Plant Care Guide Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Difficulty Level: Low Key
Low Key

What is the Zz plant?

The Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, also known as the “Aroid Palm” and the “Zz Plant,” is a low-maintenance succulent that is perfect for houseplant novices and veterans alike. It is characterized by its glossy, oval-shaped leaves. The deep green foliage brings just the right amount of color to any room in your home.

This plant is not prone to pests and only requires a very simple care regime, so you will have nothing to fear while watching it grow. When given optimal lighting and kept on a loose watering schedule, it is certain to flourish in its new home!

Light CareLight Care

The Zz plant prefers bright, indirect light, as is the case which many other luxury houseplants. Indirect sunlight allows for the plant to grow properly without fear of being exposed to too much light and having its leaves become burned or discolored.

Also, a space that offers consistent bright, indirect light allows the plant to avoid receiving too little exposure to the sun, which could cause it to experience stunted growth or, in more severe cases, premature death. Ideally, find a spot near a windowsill to place your plant.

Water CareWater Care

Water your Zz Plant on a biweekly basis, and evenly disperse the water so that you can provide moisture for as much of the plant’s soil as possible. Doing this biweekly is important, as it prevents the plant from becoming overwatered and suffering from water pooling and causing root rot. The soil should be almost entirely dried out by the time you return to water it again.

To check the water levels of your plant’s soil, place a water meter a few inches into the soil, where it will give you an accurate indication. If you do not own a water meter, stick one finger knuckle-deep into the soil. At this depth, you will be able to accurately account for the soil’s level of moistness.

Food GuideFood Guide

Zz plants are tolerant of all types of houseplant soil, so long as it drains well to protect against water becoming stagnant. Normal potting mixtures are perfect for the plant, and if it isn’t draining as well as it should, add items such as sand and perlite.

During the growing season, fertilize your Zz Plant 1 or 2 times, using plant fertilizer that has been diluted to half its usual strength. This plant does not actually require fertilization in order to grow properly, though its introduction will work to reinforce its growth.

Staff Holy Grail Pro-Tip:

If you happen to notice yellow marks appearing on your ZZ Plant, there’s a chance that you’re dealing with an aphid infestation! Aphids love the sap produced by the ZZ Plant, making it an easy target. In order to remove the aphids and return your plant to its healthiest form, simply rub its leaves with a mild soap and hot water solution!

-Sara | Creative Director