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How to Take Care of Zeze Plant

The zeze plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a tropical plant native to parts of east Africa. This slow-growing plant is attractive with very shiny, bright green leaves on graceful branches. The zeze plant is a succulent and is commonly grown as a houseplant. A unique feature of the plant is that the leaves can drop to the ground and take root, eventually growing a new plant. Also called the "ZZ" or "eternity plant," it is known as being an easy-care choice for beginning indoor gardeners or for growing in less than optimum conditions.

Grow your zeze plant in potting soil formulated for cacti or succulents. The soil should be sandy and well-draining. In addition, choose a container that has drainage holes at the bottom.

Place the zeze plant in a location where it will get filtered sunlight. This plant is known for being able to tolerate low-light conditions and is often grown in offices with only florescent light. However, the zeze plant will grow much better if it is exposed to some sunlight. Do not let it rest in direct sunlight as the leaves can be sunburned.

Water the zeze plant when the soil dries out. It does not need to be bone dry and hard, but the first 3 inches of soil should be dry. Leaves that turn yellow are a common sign of overwatering, so if that happens, reduce the amount of water you give the plant.

Keep the zeze plant warm. This succulent will not do well in prolonged temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wipe off the leaves occasionally with a damp rag to remove dust and restore shine. Repot the plant when the pot becomes filled with suckers. Because the plant is slow-growing, this usually takes a few years.


The leaves of the plant are poisonous if ingested in large quantities, so keep the plant away from any pets that might be tempted to nibble on it.

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