Simon and a zz plant

My Favorite Plant: ZZ Plant

In Blog, Feature, Houseplants, Winter by Samantha Karsten4 Comments

We’re starting a new video series starring Jessie and our staff members called My Favorite Plant. Meet our staff and learn about great indoor houseplants, including care tips and styling suggestions. This week, meet Simon and his favorite: Zamioculcas zamiifolia, also called the ZZ plant, Zanzibar gem, or emerald palm. It’s simply one of the easiest houseplants to keep alive, and it’s perfect for that someone in your life who likes plants but maybe forgets to water them for… weeks at a time. The ZZ plant has your back.

Simon is a Facilities Assistant, and you might find him working on the maintenance of the greenhouse, sweeping floors, or telling jokes to staff and customers.

Do you have a favorite houseplant? Tell us about it and why you love it in the comments.


  1. I love this plant also. I have one in FL that lives outside and is about 4 ft tall and 5 ft wide and sits in total shade. I also have one in MN that is an indoor plant that has stayed in the same pot for 3 years and is in indirect sunlight and does not seem to be growing at all, but nevertheless, continues to just be.

  2. Thanks for the review on the ZZ Plant. My neightbor bought one and I’m sure she’ll appreciate me sending her this video. I’m looking forward to more of these. I bought the philodendron with the hand like leaves…I think it’s called Xanadu. I wanted the one in the hanging pot called Tahiti…an may be back for it. I also got the one called Starfish snake plant. So hopefully those will be someone else’s favorite so I can get info on those.

  3. I think I over-watered my ZZ. Leaves are turning yellow and stems break off easily.. is this a sign of root rot?

    1. Author

      That does sound like it could be root rot… Could you send a message with a picture to our Facebook account, or an email with a picture to We would be happy to give you a more solid diagnosis. Feel free to stop in the store with a picture if that works better, and one of our experts can diagnose it in person and direct you to a good fungicide if needed.

      Hope that helps!

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