Is zamioculcas zamiifolia:
a) an incantation from the mind of J.K. Rowling
b) a rare, lesser known breed of three-toed sloth
c) your new favorite, low maintenance house plant
If you answered “c,” you’re correct! And if you’re bummed about it not being “a” or “b” too, let’s be friends! Now let’s talk (plant) shop!
Lucky for you, your zamioculcas zamiifolia is MUCH easier to take care of than it is to pronounce its name. We (and everybody else) like to call it ZZ for short and think it’s perfect for the most beginner of beginning plant ladies to the more seasoned pros. Once you’ve unboxed your plant and unwrapped all of the elements, discard (or upcycle!) the packaging.
Everything in its Place
Your new ZZ plant will live its best life in indirect, moderate light conditions. What’s right? Try at least three feet from a sunny window. These little guys can survive in low light conditions but tend to harbor hibernation-like tendencies when kept in darker conditions (read: it will grow slower). Pro Tip: your new plant pal is just like you and will burn if kept in direct sunlight. Sunny window sills are no friend to plants!
Tall Drink of Water
Your new ZZ is also pretty low key when it comes to watering sessions. For any and every house plant we recommend setting up a regular watering schedule and sticking to it. The ZZ makes like a camel and stores water easily in its roots and stems so start with a weekly schedule of around ½ cup of H20. You’ll want to ensure the soil is completely dry before your next watering session. If you’re finding its still damp to the touch before your next session, give yourself more time in between sessions! Pro Tip: ZZ plants can weather a fair amount of neglect. If you go on vacation and forget to schedule a plant sitter, fret not! Your little guy will be just fine when you come back.
If you notice your ZZ leaves are curling it means you’re giving your little guy too much light! Scoot him a few feet further from the light source. Yellow leaves? You may be overwatering. Dial back the amount at your hydration session and watch him bounce back to life!