How to Care for a ZZ Plant

How to Care for a ZZ Plant

How to Care for a ZZ Plant

Otherwise known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia or Zanzibar Gem, ZZ plants are super popular as they are one of the easiest indoor plants to care for, not to mention their GORGEOUS, lush foliage! These plants thrive off neglect making them the perfect plant for forgetful plant parents. If green isn't your vibe they also come in an awesome black foliage variety. Unfortunately, ZZ plants are toxic to pets. Best to keep them out of reach of both children and pets to be safe. Here are some tips on how to keep your new ZZ plant thriving!

 

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Light

ZZ plants love medium to low light. These gorgeous plants thrive under fluorescent lights in offices and commercial buildings, making them great for businesses that want to add greenery to a workspace. A heads up though: keep your ZZ plant away from any direct light as it can cause their foliage to burn or start yellowing. 

Although ZZ plants are tough and can survive in very low light, they will not survive in no light. Take notice of the lighting change in winter and ensure your plant is still receiving the light it needs.   

Temperature/Humidity

To help your ZZ plant thrive, find it a home in a warm space. These awesome plants are pretty good at adapting to their surrounding but if you want yours to grow and thrive, it will need some humidity. One way to help provide your plants with extra moisture is misting, however, ZZ plants hold a lot of water in their leaves, so don't usually like too much. Instead, try a humidifier or if you do mist, then just do half your normal amount. We recommend once every three to four weeks.

 Unfortunately, ZZ plants are not happy when exposed to colder temperatures. Remember to keep them away from windows in the colder months to prevent damage.

 

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Water

Yes! There is such a thing as too much love. These plants don't require lots of consistent watering as ZZ plants have a bulb root system that stores lots of water. Allow the soil to dry out between drinks to keep your plant healthy and avoid things like root rot. A sign to look out for if you think you may be overwatering is the browning of the leaf tips. If this is occurring, let the soil dry out and start again. 

You may also have to change up your watering schedule as the seasons change. During the colder months, you will have to water your ZZ plant less frequently and keep a closer eye on your plant throughout the warmer summer months. 

Soil/Feed

ZZ plants love free-draining soil as they don't like sitting in too much water. A great way to create free-draining soil is by mixing in perlite. We like to use equal parts perlite, potting mix and compost, creating great aeration in the soil and still giving the plant some nutrients from the organic matter in compost. 

Overall, ZZ plants don't need too much plant food, but in spring your ZZ plant loves an extra boost! Remember to halve the dosage and feed it every three to four weeks through spring. Our favourite product for a ZZ plant is Houseplant Pump n Feed by Kiwi care.

 


We hope you love your new ZZ Plant! If you have any further questions or concerns about your ZZ Plant email us at info@plantcollective.co.nz

 

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