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ZZ Plant Care: The Complete Guide

ZZ Plant Care: The Complete Guide

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly known as ZZ plants, with their glossy, dark green foliage and resilience to neglect, are the perfect choice for both seasoned plant parents and beginners alike.

THE SCIENCE

Family: Araceae

Genus: Zamioculcas

Commonly: zz plant, ariod/emerald palm, eternity plant

THE BASICS

WATER

ZZ’s are drought-tolerant and incredibly forgiving when it comes to watering! Depending on lighting conditions, some can go at least a month (or two!) between soaks.

Be cautious not to overwater as they are prone to root rot in consistently wet conditions.

LIGHT

These plants are known for their resilience to less-than-ideal lighting conditions. Though they prefer bright, indirect light like any other houseplant, they will tolerate just about anything without issue!

HUMIDITY & TEMP

ZZ’s are not picky about humidity or temperature levels and can thrive in typical indoor conditions.

THE NITTY GRITTY

SOIL

A well-draining soil that doesn’t trap excess moisture is best. Some chunky media like perlite and orchid bark are great additions to any mix!

Check out our signature blend, Dirt Bag – specifically mixed for aroids like these to ensure optimal soil quality and promote growth!

Repot every 3-4 years to refresh nutrients and give your plant room to grow.

FERTILIZING

ZZ’s are not heavy feeders and prefer to be fed sparingly during the growing season. You can skip fertilization in the fall and winter!

Incorporate our Arber Plant Food during your routine waterings to promote lush, bright foliage!

PESTS

These plants are relatively pest-resistant but it’s still a good practice to inspect for unwanted guests regularly.

Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and keep the surface clean and shiny ✨

OTHER DEETS

PROPPING

Some ZZ varieties can be propagated with leaf cuttings! Check out Propagation 101 for the how-to.