Plant Care ZZ plant

ZZ plant

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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.


Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Also known as

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

How to care for ZZ plant


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 Eugene, Oregon.

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

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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 Eugene, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

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Growing ZZ plant in Eugene right now

Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Eugene, Oregon

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

November 30th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Eugene, Oregon

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 32.3% ☀️

December 3rd, 2021

Eugene is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Eugene is expected to decrease by 32.3% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 5.9 megajoules of energy per m2 per da…

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Light needs for plant ZZ plant in Eugene, Oregon

Daylight will decrease by 1.2 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2021

This month, Eugene is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 12.5% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 8.7 total hours of dayli…

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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 Eugene, Oregon ⛅.


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 Eugene, Oregon

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

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Eugene is very 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 r…

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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:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 6ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Eugene, Oregon, 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 434
ZZ plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 251
ZZ plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 141
ZZ plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 67
ZZ plant has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 42
ZZ plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 28
ZZ plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 14
ZZ plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 137 XP

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
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 78 XP
globe Fort Worth, Texas

SLOWWWW GROWER. but so cute 🥺

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leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 1,053 XP
globe Biloxi, Mississippi

heard great things so i got one for the bedroom

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 117 Plants
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globe Washington, District of Columbia

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

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leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 282 XP
globe San Francisco, California

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

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Mary avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 104 XP

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

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 1,985 XP
globe Albany, New York

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

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Mamaz avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 4,102 XP

Zz plants are really hard to kill and survive on little to no water. Live them.

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leaf-1 43 Plants
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globe New York

Been through the ringer this one has, yet here it is still alive and doing it’s own thing. Definitely easy to maintain if you have a busier lifestyle.

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leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 389 XP

This plant is gorgeous and no fuss.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 639 XP
globe Gilbert, Arizona

I love low-maintenance plants. Especially pretty ones. This one checks both boxes.

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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 313 XP

Easy to care for. Great for a plant in the office!

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Princeton, Texas

Second easiest only to my pothos. Grew a TON about 6 months ago and hasn’t sprouted new growth since…so kind of a slow little lady

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 37 Plants
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globe Nashville, Tennessee

Interesting texture of leaves, easy care… a great beginners plant

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leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 406 XP

Really love this plant it’s beautiful and easy to take care of. Just do not overwater does not like that!

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s almost impossible to kill this thing. One of my first plants in college and it thrives in all conditions. It’s growing pretty fast too, so that makes me feel accomplished!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 209 XP
globe New York

It looks lovely but is a slow grower.

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leaf-1 90 Plants
xp 3,173 XP

If you’re new to the plant world this plant is an amazing one to start with.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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leaf-1 24 Plants
xp 773 XP
globe New York

Just water it and leave it out the sun. It will grow

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Thiago avatar
leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 422 XP

Low maintenance. No water for more than a month and still not thirsty!

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