ZZ Plant – Yellow Leaf Tips

Hi Judy,
Just got this little guy and noticed some yellowing of a couple of the leaves, starting at the tips. I haven’t even watered him yet so I’m not sure what’s going on here. Please help! Thanks, Erin


Hi Erin,

Yellow leaves are an indication that the plant has been over-watered or severely under-watered. So you need to check the soil at the bottom of the pot to see if  it is wet or dry.

ZZ plants do not like wet feet, so allow the soil to dry out before watering. These plants have thick roots called rhizomes that store water, so when in doubt, do not water. Whe the plump leaves have become flat, it is a sign that the plant needs water. Unlike most plants, ZZ plants are very forgiving, allowing you to over-water a few times before showing signs of serious damage. In very warm weather, a ZZ plant may need water every 7-10 days. In cooler weather, the plant may go 2-3 weeks before drying out. When you do water, water well enough so that the water comes out the drip holes in the bottom of the pot.(there must be drip holes so the excess water does not build up in the soi).  Do not allow the plant to sit in the excess water that may accumulate in the saucer.


Learn how to identify, care for , and grow a ZZ plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia
ZZ Plant
Zamioculcas zamiifolia


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


ZZ plants, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, are very poisonous plants 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