ZZ Plant

Growing Zones in Ground: 8 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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Zamaioculcas Zamiifolia (Zanzibar), commonly called the ‘ZZ Plant’ is known for its waxy leaves. The ZZ plant is perfect for beginners due to its tolerance of neglect, low light, and drought conditions. Even the most novice gardeners can easily grow the ZZ plant as it can take weeks and even months of neglect and still look great. With its waxy coating and sculpture-like appearance, many often mistake it for a fake plant.


It does best in moderate indirect light, requires very little water, and is happy without fertilizer.

What’s Included

  • A healthy plant in its pot with soil
  • All the tips and tricks for plant care

Please Note: The pot shown in the pictures may be for inspiration purposes only and does not mean the plant will come with the pot pictured. All plants are shipped in a plastic grower pot unless otherwise stated/chosen.

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Plant Facts

Lighting Requirements

Your ZZ Plant will thrive in a spot with indirect moderate to bright light. Make sure that the light is not too intense for your ZZ Plant as this can cause scaling and brown spots on the leaves; the leaves may also curl up. ZZ Plants are best located in a windowless office or bathroom as the fluorescent lights typically present in these rooms give off only a small amount of light.

Watering Needs

The ZZ Plant does best when it gets less water, not more. Wait until the soil is completely dry, then water it thoroughly until it flows out into the saucer. It usually needs water only once ever 1-2 weeks. Make sure to not overwater the plant – this is one of the only ways this tough plant can die. A yellow ZZ Plant means that the plant may be getting overwatered and is rotting.


ZZ Plants don’t need any extra humidity.

Temperature Preferences

The ZZ plant generally prefers temperatures between 65°F-75° Fahrenheit.


Your ZZ plant should be fertilized twice a year with any general-purpose fertilizer.


The ZZ Plant is considered to be mildly toxic to humans and pets. Any ingestion or consumption can cause irritation of the stomach and mouth along with possible nausea and/or vomiting.

Extra Care

The ZZ Plant has evolved to drop its leaflets to preserve moisture during drought. If you forget to water your plant and see the leaves start to fall off, don’t worry! This is just the plant’s natural survival technique and it will recover soon after being watered again. Additionally, the plant’s leaves are naturally glossy and don’t need to be sprayed with any leaf shine products. The ZZ Plant almost thrives on neglect and is happy even when being ignored.