ZZ Plant


(72 Reviews)

It’s a mouthful.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  You probably don’t want to waste much time with the pronunciation, so let’s just call it the ‘ZZ Plant’ and be done with it.  And, if you want to be descriptive, go with ‘EZ-ZZ’, because this one is really, really easy to keep in your home, apartment, or dorm room.  Although it’s in the Araceae family, and related to Spaths, Pothos, and Philodendron, this family member has much less need for water, light, and human attention.  In fact, sometimes it’s best to ignore watering it for up to 2 whole months and just enjoy its nearly plastic-looking leaves.  The ZZ Plant, sometimes called the Zanzibar Gem, has its natural roots in the tropical regions of eastern Africa.  Its long, graceful leaves produce leaflets that are thick and shiny and can resemble certain holly leaves with the characteristic pointed apex.  So, if you’re looking for a great plant that requires very little light, hardly any water, and will thrive on neglect, let us put a ZZ on your doorstep or send one to a brown-thumbed friend, and enjoy this people-proof oxygen producer.

Plant Details

Size 2-3', 3-4'
Difficulty Easy Care Level
Light Low Light
Pet Friendly This plant may be toxic to pets

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Pairs Well With


The ZZ Plant is one of our favorite PLANTZ.  It might have something to do with the extensive use of the letter “Z”, but we love it.  If you’re looking for a ‘get it, and (nearly) forget it’ plant, try this one.  To keep its leaves glossy and shiny, there’s only a few things you need to know:


This plant is a light drinker, rarely requiring watering more than once a month.  With proper sub-irrigation techniques, we’ve seen these plants thrive on 45-day watering intervals.  Use your Soil Sleuth (probe).  Check it every couple weeks.  When it gets really dry, wait 2 more weeks and then water it thoroughly (and forget it for several more weeks).


The ZZ plant thrive in medium light, but can be sustained in very low light.  In fact, there are scenarios where you can give it too much light, like unfiltered sunlight from an adjacent window.  Filtered light is best, but you can use this plant practically anywhere except your closet; unless, of course, you have really cool closet with a nice window).


The ZZ Plant likely will not need to be fed during the first 6 months after it has shipped. During this time, it will use the residual nutrients from nursery production. After 6 months, it can be fed quarterly with a complete fertilizer formulated for interior plants.


Simply wiping the leaves with a wet cloth usually does the trick for dust removal. For spots where something else (besides dust) has landed on your plant, use a mild soapy solution to wet the cloth; then wipe.  EZ-ZZ.


There’s not a lot to do here either.  Sometimes, you’ll get a random yellowing leaflet that can be pruned or pinched off.  If an entire leaf starts to go yellow, prune it all the way back to the stem.


In an unofficial survey of PLANTZ staff, we’re not sure we’ve ever seen a bug on a ZZ.  If one shows up, take a picture and send it to us as proof; then wipe it off with a rag or sponge soaked in a mild soapy solution.


Like many in the Araceae family, the leaves and stems of the ZZ are toxic to animals (including humans), so do not ingest any part of the plant.  And, we’ve just been informed that cats are actually animals too; so, if you have a cat (or dog, or any other pet), keep them away from the ZZ.

Customer Reviews for
ZZ Plant

(72 Reviews)
  1. Holly B. Verified Buyer

    Great looking plant!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks so much! Remember that this one will not need water as often as the white bird so please make sure the soil is dry before you water it.

  2. Maxie Terry Verified Buyer

    All was well except for the delivery. I think the plant was either dropped or turned over. Dirt was spilled out of the pot. It appears to be ok now.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! It sounds like it may have been roughed up a bit during the trip. Please send me a photo so I can make sure it is doing well.

  3. Jerome H. Verified Buyer

    My son loves the plant. The back story of why I purchased my son Jerome this plant is due to.

    I NEVER wanted a plant nor flowers. I just can’t take care of them. I researched plants for people like me and my search lead me to this website to purchase a ZZ-Zanzibar

    Zamioculcas. I absolutely LOVE your tutorials, YouTube videos, and website. I love how your emails are VERY detailed and have an abundance of information. After my mother passed, I decided to buy a plant. Because having to relocate to move with my mother. Over a 10 year span, I had to care for her flowerbeds the best that I could. She Loved flowers.

    I was so excited about my plant. That I had to buy my son one. He LOVES plants. I even told my friends and family.

    Lontine H.

  4. Jeremy Morton Verified Buyer

    Amazing quality!

  5. hunleylontine Verified Buyer

    THIS IS WHY! I am really glad that I stumbled across this website! I LOVE all of the information regarding any shipping update.

    I NEVER wanted a plant nor flowers. I just can’t take care of them. I researched plants for people like me and my search lead me to this website to purchase a ZZ-Zanzibar Zamioculcas. I absolutely LOVE your tutorials, YouTube videos, and website. I love how your emails are VERY detailed and have an abundance of information. After my mother passed, I decided to buy a plant. She Loved flowers.

    Sue you get a “100” for over the top customer .

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! I hope your son is happy with his new plant too. We’re happy to help if either of you need our help!
      Happy 2023!

  6. Pamela M. Verified Buyer

    I am always satisfied with PlantZ quality and excellent service. You will not be disappointed.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks so much! #2 Ziggy is on the way today!

  7. Patti K. Verified Buyer

    The plant is beautiful and very healthy. I could see that there was a great deal of time and care given to it during packaging as well.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! Please let us know if you have any questions going forward!

  8. Rob D. Verified Buyer

    Delivery to my daughter was handled well. She reports that the ZZ plant is seemingly indestructible!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      A great plant for a low light area that doesn’t need water as often as you’d suspect. I’m glad to hear that it made it to her safely!

  9. Yvonne Lamar Verified Buyer

    Very much please.

  10. Anonymous Verified Buyer
  11. Susan O. Verified Buyer

    This plant is BEAUTIFUL. Exactly as advertised and very, very healthy. It loves the nook I put it in and has relaxed and spread out a little since I unboxed it. It’s been a great addition to my living room.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks for letting us know. We’re so glad you’re happy with it!

  12. Sarah R. Verified Buyer

    It’s doing great!

  13. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    This was sent as a gift, and the recipient was very happy to receive it. The ZZ traveled cross country and arrived in beautiful shape, thanks in large part to the impressive packing job done by Plantz. Beautiful glossy leaves on a healthy plant.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      We’re so glad we could spread some happiness!
      Thanks – Sue

  14. Anonymous Verified Buyer
  15. Craig Simon Verified Buyer

    Great service and beautiful plant

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      We appreciate the nice comments and we’re happy to help going forward if you need it!

  16. Valentina S. Verified Buyer

    I love my plant!! Beautiful!
    Thank you for a great customer service, Sue is was wonderful, very knowledgeable, helpful and professional. She helped me all along the way.
    Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! Your photo looked great and if you have any questions going forward, just let me know!

  17. RAYMOND ABRAMS Verified Buyer

    great experience

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank so much!

  18. Kimberley D. Verified Buyer

    I love the fullness of the plant and is worth the price. Came with four newer stalks. So far I’ve only lost one stalk but I know that’s due to the time of year I ordered. It was cold in Indianapolis in December 2020. Will order earlier in the year next time. Thank you for a beautiful full ZZ Plant.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Glad to hear that you’re happy with it! Losing a stalk or two is common while it is acclimating and these plants don’t need to be watered often so just be sure the soil is dry down near the bottom of the growpot before you water it and it should settle in soon and start to produce more new growth.

  19. Robyn Verified Buyer

    Lovely plant. Better than expected. I had a location in mind for it, but it was so lovely I ended up being torn as to where it’s final location should be in my home.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks for letting us know! Perhaps you need another one?

  20. melissa Verified Buyer

    I’ve never ordered a plant online before, and was nervous my plant would look nothing like the photo. When my ZZ plant arrived I was so happy to see it looked perfect! I also really appreciated the detailed care instructions because I’m a total newbie plant owner. Customer service also is outstanding.

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thanks so much! We’re happy to help if you need us going forward!

  21. Susan G. Verified Buyer
  22. Zymeashia Verified Buyer

    Always beautiful specimens, and Sue is the greatest!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! I have a great team too!

  23. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    Beautiful plant! I really appreciate Sue! She was wonderful and helped me send a special note because this was a gift. She followed up and sent care instructions. Customer service excellent! I will buy here again!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! I have a great team that ensures the plants are in great condition and pack them up nice and snug so they arrive happy and healthy!
      If you need our help in the future, just let us know!

  24. Cheryl Feld Verified Buyer
  25. Wendy A. Verified Buyer

    Love my new ZZ plant. Arrived in good condition and looks great in my dining room. Always a great experience with PLANTZ.com!!!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you Wendy!

  26. Gertrud Montgomery Verified Buyer

    Sue has been so helpful. I am impressed with the level of persoanl attention that I have been receiving fr0m her. I appreciate it very much!

    • Sue Waltzer Verified Buyer

      Thank you! We’re here to help if you need us!

  27. Jackie M. Verified Buyer

    I’m an experienced gardener but have focused exclusively on outdoor plants; I’ve not had luck with indoor plants and gave up a long, long time ago. I was delighted to stumble upon Plantz.com and saw the ZZ plant which should do well in a low-light, north-facing setting . My new ZZ plant is, hands down, the most healthy and beautiful indoor plant I have ever seen — no small accolade after nearly 20 years of perusing local garden centers. Sue provided a wealth of information when I reached out for additional information. My new plant is acclimating nicely and I’ve already recommended Plantz.com to several friends and colleagues. A+++++

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks so much Jackie! It is quite amazing how little some indoor plants need watering compared to the ones outside. So glad we could help and please let us know when you’re ready to try something else!

  28. William Lee Verified Buyer

    Love you guys and your plants!

    • Sue Waltzer

      And we love our customers!
      Thank you!

  29. Crystal C. Verified Buyer

    Plant is perfection. My experience with this company was amazing from start to finish. Quick and easy online checkout. Staff went above and beyond when I went to pick up my purchase. This company will be the only company I ever purchase plants from. Can’t wait for my next purchase.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks! If you need our help with suggestions, just let us know!

  30. Valaida W. Verified Buyer

    It’s even more beautiful than the photo and extremely healthy. Love this company. The plants are absolutely but it’s truly the customer service that takes it over the top for me. The staff is outstanding. No question is to small it too silly. Special thanks to Sue- you are a lifesaver!

    • Sue Waltzer

      You’re very welcome and thanks for the nice comments. I have a great team to work with that take special care in packaging the plants and I’m so glad to hear you’re happy!
      Thanks – Sue

  31. Anonymous Verified Buyer
  32. Vanessa Verified Buyer

    Beautiful!!! Definitely ordering more plants in the future!

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thank you! Let us know if you need help with selections!

  33. Nivedita Jampana Verified Buyer
  34. Michael Smith Verified Buyer
  35. snplundstrom Verified Buyer

    I love this plant AND the company. Sue was (and is) a constant source of calm and good ideas. My big zee zee arrived in beautiful shape about a month or two ago. With all the warnings of Do Not Water, i over watered it and had to snip maybe 4-6 beautiful stocks off w/ the yellowed leaves. Sue encouraged me that the stalks will regrow but may take 6 weeks. I will learn !!

    • Sue Waltzer

      You’ve got this! You’re not alone in wanting to water too much as I hear this often. The soil sleuth is a great tool to help with this!
      Thanks – Sue

  36. Jessica H. Verified Buyer

    Love love love!

    • Sue Waltzer


  37. Joanne R. Verified Buyer

    Beautiful shiny plant

    • Sue Waltzer

      They certainly are beautiful! Great for low light areas too!
      Thanks – Sue

  38. Angelique Verified Buyer

    Pleasantly surprised! My Big Beautiful ZZ plant arrived like a star on the red carpet 🥰♥️

    • Sue Waltzer

      Awesome! So glad to hear that it is making a grand entrance!!
      Enjoy – Sue

  39. Judi G. Verified Buyer

    Sue was great! FedEx wouldn’t deliver our shipment during COVID and she kept in touch daily on the status and ultimately shipped a new plant. The plant is beautiful and I would buy from them again!

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for sticking with us Judi. That was definitely a challenge and I hope that you were able to revive the one that took so long to receive. If not, please discard and enjoy the replacement!
      Thanks – Sue

  40. BRENDA K. Verified Buyer

    This is my second plant from Plantz in one year and both of my plants are so amazing!! Easy care with their system; shipping and packaging superb. Thank you!!!

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for another nice order! We have the best shipping team that always makes sure the plants are packed up tight and can make a safe trip to you.
      Thanks – Sue

  41. Jie Pan Verified Buyer

    Much bigger than I thought. Every leaf is clean and shiny.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for the nice comments!

  42. Mark Mayglothling Verified Buyer
  43. j m. Verified Buyer

    The plant was great quality & full size as expected. Delivery was prompt and Sue’s follow-up with instructions for care was immediate and friendly. Even though this shipped to another state, the experience was top-notch. I love plants & wouldn’t hesitate to order again. Nice to have a solid resource for typical to hard to find plants.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for the very nice comments and the great photo of Honey with her blanket laying near the plant! We have a great team packing and shipping the plants who make sure they’re wrapped up tight for shipping them anywhere in the U.S.
      Enjoy your new plant and thanks again for the photo!

  44. minami242 Verified Buyer

    It came in great shape. Every leaf is clean and shiny. It’s so beautiful that it does not look like real. My daughter’s bedroom is very low light. Hopefully this plant will add more green to her room.

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    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for the nice comments! The zz can live in low light and should do very well in her bedroom. Be sure not to overwater it!
      We’d love a photo if you’d like to share one with us.
      thanks – Sue

  45. Kirk Verified Buyer

    These plants are beautiful. I wanted more mature plants and I got them!

    • Sue Waltzer

      We’re so glad you’re happy with your new plants! They definitely need to be mature and well rooted before we ship them as they would not do well during the shipping process if they were not.


  46. Victoria H. Verified Buyer

    The ZZ plant is beautiful and very healthy. ZZ’s of this size are hard to find. Moreover, it was shipped quickly and packaged very well. It arrived in great shape.
    I would definitely buy from Plantz again and their plants would make a lovely housewarming gift as well.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thank you for letting us know and we’re so glad you’re happy with it. Thanks for the photo too!!

  47. Judi G. Verified Buyer
  48. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    The ZZ plant is gorgeous. Great birthday gift to send

  49. laine walker Verified Buyer

    Love the ZZ plant! Mother in law says its beautiful and a wonderful birthday gift.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thanks for letting us know Laine! Glad you made her happy!
      Thanks – Sue

  50. Ingrid R. Verified Buyer

    The plant was beautiful. It was a gift for a friend who lost a loved one. Plantz communicated eveything we needed from unboxing procedures, to shipping and expected arrival, to how to care for your plant. It was a pleasant experience and will definitely use again.

    • Sue Waltzer

      We were very sorry to hear of the loss your friend suffered and glad we were able to send something to brighten their sad time. We hope it helps with the healing process and brings them fond memories.
      Thank you,

  51. Natalie Licini Verified Buyer
  52. jverity2003 Verified Buyer

    I just received my ZZ and it is a beautiful well established plant. It was packaged extremely well; and I received the plant with no damage to the foliage. Do not hesitate to purchase through the mail. I have never seen a plant of this size and quality at the big box stores. Thank you!

    • Sue Waltzer

      Thank you for the nice comments! We are very proud of our plants and their quality! We’d love a photo if you’re able to send us one!
      Thanks – Sue

  53. Sean Verified Buyer

    Very beautiful plant! The plant was packaged very well.. A+…Amazing!

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Sean! Thanks so much for the nice comments! We’re so glad that you’re enjoying your new plant and please let us know if you need any assistance with it going forward.
      Thanks – Sue

  54. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    Was healthy and reasonably full

  55. Alisa Avramenko Verified Buyer

    Very easy to unpack and in perfect condition! Love it! Will order again!

  56. Barbara B. Verified Buyer

    It’s a beautiful healthy ZZ plant. Arrived in good condition with the soil still a bit moist. So shipping was excellent. I’ll return in the future.

  57. kim saenz Verified Buyer

    Pieces broken

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Kim – It sounds like your plant didn’t travel well and there should have been no broken stems on it. Could you please send me a photo? We’re very sorry for the damage!

  58. Wilson A Lester Jr Verified Buyer

    Very healthy looking with dark colors and firm leaves.

  59. Hannah Smith Verified Buyer
  60. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    works as advertised—removes the guesswork

  61. Anonymous Verified Buyer

    Would not order again even though the plant is great as there was no confirmation sent, no delivery date sent and no way to contact anyone to ask these questions. Too bad as nice plant.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Jane,

      We sent you the tracking information on 7/23 at 11:41 in the morning and I sent you some care instructions on 7/24 at 1:08 in the afternoon letting you know that your plant was due to arrive on Friday and letting you know how to get in touch with me if you had questions. Is it possible that our messages ended up in your junk/spam folder? We also sent you a confirmation on 7/18 letting you know we received your order. Can you please check your mailboxes and let me know if you find any of these? I’m sorry that you didn’t get them!

      Please let me know how I can help.

  62. Barbara McDonald Verified Buyer

    The ZZ plant was a gift for my daughter who lives in Silver Spring Md. She was extremely happy with the plant, & spoke of how well it was wrapped. My only problem is, the note I requested to be included was not included.

    • Sue Waltzer

      Hi Barbara – We include the notes in with the packing slip on the outside of the box. Some of the soil can spill within the boxes and it gets the notes messy/dirty. Thanks for letting me know she didn’t get her note. We’re working on a solution so we’re able to include them inside the box with the plant.

  63. Anonymous Verified Buyer
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  65. Jennifer Tilton Verified Buyer

    Beautiful Plant!

  66. Delermena L. Verified Buyer

    There were some challenges with the delivery due to FedEx delivering to the wrong address but Sue was very helpful and stayed the course with me. After about 5 days I eventually received my beautiful ZZ, a little beaten up but none the worse for wear. If I could rate FedEx they would get a 1 though.

  67. Ulises Liranzo Verified Buyer
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  70. Lori B. Verified Buyer

    These zz plants are healthy and gorgeous. I’m very pleased with my purchase!

  71. Katherine Verified Buyer

    I’m very happy with my order. The plants arrived quickly and in very good condition. Thank you!

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