ZZ Plant Care

ZZ Plant Care

☀️ Light

ZZ Plants prefer medium to bright indirect light, but it is extremely adaptable and will do fine in any room that is not completely darkness.

Great for windowless rooms with only fluorescent lighting.

💦 Water

Water only when the soil is completely dry all the way through the pot.

Water the surface of the soil thoroughly until water comes out of the drainage hole at the base of the pot, and allow to drain for 15-20 minutes in a sink or tub.

This is very important: never let your plant sit in water or soggy soil, as it can lead to root rot.

If you're not sure your ZZ plant is thirsty, it is preferable to err on the safe side and water less frequently - leave it for a week or two and then come back to water it.

🐈 Pets

This plant is mildly toxic if ingested. Symptoms include mouth and stomach irritation. Me-OW!

🧐 Common issues

Leaf Dropping

In their native habitats in Africa, ZZ plants have adapted to survive through extreme drought. One of the ways it does this is by dropping its leaves when there's not enough water to support the entire plant.

If you're seeing leaves drop, don't worry, give your plant a thorough watering using the steps listed in the watering section above. The leaf dropping should stop in a few days to a week.

Yellow Leaves

This is generally caused from watering your plant too frequently. If you see yellow leaves, cut back on watering for a few weeks and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again.

Brown Leaf tips 

The most common cause for this is excess minerals in your tap water.

Try using filtered water or let your watering can or jug sit with water in it overnight before watering. This helps get rid of excess minerals in tap water that can cause brown tips.

If you don't like the appearance of the brown tips, you can trim the edges of the leaves with a clean scissors. This will not cause the plant any harm, but be sure not to remove more than 20% of the plant's leaves at once. 

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