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ZZ Care

This plant is tough—making it perfect for the forgetful plant owner. This hardy plant is able to survive for months without water and will grow well in any light except direct sun.

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How to care for your ZZ Plant

While all plants in the ZZ family have roughly the same care, there are some unique things you should know about each of our individual species. These will help you better understand your plant and build a relationship with it.

ZZ Plant

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LIGHT REQUIREMENTS

ZZ plants do best in moderate to bright indirect light, but will do fine in extremely low light areas. If the light is too intense for your ZZ, you may see some scaling (brown spots) on the leaves. Curling leaves can also indicate too much light. This plant is ideal for a windowless office or bathroom where it will only receive a small amount of light from fluorescent lights.

WATER REQUIREMENTS

The ZZ Plant is like a cactus in that it needs less, rather than more, water. Water your ZZ Plant only when the soil is dry—perhaps every 1-2 weeks depending on your indoor climate. Let the water drain through the bottom, empty the saucer of any water, and then allow to dry out again. One of the only ways you can kill this low maintenance plant is to over water it. A ZZ Plant that turns yellow means that it is getting too much water and it may be rotting.

HUMIDITY PREFERENCE

This plant does not require any extra humidity.

PLANT FOOD

Fertilize your ZZ twice a year with a general purpose plant food.

ADDITIONAL CARE

As a survival technique, the ZZ Plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaves fall off, don’t give up hope! Water your plant immediately and it should come back. This plant is shiny on its own, never spray with leaf shine. Ignore this plant and it will be happiest.

TOXICITY

ZZ Plants are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

Zenzi Plant

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light requirements

Your Zenzi plant will do best in moderate to bright indirect light but will do fine in extremely low light areas. If the light is too intense for your Zenzi, you may see some scaling (brown spots) on the leaves. Curling leaves can also indicate too much light. This plant is ideal for a windowless office or bathroom where it will only receive a small amount of light from fluorescent lights.

water requirements

The Zenzi is like a cactus in that it needs less, rather than more, water. Water your Zenzi only when the soil is dry—perhaps every 2-3 weeks depending on your indoor climate. Let the water drain through the bottom, empty the saucer of any water, and then allow to dry out again. One of the only ways you can kill this low maintenance plant is to over water it. When a Zenzi turns yellow, it is getting too much water and it may be rotting.

humidity

This plant does not require any extra humidity.

plant food

Fertilize your Zenzi twice a year with general-purpose plant food.

toxicity

Zenzi Plants are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

additional care

Your Zenzi likes to be pot bound so repotting will not need to be done for quite some time. As a survival technique, the Zenzi Plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaves fall off, don’t give up hope! Water your plant immediately and it should come back. This plant is shiny on its own, never spray with leaf shine. Ignore this plant and it will be happiest.

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What's a ZZ Plant?

Botanical Classification: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Full Description

ZZ Plants are tough—making them perfect for the forgetful plant owner. These hardy plants are able to survive for months without water and will grow well in any light except direct sun.

ZZ Plants are graceful with wand-like stems that taper to a point. Along the stems are fleshy, oval-shaped, shiny leaves giving them a distinctive feathered appearance.

Native of East Africa, ZZ Plants require very little water and do best when they are basically ignored. If you’re looking for a hands-off plant that makes a statement, a ZZ Plant is it!

Fun Fact

The leaves of your ZZ Plant are naturally shiny and glossy, so no leaf shine is needed. Simply wipe them with a damp cloth or mist them occasionally to keep them dust free.

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Forget about it! Your ZZ plant basically thrives off of neglect.
- Plant Mom

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