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. 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. 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.
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Low to high light
Not below 40°F
Keep soil moist, but do not let zz plant stand in water
To 4 feet tall and wide
This plant is not intended for human or animal consumption
Windows, offices, bathrooms, low light dining and living areas
ZZ plant removes harmful chemicals from indoor air