Indoor Plant Ideas: The ZZ Plant

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When you love plants, you want to have them in your home as well as outside. Sadly, houseplants can be much more difficult to grow, especially in low lighting. I’ve written about a few plants that I grow successfully indoors, and today I’m sharing a new purchase, the ZZ plant.

The ZZ Plant – Zamioculcas Zamifolia

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The ZZ plant or Zamioculcas Zamifolia, is a native of eastern Africa and is a member of the aroid family just like the Philodendron. The area where it is native, has long periods of drought, often followed by long periods of rain. Since it has adapted to such odd conditions, it makes a great houseplant for those who do not have a lot of light.


Sun:          Indirect and low lighting
Water:      Minimal especially in lower lighting – Never let it sit in water
Height:     Up to 3 feet but slow growing


It also doesn’t need to be watered very often. In fact, you will notice that the potting mix is very course allowing for a fast drain when watered. And like many plants, it hates to have wet feet, so make sure you don’t let it sit in water. This plant also has no particular humidity needs and very little to no pest problems.

ZZ Plant in office - Indoor Plant Ideas -

I bought this plant a couple of months ago. It sits on my desk with couple of other plants next to a south eastern window which gets some light but is not extremely bright.

Close up of leaves - ZZ Plant -

I like the lush glossy leaves and the fullness of this plant. So far it is looking great and has grown a bit, although it is thought to be a relatively slow grower, especially in lower lighting areas. I have noticed that I do need to watch and make sure when I water that I check back after a few minutes, and get rid of any extra water lying in the saucer.

Note: All parts of the plant are said to be poisonous. Keep away from children and pets.

While I was doing some research, I found this interesting article by Mr. Brown Thumb about getting the feel of the weight of your pots, to know when to water. I like this idea. The finger method is a good one, but sometimes I’m just not sure, and let me tell you have I have killed a plant or two in the past by over-watering.

I also really liked this detailed and humorous information about Zamioculcas Zamifolia in this article from Plants are the Strangest People.

If you like plants then you should have them inside your home too.

Give the ZZ plant a try. I’m very happy I with mine.

The ZZ plant, Zamioculcas Zamifolia, is a popular houseplant with gorgeous lush foliage. It's very easy to care for and thrives in low lighting situations.



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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. This plant is beautiful! The green would be so pretty inside, especially in the winter!

  2. I haven’t seen one of these and now I will have pay attention when I check out plants. Great post!

  3. Its really cute! I love the fresh green and shape of the leaves. I’ll have to keep my eye out for one!

    • Thanks Heather! I often go for the wispy fern or flower but there’s something about the fleshy lush leaves that I really like about this one. I hope you find one soon.

  4. I have fallen back in love with terra cotta pots because you can see when the soil is dried out by the color of the pot. Plus it breathes so you are less likely to drown a plant than in the plastic pots. Though I have grown house plants in abundance for 40 years I am just learning this. 🙂 I have yet to find this plant but it looks like a good one, love the glossy leaves, it reminds me of my lemon trees.

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