ by Molly2867 on Greg, the plant care app
04/26/2021

This is THE must-have addition to any beginner gardener (this and the Raven variety). Fast grower (exciting to watch), beautiful evergreen, low light tolerant and thrives on just a little neglect. Al…

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@Austin_dst
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Rating of the plant ZZ plant named Your plant by Austin_dst on Greg, the plant care app
05/06/2021

This plant is incredibly hardy, can dry out between watering, doesn’t need a lot of sunlight, and can take a beating and still end up thriving. After the roots have established I’ve noticed it grows …

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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

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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 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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