ZZ Plant Plant Features
Looking for an easy-to-grow houseplant? Check out ZZ plant -- it's truly one of the toughest around, making it a perfect choice to add to your home or office. Whether you're able to give it steady care, travel a lot, or just get distracted by all the stresses of daily life, ZZ plant survives it all. Plus, it looks good: The plant features shiny, dark green leaves that look waxy (some people even think they're plastic).
Haven't heard of ZZ plant? You're not alone; it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. It was discovered in Eastern Africa in the 1800s, but it wasn't until the 1990s that it really took off as a houseplant. While ZZ plant isn't exactly rare, it's still catching on -- so grow ZZ plant and you can be ahead of the trend.
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ZZ Plant Growing Instructions
What makes ZZ plant such a good houseplant is that it's wonderfully tolerant to a wide range of conditions, including low light, low humidity, and periods of drought. That means it will survive just about any corner of your home, even if you only water it once every couple of weeks (it grows best, though, when watered as the top inch or two of the potting mix dries). Like most other plants, ZZ plant doesn't even need natural light -- it'll thrive just fine indoors under fluorescent lights, such as those in office buildings.
As a survival technique, ZZ plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaflets fall, don't give up hope. Water your plant again and it should resuscitate. It's best to water ZZ plant when the top inch or so of the soil dries.
Fertilize ZZ plant once every six months or so with a general-purpose fertilizer labeled for use on houseplants. You can also fertilize more frequently if you want your plant to grow larger and faster.
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ZZ plant is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
Indoors: High light
Indoors: Low light
Indoors: Medium light
Low water needs, Medium water needs
Purifies the air
Super-easy to grow
Complement your ZZ Plant with these varieties:
Snake plant looks great with ZZ plant -- and these are two of the easiest houseplants to grow.
Give your ZZ plant a splash of color by pairing it with a beautiful red aglaonema.
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Zamioculcas zamiifolia 'Raven'
Raven ZZ plant features dark, purple-black foliage that contrasts other houseplants. It grows about 30 inches (76 cm) tall and wide.
Zamicro ZZ plant is a charming dwarf variety that stays a little smaller than the regular variety.