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Zamioculcas zamiifolia - ZZ Plant


Known to thrive on neglect, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, commonly known as the ZZ Plant, is one of the most popular houseplants on the market today. It's characterized by it's thick, glossy green leaves and upright stems. ZZ Plants are virtually indestructible plant grows from large rhizomes that resemble potatoes. These rhizomes store water efficiently and the plant can tolerate periods of drought.

The ZZ Plant will thrive in a lower-light environment, making it a good choice for the interior of your home. Some research studies have shown the ZZ plant to remove toxins from the air, yet more research is needed to support this claim. If you're new to plants or looking for a gift this plant should be at the top of your list! Super easy to grow!

The ZZ Plant is also available in exotic black foliage, you can see here. 

Please note, all parts of the ZZ Plant are known to be toxic if ingested -- be mindful around your critters!

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia
  • Common Name:  Zanzibar gem, ZZ plant, Zuzu plant, aroid palm, eternity plant, or emerald palm
  • Family: Araceae
  • Native Range: Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Low-light tolerant. Prefers medium or bright indirect light.
  • Water: The ZZ plant's root system stores water very efficiently which is why they are so drought tolerant, Avoid over-watering (#1 killer of ZZ plant) and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
  • Soil: Use a well-draining potting mix.
  • Humidity:  Low to Medium. The ZZ doesn’t require any extra humidity.
  • Temperature:  60-75F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth.
  • Feeding:  Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer (20-20-20) once a month and reduce frequency in winter.
  • Propagation: Division, Rhizomes, Leaf Cuttings
  • Growth: Upright
  • Pests: Look out for Aphids
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets 

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