Zz Plant
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Zz Plant Care

Welcome to our guide to Zamioculcas zamiifolia (aka the Zz plant) care and propagation. Zz plants are easy to care for plants that thrive in a variety of household conditions…

Zz Plant Care Summary

Light needs:Low light to bright indirect.
Watering needs:Make sure the soil is almost dry before watering again.
Fertilizer:A balanced fertilizer sparingly in the warmer months.
Soil:Well-draining potting compost.
Humidity:Normal household humidity levels.
Temperature:18°C-24°C (65-75°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Zanzibar gem, Zaroid palm, Zamioculcas zamiifolia.
Common issues:Yellow leaves from overwatering.


The Zamioculcas zamiifolia aka the Zz plant is a real stunning houseplant. We run down the A to Zz (pun intended!) of Zz Plant Care…

Zz Plant Light Needs

One of the great things about Zz plants is that they can do well in many light conditions, they’ll grow in low light and bright light too. I would give them bright light if you can to encourage growth, but they are really tolerate of most light conditions.

How Often to Water A Zz Plant

Zz plants like regular watering, but they do not like to sit in water. The best thing to do is to put your finger in the soil and make sure almost all the soil is dry before watering again. Check them weekly.

Tip: make sure you do not water the plant until the soil is almost dry all the way down, or it cold well get root rot. Pay special attention when the temperatures drop and the end of summer as the soil may still be wet because the plant needs less water when it is colder. If in doubt, underwater it!


Use a balanced fertilizer sparingly and it will help your Zz plant to grow quicker.


A multipurpose, well-draining potting compost will suit a zz plant well. They don’t want to sit in water logged soil, so well-draining mixes are ideal.

When To Repot A Zz Plant

You can pot your plant up a size if they are root bound, the best time to do this is in spring before the main growing months.


Zz plants are happy with normal household humidity levels. They do not need any extra humidity requirements.


Zz plants like normal household temperatures, 18°C-24°C (65-75°F) will suit them well.

How To Propagate ZZ Plant

ZZ plant is easy to propagate with stem cuttings. You can root them in soil, water, moss or leca even. Soil is probably the easiest. Take a stem cutting with plenty of leaves at the top and remove any leaves from the bottom of the cutting. Let it callous over for about half a day, then you can put it in a pot of soil. Keep it fairly humid to encourage rooting.

Can Zz Plant Grow In Water?

They can be propagated and survive in water alone. They can rot though, to be honest they are much better off in soil.

Is It Toxic To Cats?

They are toxic to dogs and cats if eaten, and can cause problems including vomiting. Seek vets advice immediately if you think your pet has eaten any.

Zz Plant Vs Zz Zenzi

Zenzi is a type of zz plant. IT is a smaller more compact cultivar.

Zz Plant Vs Raven Zz

Thee raven is a much much darker green cultivar of the zz plant, almost black.

Where To Buy

You can buy Zz plant in many plant shops, both physical and online. Try Etsy.

Other Names for Zz Plant

Zanzibar gem, Zaroid palm, Zamioculcas zamiifolia.

Zz Plant Care FAQs and Common Issues

The most common issue with Zz plants is overwatering, which can lead to yellow leaves and in worse cases root rot and death, so be careful! Let the top layer dry out between watering.

Can Zz Plant Live Outside?

They can live out side as long as they do not get too much direct sun, and they don’t get down to less than 10°C (50°F) very often.

Do Zz Plant Flower?

They do flower, although it is quite rare. They produce an oblong white cluster of small white flowers.

Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves on a zz plant occur when the plant is stressed, most commonly from overwatering. But it can be from underwatering or sun burn. Check the plant weekly and only water it if the soil is mostly dry.

Can Zz Plant Take Full Sun?

They should not be given full sun as they will burn. You can accustom them to more sun by lessening their shade gradually, but they will not take full sun.

Does Zz Plant Like To Be Root Bound?

They do not like to be root bound, pot them up a pot size or two when the roots get crowded.

Will Zz Plant Leaves Grow Back?

Leaves will grow back if fallen off. The plant just need good care and the leaves should grow back to full size.

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