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ZZ Plant

Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Plant Type
Perennial
Mature Size
2-4 ft tall, 2-4 ft wide
Sun exposure
Bright, indirect light
Soil Type
Well-draining
Soil PH
Neutral to acidic
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Yellow, green, white
Hardiness Zones
Native Area
East Africa
Toxicity
ZZ Plant

Introduction

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, more commonly known as the ZZ Plant, is an evergreen perennial native to Tropical Eastern Africa. It's a hardy houseplant often characterized by its thick succulent leaves and tall central stalk which create a unique tropical feel. The ZZ plant requires minimal care from its owners - it thrives in normal indoor temperatures between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit and all types of light conditions, including low light or direct sunlight. It also appreciates watering only when the soil has completely dried out, making it an ideal choice for beginners or those with busy lifestyles. If you're looking for an unkillable statement piece to welcome into your living space, the ZZ Plant is definitely worth considering!

ZZ Plant Care

The ZZ plant, is a low-light, drought-tolerant plant is perfect for beginners or those with a busy lifestyle, as it requires minimal attention. ZZ plants prefer bright, indirect light, but can also tolerate low-light conditions. They thrive in well-draining soil and should be watered only when the soil has dried out completely. A room temperature between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit is suitable, and humidity is not a major concern for ZZ plants. During the growing season, a balanced houseplant fertilizer can be applied monthly.

Light

Although ZZ plants can tolerate low light conditions, they prefer bright, indirect light to grow best. Direct sunlight, particularly the harsh afternoon sun, can scorch the leaves, so make sure the light is filtered or the plant is in a shaded location.

Soil

ZZ plants are not picky about soil, but they do need well-draining soil to avoid waterlogged conditions which can lead to root rot. A general-purpose potting mix should work fine, or a cactus/succulent mix can also be used for enhanced drainage.

Water

One of the main selling points of ZZ plants is their drought tolerance. Watering should be done only when the soil is completely dry to the touch - typically every 1-2 weeks depending on the conditions of your home. Overwatering can lead to yellowing leaves and root rot, so it's better to err on the side of underwatering.

Temperature and Humidity

ZZ plants prefer temperatures between 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can tolerate a range from 45 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Sudden temperature fluctuations should be avoided. Humidity is not a major concern for ZZ plants, and they will do well in the average home's humidity level.

Fertilizer

During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your ZZ plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month. Follow the recommended dosage on the product label, and remember not to fertilize during the dormant winter months. Over-fertilization can lead to salt buildup in the soil, which can damage the plant's roots.

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