She’ll love you if you feed her with a liquid fertiliser about once a month (no more than that) in spring and summer.
Most light conditions
She’s an ideal option if you don’t have bright rooms. She’ll cope with very little light, though not total darkness.
She doesn’t need a lot of water, particularly in winter. Water her only when the top two inches of soil are dry.
Keep her looking her shiny best by giving her leaves a gentle wipe with a soft cloth every now and again. Not often; just when she's looking dusty.
ZZ Plant; Fern Arum
Evergreen perennial; indoor
Plant height (including pot)
20-30cm; 60-70cm; 80-90cm
Toxic to humans and pets if ingested
Nursery pot size
12cm; 17cm; 24cm
About ZZ Plants
The ZZ plant, or zamioculcas, is native to Central Africa, but has spread across much of the eastern side of the continent too. It’s used to extremes of weather, surviving long periods of drought and then intense downpours. The ways it’s adapted to those conditions are the reason it’s such an excellent, easygoing houseplant.
It can store water and nutrients for a long time, meaning you don’t need to give it a drink very often. When you do water it, make sure to let all the excess run out of the bottom of the pot, so as not to waterlog it. It will cope with neglect - the odd missed watering; minimal light - a lot better than most plants. If you like a plant that’s easygoing and sculptural, look no further.
Give it an extra growth boost by feeding it with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer.
Did you know?
In various parts of Tanzania, the juice of the ZZ plant is used to treat earache, inflammation and ulceration. It’s a regular little green nurse.