Best Tips on How to Grow a Healthy ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant


The ZZ plant or Zanibar gem is a medium succulent-like plant that originates from Africa. It grows long stems from a swollen base, which are covered in thick glossy dark green leaves. They are known to be easy to care for and can be grown in a variety of positions, without much attention. 

ZZ general care

ZZ plant is one of the easiest to care for indoor plants. It can grow in a wide range of conditions and doesn’t require any special conditions. It is a favourite because it can grow without much light or water and grows slowly enough that it is easy to maintain. 

Water ZZ sparingly

ZZ plant stores a lot of water in it’s swollen base, stems, and roots meaning it can go for long periods without needing water. Allow the soil to fully dry out between waterings. Well draining plant pots and soil is very important and make sure to water less in Winter. 

Low to medium amount of light

ZZ plant prefers bright indirect light but will be just as happy in lower light areas making it a very versatile plant and is often seen in offices and retail buildings. Be careful of too much light which will burn the leaves. 

Standard temperature and humidity

ZZ plant doesn’t have any special humidity requirements, although they don’t like when the temperature gets too low. Standard house temperatures are suitable but warmer areas are preferred. 

Propagates easily 

There are three main ways to propagate ZZ plant, each with its own benefits. First is by taking cuttings of the leaves, place them in water and roots will eventually grow. Another similar method is to take cuttings but of the whole stem and place in water. The last method is by simply dividing the mother plant and separating out the babies.
ZZ Plant propagation

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About Caleb Young

Caleb is the business director and co-founder of The Planted Pot. On this blog he shares his tips and tricks for growing and caring for a wide variety of plants, and hopes to inspire others to bring more plants into their lives and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.