Why Do ZZ plants-Zamioculcas zamiifolia Turn Yellow

I was gifted this plant and I don’t know what it is or how to care for it but stems keep going yellow and I don’t know how to make it do better.

Hi Katy,

Your plant is a ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). It is turning yellow because you are over- watering the plant. Over-watering is the only way to kill Zamioculcas zamiifolia houseplants. ZZ houseplants do not like wet feet so allow the soil to thoroughly dry out before watering. They have thick roots called rhizomes that store water so when in doubt, do not water. Unlike most plants, Zamioculcas are very forgiving, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage.

These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

You can read all my care tips for a ZZ plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.


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