Plant Care ZZ plant

ZZ plant

4.9 out of 5 (617 experiences)

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

About ZZ plant

The ZZ Plant is a popular succulent houseplant in the Araceae (aroid) family. This low-maintenance plant will slowly reach a mature height and width of around 3 feet. It stores water in its thick leafstalks and tuber-like rhizomes under the soil. The species name means "with leaves like Zamia," due to its resemblance to certain cycad plants.

Taxonomy

Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Zamioculcas
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

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

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 located in Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Plant care guide for ZZ plant in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Growing ZZ plant in Atlanta right now

Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Atlanta, Georgia

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 21st, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Atlanta is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determini…

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Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Atlanta, Georgia

Sunlight will increase by 19.5% ☀️

January 20th, 2022

Atlanta is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Atlanta is expected to increase by 19.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.0 megajoules of energy per m2 p…

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Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Atlanta, Georgia

Daylight will increase by 0.6 hours 📈

January 20th, 2022

This month, Atlanta is getting an average of 7.0 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 5.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.4 total hours of dayl…

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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 💪.

We wouldn’t recommend testing its limits during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Atlanta, Georgia ⛅.

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.

When to repot ZZ plant

Nutrient needs for plant ZZ plant in Atlanta, Georgia

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 14th, 2022

The growing potential in Atlanta is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot…

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

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 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 your location in Atlanta, Georgia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

ZZ plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 456
ZZ plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 266
ZZ plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 147
ZZ plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 70
ZZ plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 46
ZZ plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 27
ZZ plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
ZZ plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Katy410 avatar
@Katy410
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 503 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, Alabama
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 803 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 🤗🤗🤗🤗

Studiomitchi avatar
@Studiomitchi
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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 19 Plants
xp 324 XP
globe Delaware, Ohio
01/03/2022

East care, very pretty and grow pretty quick!

Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Fantasmagloria avatar
@Fantasmagloria
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 442 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 21 Plants
xp 1,110 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 54 Plants
xp 6,854 XP
globe Orlando, Florida
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
Brentdowney avatar
@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
Tiramisun avatar
@Tiramisun
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 394 XP
globe New York
12/20/2021

My first plant! Had it for over a year now and it’s grown so much. Grows a lot faster in more sun but does extremely well in indirect sun as well. I basically ignore it until the soil is very dry, then water…. About once every three weeks or so! This is a great plant for forgetful plant parents. New leaves are constantly popping out.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Lisamxarie avatar
@Lisamxarie
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 92 XP
12/12/2021

They’re very easy to take care of and over all a hard plant to kill so it’s perfect for beginners.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Survivor Survivor
Amed avatar
@Amed
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 70 XP
12/10/2021

It’s perfect really, I didn’t give it water for 1 month and its still a live 😂😂❤️

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Myleafygreenbabies avatar
@Myleafygreenbabies
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 1,655 XP
globe San Francisco, California
12/08/2021

This ZZ plant was one of the first plants that I bought two years ago. It keeps me company, sitting on my nightstand. It’s far from my window, but about 3-4ft from a lamp with a full spectrum bulb. It has doubled in size and looks beautiful!
I put it closer to a sunny window for a week or so after watering it. No stress, no fuss. Love it!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Thatgirlwholikesplants avatar
@Thatgirlwholikesplants
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 206 XP
11/30/2021

All the ZZ’s I own are one stemmed, so it isn’t a big plant. The pots don’t take up lots of space either. It’s great for counters and table decor

Survivor Survivor
Faeofthespring avatar
@Faeofthespring
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Fort Worth, Texas
11/30/2021

SLOWWWW GROWER. but so cute 🥺

Survivor Survivor
Divinetreasures avatar
@Divinetreasures
leaf-1 25 Plants
xp 1,441 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi
11/29/2021

heard great things so i got one for the bedroom

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Megan avatar
@Megan
leaf-1 132 Plants
xp 12,138 XP
globe Washington, District of Columbia
11/28/2021

Almost too easy! Doesn’t need a lot of water and isn’t a pest magnet. Not pet friendly, which is one downside.

Ifonlyfloramoment avatar
@Ifonlyfloramoment
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 303 XP
globe San Francisco, California
11/16/2021

Set it and forget it. She can survive anything and thrive!

Survivor Survivor
Mary avatar
@Mary
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP
11/12/2021

You don’t need to Water a lot. Very green foliage. Very low maintenance.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Brando avatar
@Brando
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,781 XP
globe Albany, New York
11/11/2021

Perhaps the easiest plant on the planet to care for. Forget to water for weeks? No problem. This things invincible

Survivor Survivor

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