ZZ Plant: An Easy Houseplant With Glossy Green Leaves

Looking for a low-maintenance houseplant with gorgeous glossy-green leaves? It’s time to add a ZZ Plant to your home!

ZZ Plant, or Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, is a tropical plant grown frequently as a houseplant. This plant is known for its drought-tolerance, and generally requires watering only once every 2-3 weeks. ZZ Plant is also not prone to common plant diseases or pests, and thrives even in low-light indoor conditions.

Read on to learn all about ZZ Plant.

ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant: The Basics

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a perennial plant native to Africa. ZZ Plants have glossy green leaves and thick, water-storing rhizomes. ZZ Plant is also called Zanzibar Gem, Eternity Plant, and Aroid Palm.

Buying ZZ Plants

Although rare several decades ago, ZZ Plants are becoming easier to find in garden centers and plant nurseries. Here are some plant shops that offer ZZ Plants for sale:

ZZ Plants

Caring For ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant is an easy plant to care for. They grow best when planted in quality organic potting mix and in containers with good drainage. ZZ Plant tolerates low light levels and only has to be watered every 2-3 weeks.

ZZ Plants are not prone to many common houseplant insects or diseases. They may get some mildew or root rot if the soil is kept damp. These are houseplants that do better without too much water. Let the soil dry out between waterings, trusting that the thick underground roots are storing water for dry periods between waterings.

ZZ Plant

Leaf-Drop In ZZ Plants

ZZ Plants are generally evergreen perennials, but may drop their leaves like deciduous plants if they become stressed. Lack of water (drought) is a common reason for ZZ Plants to drop their leaves. The plants drop their leaves and focus on storing their remaining water in their underground rhizomes. If watered soon after leaf drop, the ZZ Plant may grow new leaves as it rehydrates.

Mary Jane Duford

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