How To Care For ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) The Ultimate Guide

The ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) is a beginner-friendly and low-maintenance houseplant that can really create a statement in a room. It thrives in darker places in your house and can live in places most other plants won’t be able to grow. Due to their thick stems, they can survive without being watered for a very long time (weeks).

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How To Care For Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

One of the easiest ways to care for a ZZ Plant is simply to give them water. They can get enough water from the air (but, don’t get too close), so it doesn’t really matter whether or not you water them. They like moisture from the air or moisture that is filtered through the soil.

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While you’re watering, don’t forget to spray them lightly with a water mist spray bottle. This will also help increase the humidity in your room. While you’re drying them, don’t just throw them on the dryer; check the instructions to see how long they need to dry completely. (The moisture in the air isn’t enough to completely dry the roots on their own.) They shouldn’t dry out entirely before they can be repotted.

Where To Put ZZ Plants

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The ZZ Plant is known to tolerate long-term neglect. You can put it behind a picture frame, large plant pot, or anything that allows you to add light. You can plant them in small pots as long as you keep them moist at all times. If it’s a new plant that you’ve just bought, be sure to store it in a cool, dark, urban, and humid place until it’s established. Once it’s established, you can take it outside during the day.  ZZ plants don’t like direct sunlight and it can damage their stems and leaves.

Watering Your ZZ Plant

They do not require regular water but do need some light and moisture. Due to this, you have to be very careful with watering them, at least on alternate days. Soaking the plant for less than five minutes helps it absorb the water faster and without losing too much of its water. To grow your ZZ Plant in large enough quantity, you should focus on watering it on alternate days to help it retain water in its roots and leaves. You can do this with a spray bottle, misting, or with a cotton ball. It will grow in a smooth way. The more water you give your ZZ Plant, the bigger it will grow.

Fertilize Your ZZ Plant

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The ZZ Plant is supposed to be a houseplant, so don’t be scared to use fertilizer. You can buy Zamioculcas Zamiifolia Organic Seed Plant Food, but don’t rely solely on it. Since most people buy these from nurseries, you might not know if it’s an organic or not. While it might not be an issue for someone who is experienced, it can be a red flag for those who are new to gardening. We recommend looking for both, but not relying solely on fertilizer.

ZZ Plant Pests

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While it’s unlikely that ZZ Plant will attract bugs to itself, like most houseplants, they can still attract some visitors. The worst thing a ZZ Plant can attract is cockroaches. These ugly-looking pests aren’t all that hard to kill. They tend to hang out in dark, humid places (like under the sink), and one of the best ways to deter them from landing there is by keeping a tidy kitchen. Have a friend cover the shelves under your sink with a thick layer of newspaper to help keep out the roaches (one layer should be sufficient). The same will not help if you have a ZZ Plant in your kitchen. Cockroaches, specifically, like dark places, and the best thing to do is simply remove the ZZ Plant.


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I hope you have enjoyed reading this guide to helping you become the best ZZ Plant owner ever. Hopefully, I helped you with answering the question, “How do I care for Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)”. I would love to hear from you. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoy your beautiful ZZ Plant!

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