I recently saw someone on social media call this plant basic and I kind of laughed in agreement.
It’s definitely one of those houseplants you see everywhere, you can probably pick one up at the grocery store and you don’t have to do anything special, or really anything at all, to keep it growing.
The ZZ plant is loved for its deep green leaves that are so naturally glossy it is often mistaken for a fake plant. Best of all it can survive and continue to look healthy in conditionals that are less than ideal, i.e. extreme low light, forgetfully waterers. This is the plant to put on your desk at the office and forget about while it quietly freshens the air, looks amazing and asks for almost nothing in return.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia better known as the ZZ plant because who can say Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is a rhizome plant. If you un-pot a ZZ you will see its thick, round, potato like growths where you would expect fibrous roots. The rhizomes store moisture for the plant and are its secret weapon against neglect. Just be careful not to let them sit in water or you may notice they start to get mushy or completely rot.
ZZ plants are easy to propagate by simply dividing a part of the rhizome and re-planting in soil. Alternatively you can place a stem cutting in some water and wait for roots to show up before re-planting. These are great for sharing with any friends who have bad luck with plants. Trust me it will help build their houseplant confidence since they are nearly impossible to kill.
Give the plant a good soak every two weeks or when the soil is dry to the touch.
A well draining pot and soil are you best friends on this one.
If the watering is getting out of hand the plant will let you know by slowly turning yellow.
When in doubt check the soil or skip watering, the plant will be just fine thanks to its juicy water storing rhizomes.
Bright indirect sunlight is awesome if you’ve got it but low light won’t deter this plant from getting its grow on.
This plant can tolerate low light or artificial light conditions, although of course, it will grow healthier and stronger with adequate natural light.
Good to Know
This plant is toxic to people and pets if ingested.
It also contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause skin irritation.
Handling the leaves is usually ok but consider using gloves if you have sensitive skin.
This is the perfect plant for the office and will be just fine in low light or fluorescent light.
Keep the leaves dust free to allow the plant to breathe better, not to mention look so so shiny!
Beware of rhizome rot. Do not leave a the plant sitting in water or overly saturated soil.
ZZ plants can get around 3’ tall indoors just make sure it has room to grow, and increase the pot size when things get tight.