ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamifolia) is a beautiful leafy plant with interesting thick, glossy green leaves. While the ZZ plant can be grown outdoors, it makes a fantastic almost un-killable indoor plant. It’s been described as the ultimate indoor plant because of its tolerance to low light and lack of water. In the wild it survives drought periods by disappearing almost completely and then re-sprouting from its underground, potato-like tubers when the rains eventually come. So, in the unlikely event that your ZZ plant appears to have died, a good drink just might encourage it to start developing new shoots.

How to grow zz plant in a pot

  1. Zz plant will grow very happily in quite small pots (from 200mm in diameter). The plant will also tolerate a more dimly lit position. 
  2. Fill chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as Yates Thrive Indoor Plants Potting Mix.
  3. Plant into pot and water in well. Feed zz plant occasionally during the growing season (spring to autumn) with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food.
  4. Water when the potting mix is dry - insert your index finger to the first knuckle, if it's dry, water and if it's moist leave watering for a few more days. 

How to grow zz plant in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained, shaded spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in some Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  2. Dig a hole in the prepared area, place the plant in the bottom of the planting hole, gently backfill around the plant’s root ball with soil then water well.
  3. Reapply Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed around the root zone during the growing season from spring until mid autumn to promote good soil health & healthy green foliage.
  4. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw and water in well. Do not over water them as they don’t like wet feet.
  5. Feed fortnightly from spring to autumn with Yates Thrive Indoor Liquid Plant Food or use a Yates Thrive Indoor Plants & Ferns Dripper which feeds for 4 weeks. 

Growing tips

  • Keep the leaves clean by wiping with a damp cloth.
  • When a plant becomes crowded in the pot it can be split and divided. Gently remove from pot and loosen soil to reveal roots. You'll see they're divided into clumps, which can be easily seperated into sections using a sharp knife. 
  • The sap of zz plant is toxic and, if ingested, could make you unwell so, after dividing the plant, make sure you wash hands well with soap and water.

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