Plant Care ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant

4.9 out of 5 (655 experiences)

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

About 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. ⛽️

Taxonomy

Zamioculcas zamiifolia
Zamioculcas
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Zanzibar gem, Zuzu plant, Aroid Palm, Eternity Plant and Emerald Palm

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 Phoenix, Arizona.

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 Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

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Growing ZZ Plant in Phoenix right now

Light needs for plant ZZ Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Plant growth potential is currently high 📈

September 28th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Phoenix is currently high 📈.

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

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Light needs for plant ZZ Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Sunlight will decrease by 24% ☀️

September 28th, 2022

Phoenix is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Phoenix is expected to decrease by 24% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 15.1 megajoules of energy per m2 per d…

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Light needs for plant ZZ Plant in Phoenix, Arizona

Daylight will decrease by 1.5 hours 📉

September 28th, 2022

This month, Phoenix is getting an average of 12.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 11.8% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 11.2 total hours of da…

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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 maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Phoenix, Arizona ☀️.️

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 Phoenix, Arizona

Is this a good time of year to repot? Yes! 🪴

September 24th, 2022

The growing potential in Phoenix is medium 👌.

It's best to repot plants during their active growing periods when they have the energy to re-establish their roots! This is a great time to repot any…

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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 Phoenix, Arizona, 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 486
ZZ Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 284
ZZ Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 150
ZZ Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 74
ZZ Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 31
ZZ Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 16
ZZ Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Notablegray avatar
@Notablegray
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
globe Holly Springs, NC
04/06/2022

Gorgeous plant

Pureagboy avatar
@Pureagboy
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 111 XP
globe Townsend, DE
03/30/2022

This plant loves low light, plant food when watering 1x every 1-2 weeks.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Iwhilby2021 avatar
@Iwhilby2021
leaf-1 49 Plants
xp 4,842 XP
03/21/2022

I love Zz plants. They are easy to care for. Typically need watering once per month.

Survivor Survivor
Agatha avatar
@Agatha
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,147 XP
03/20/2022

A plant that neither does nor grows, lol.
Depending on who you are that will sound boring or ideal.
Truly thrives on neglect.
Personally I love mine, it fills out my plant area, always looks green and healthy.

Survivor Survivor
Eaterofseed avatar
@Eaterofseed
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 148 XP
globe North Miami, FL
03/15/2022

It cool and sexy and grow swaggily

Easy for amateur grower and does not call you mean names like “stinky meat bag” or “non photosynthsizer”

Purplebutterfly avatar
@Purplebutterfly
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 312 XP
globe Orillia, Ontario
03/14/2022

This is an easy going plant doesn’t need a lot of attention. Let the soil completely dry out in between waterings and provide plenty of drainage for your Zz plant.

Keep out of reach of your cats and dogs (and children) as it can be harmful when consumed.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Vavavivacious avatar
@Vavavivacious
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,164 XP
03/12/2022

I’ve had my ZZ for a year and a half now, overwatered once and thought I was going to lose her, but she bounced back! Let ZZs dry out between waters and be sure to trim dying leaves off immediately when you see them. Also, if a whole stem is dying, prune right down to soil, or a little bit underneath, then cover over with some soil - it’ll grow right back. When pruning, be sure to use the right size shears because ZZs do not like jagged cuts.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Lovingsunnyaz avatar
@Lovingsunnyaz
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 6,080 XP
globe Goodyear, AZ
03/03/2022

Beautiful dark green, waxy leaves. And as a succulent, it doesn’t require much attention, but thrives just as well. A happy plant 🌱

Survivor Survivor
Lexieee avatar
@Lexieee
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 130 XP
02/16/2022

I have neglected this plant for so long and it's as happy as can be.

Survivor Survivor
Simplepleasure avatar
@Simplepleasure
leaf-1 51 Plants
xp 1,571 XP
globe Springfield, IL
02/06/2022

Easy care, seems to thrive on neglect! Deep green, shiny leaves.

Survivor Survivor
Amg avatar
@Amg
leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 7,580 XP
globe Phoenix, AZ
01/25/2022

Will grow even in low light. Brown patches on stem appear if exposed to too much light.
Well draining soil mix.
Grows very slowly

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Katy410 avatar
@Katy410
leaf-1 30 Plants
xp 1,521 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, AL
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
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Cheryl avatar
@Cheryl
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,303 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 🤗🤗🤗🤗

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@Studiomitchi
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 226 XP
globe Cuyahoga Falls, OH
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 16 Plants
xp 539 XP
globe Delaware, OH
01/03/2022

East care, very pretty and grow pretty quick!

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Fantasmagloria avatar
@Fantasmagloria
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 779 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 18 Plants
xp 1,681 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 57 Plants
xp 10,128 XP
globe Orlando, FL
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

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