Care of Zz Plants


Zamioculcas zamiifolia, or the Zz plant, is a slow-growing houseplant that requires very little care. It is somewhat fern-like and will grow up and out, so it is best placed in an area that gives it room to spread. Zz enjoys low light and stays healthy even with very little watering.


Zamioculcas zamiifolia grow in almost any type of soil. A bag of premixed potting soil from your local nursery will suit it just fine. Select a pot that is 12 to 14 inches in diameter to account for the future growth of the plant. Fill the pot partway with soil, insert the plant, and fill the remainder of the pot with more potting soil. Pat the dirt down firmly and water well.


Zz plants prefer somewhat dry soil, which is part of the reason they do so well in most soil types. Over-watering this plant will cause the leaves to turn yellow and stagnant water to accumulate in the root ball, effectively killing the plant if you are not careful. Watering it once a month should keep the plant happy and healthy.


Zamioculcas zamiifolia do well in low-light conditions, which is what makes them excellent houseplants. Although they can survive with little to no light, they do best in an area with plenty of filtered sunlight. They should never be placed in direct sunlight because the leaves will burn.


If well cared for, Zz plants may grow up to 3 to 4 feet over the course of several years. Selecting a properly sized pot at the beginning will help keep this plant low maintenance. If you wish to propagate more Zz plants in the future, separate one frond and part of the root from the plant and place it in a new pot to start a new plant.

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