Zanzibar Zenzi Plant Care

This plant is tough and thrives on neglect, making it perfect for the forgetful plant owner. This hardy plant is able to survive for months without water and will grow well in low light and hates the direct sun.

How to care for your Zanzibar Zenzi.


LIGHT: Your Zenzi Plant prefers low to medium indirect light, but it is adaptable. It will tolerate low light and fluorescent lighting in a windowless space. This plant does not require any extra humidity.
WATER: Water your Zenzi Plant only when the soil is completely dry. Water until liquid flows through the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot and discard any water that has accumulated in the saucer.
FOOD:  Feed occasionally during the spring or summer.
DO NOT EAT: Zenzi Plants are mildly toxic to pets and humans. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
ADDITIONAL CARE: Your Zenzi likes to be pot bound so repotting will not need to be done for quite some time. As a survival technique, the Zenzi Plant has evolved to start dropping its leaflets to conserve moisture during periods of severe drought. If you forget to water yours and see the leaves fall off, don’t give up hope! Water your plant immediately and it should come back. Yellow leaves can indicate overwatering.
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Why does my ZZ Plant have yellow leaves?

The leaves on your Zanzibar Zenzi  Plant could be turning yellow for a number of reasons. 

Improper Light

This plant thrives in low to medium light. When exposed to direct sunlight for too long, the leaves will yellow and burn. The Zanzibar Zenzi  Plant can adapt to very low light areas, so don’t be afraid to place it in a dark corner–that might be just what it’s craving.  


Providing proper soil moisture (or lack of moisture) is important in caring for a Zanzibar Zenzi  Plant. The number one cause of yellowing leaves among Zanzibar Zenzi  plants is overwatering. Zanzibar Zenzi  Plants basically thrive off of neglect–they don’t need much water to survive. Only water when the top 50% of soil is dry. Water until water flows freely from the drainage hole at the bottom of the pot. Be sure to discard any excess water that flows into the saucer. Your Zanzibar Zenzi  doesn’t like “wet feet,” as this can lead to root rot and eventual death of your Zanzibar Zenzi .

Your watering consistency

Alternating between bone dry and wet soil from ill-timed waterings can create stress and cause your Zanzibar Zenzi  to have yellow leaves.


Weakened or stressed ZZ Plants become more susceptible to insect infestations. Sap-sucking bugs like spider mites can drain your plant of moisture. This problem quickly manifests itself by yellowing leaflets and fronds. Scale, mealybugs, and spider mites occur frequently in indoor conditions. If not killed early on, these small pests proliferate and move all along leaves and fronds and into nooks and crannies. The piercing mouths of the insects exhaust your plant and accelerate yellowing, especially if your Zanzibar Zenzi  is already unhealthy from a nutrient deficiency or improper soil moisture.



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