How To Make Your Plants Happy: ZZ Plant Care Guide

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The ZZ plant thrives best in medium to bright, indirect light and can also tolerant areas of your home that get almost no light. Keep away from direct sun as this may burn the leaves. 


Water every 1-2 weeks when the soil is dry and reduce watering in the winter. The more light it gets the more water it will need and vice versa. Less water is better than more as it stores water in its roots. Yellow leaves is a sign of overwatering.


The ideal temperature is 65ºF - 75ºF. It thrive best in humid climates but can adapt to any home situation. The plant can tolerant dry air as well as humidity.


The ZZ plant is a slow grower and can grow up to 2' to 3' tall indoors. Fertilize once in summer and once in spring using a well-balanced fertilizer.


Repot the plant every 12-18 months on a pot that is 1" larger than the previous pot if you want the plant to grow. If you want to keep it the same size, choose a new pot that is the same size as current. Repot during spring or summer using any well-draining potting mix.


The plant can be propagated from a stem cutting, division, or a single leaf. To propagate with a stem cutting, cut a piece of stalk off the plant at the base and place in water. Repot into soil when roots begin to grow. To propagate from division, gently divide up your plant into 2-3 parts and replant into their own pots (do not do this often). To propagate from leaf cutting, cut off a piece of leaf with as little stem as possible and place into soil. Water the pot and water again when the soil is dry.


Toxic to humans and pets if eaten. Ingestion can cause stomach irritation and vomiting.

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About the ZZ Plant

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia  

Nicknames: ZZ Plant, Zanzibar Gem

The ZZ plant has recently grown in popularity since it is one of the hardiest houseplants. The ZZ plant has smooth, shiny oval-shaped leaves that are a bright green color when they are young and become deep green in maturity. The stems can get about 3' long and the leaves are about 2"-3" big. The ZZ plant has a well-developed root system that helps it to store water under the soil, making it drought-tolerant. This plant is easy to care for and very independent, it can tolerate low light and has low watering requirements. It is also great at purifying the air in your home as it removes xylene, toluene, and benzene from the air. A great plant for anyone.  
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