Low ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. This plant makes an ideal plant for a window-less office or bathroom where it will only receive small amounts of fluorescent light. While ZZ plants can take direct light, you may see some scalding on the leaves if it is left in direct light. Additionally, curling leaves, yellowing and leaning can all be an indication of too much light. When you notice curling taking place, it typically means the plant is trying to move away from the light source. Move the plant to a shadier location or farther away from the light source. You can also try filtering the light with curtains or blinds if moving the plant is not feasible.
Indirect Indirect sunlight from an east or south-facing window encourages maximum photosynthesis in ZZ plants. Avoid any direct sunlight exposure, because foliage quickly burns.
Watering FrequencyWatering Freq.
Low About every two weeks
Allow potting mix to dry out completely between waterings.
Small Growth and Size. Although it usually grows to a height and spread of 2 to 3 feet, ZZ plant can grow up to 5 feet. ZZ plant grows from an underground rhizome that looks somewhat like a potato. It matures faster when more rhizomes or larger rhizomes are grown together.
The ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) gets its common name from its botanical name. As Zamioculcas zamiifolia was long and difficult to say, many nursery workers simply shortened it to ZZ. ZZ plant stems grow in a graceful, wand-like shape that starts thick and bulbous at the base and then tapers to a point. Along the stem are fleshy, oval-shaped leaves that make the plant look like stylized feathers. The entire plant has a waxy, shiny coating that makes it appear to resemble those made of plastic. Between the sculptural qualities of the plant and its waxy coating, it is not uncommon for people to insist that it must be an artificial plant.
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