ZZ Plants are one of the hardiest plants in nature. They thrive without much attention and are content with low light conditions. Despite being very low-maintenance, this plant boasts elegant deep green foliage that makes an excellent addition to homes and offices.
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Below is a general care guide for ZZ Plants which can slightly differ depending on variety.
Light & Temperature
ZZ plants can survive in a wide range of lighting conditions which makes them perfect indoor plants. However, they thrive best in bright, indirect light and can grow leggy when not given sufficient light.
Average household temperatures are fine for ZZ plants but try to avoid placing them in a location close to drafts or particularly cold areas at home.
Watering, Humidity & Misting
Much like cacti, ZZ plants need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has completely dried out. The rare way you can kill the plant is by overwatering it. It can survive droughts but will grow faster when watered regularly, usually about once every 10-14 days.
ZZ plants do well in average indoor humidity and don’t need to be misted.
Soil and Repotting
ZZ plants are not picky in terms of soil as long as you use a well-draining potting mix.
They should only be repotted once they outgrow the pot. This is usually evident when the rhizomes start to press up against the edge of the planter or warping the shape of the planter.
The simplest way to propagate a ZZ plant is by division. Simply separate the rhizomes the next time you repot your ZZ plant and pot it in a clean new pot using fresh soil.
ZZ plants do not really require fertilising to thrive. However, to keep the plant in its best health, use a balanced fertiliser. Follow the directions on the label of our Down to Earth. organic plant food.
ZZ plants are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
Under the right care and conditions, your plant will grow happy and healthy. But here are some issues you may encounter while caring for a ZZ Plant:
Aphids, whitefly, mealybugs, scales and spider mites - When spotted, wash off with soapy water. If the problem persists, use neem oil.
Mushy stalks, leaf drop and/or yellowing leaves - This is most likely due to overwatering. Hold off on watering and cut affected leaves. Once the soil has completely dried out, the plant is ready for a drink.this can take up to a month.
Dry, crispy tips - You might be underwatering your plant. Prune the affected leaves and increase your watering frequency.