How to Take Care of a Ze Ze Plant


The ze ze plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is the sole member of the Zamioculcas genus. A perennial plant, native to Africa, the ze ze plant grows from a rhizome and can attain a height of 3 feet. Although it is commonly grown as a houseplant, the ze ze plant can be grown outdoors if temperatures in your region never dip below 60 degrees F. Ze ze is a misunderstood plant with some people lumping it in with palms, others with philodendrons. It is, in actuality, a tropical aroid and experiences both a wet season and a shorter, dry season, in its natural habitat.

Step 1

Plant the ze ze plant in a 3-to-1 ratio of sand and perlite. Do not use standard potting soil as it does not drain fast enough and the rhizome may rot.

Step 2

Place the ze ze plant in an area of the home that receives bright, filtered sunlight.

Step 3

Fertilize the ze ze plant once a month during the summer with fish emulsion, according to the rate suggested on the product's label. Always water plants prior to fertilizing.

Step 4

Water the ze ze plant when the top 1 inch of soil is dry. Too much water will rot the rhizome and not enough will cause the plant to lose its leaves and go dormant. You may need to water daily during particularly warm periods.

Step 5

Clean the foliage if it becomes dusty. Dust and grime can block the plant's stomata (pores) and should be removed with a soft, damp cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Coarse sand
  • Perlite
  • Fish emulsion
  • Soft cloth


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