Troubleshooting ZZ Plant Problems

by Marijke Puts

The ZZ Plant is a slow-growing houseplant both drought tolerant and accepting of low-lighting conditions. The plant prefers bright, indirect light near a South-facing window but tolerates low lighting conditions such as a windowless room or offices with artificial light.

Root Rot

Root rot is a common issue for the ZZ Plant and results from overwatering.

Leaf Issues

Leaf health is often the first indicator of a plant’s general health. Healthy ZZ Plant leaves are green and shiny.

Problems From Sun Exposure

The ZZ Plant thrives in a variety of lighting conditions but too much direct sunlight scorches the leaves.

Blooming Issues

While considered a low-maintenance house plant, they do not bloom easily and require optimal conditions to do so.

Can I Grow My ZZ Plant Outdoors?