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How to Tell if Dwarf Zz Plant Needs Watering?

Updated: July 3, 2022

The Dwarf Zz Plant, also known as Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, is a popular houseplant due to its unique appearance and low maintenance requirements. However, it’s important to know when and how to water your Dwarf Zz Plant to keep it healthy and thriving. In this article, we’ll discuss how to tell if your Dwarf Zz Plant needs watering and the best practices for watering it.

Signs of Underwatering

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to water your Dwarf Zz Plant:

  • Drooping leaves: The leaves of your plant will droop when it’s thirsty. You may notice that the stems are also leaning.
  • Dry soil: Check the top inch of soil in your plant’s pot. If it’s dry to the touch, your plant needs water.
  • Brown tips: The tips of your plant’s leaves may turn brown and crispy when it’s dehydrated.

Signs of Overwatering

Overwatering can be just as harmful to your Dwarf Zz Plant as underwatering. Here are some signs that you may be overwatering your plant:

  • Yellowing leaves: If the leaves of your plant turn yellow and feel mushy or soft, this is a sign of overwatering.
  • Wilting or drooping leaves: While underwatered plants will droop as well, overwatered plants will have droopy or wilting leaves that feel heavy and waterlogged.
  • Fungus or mold growth: Overwatering will create a wet environment that promotes fungus and mold growth on the soil surface.

Best Practices for Watering a Dwarf Zz Plant

Now that you know the signs of both underwatering and overwatering, let’s discuss how to properly water your Dwarf Zz Plant:

  1. Water thoroughly but infrequently. It’s best to give your plant a good soaking when you water it, but let the soil dry out completely before watering again. This will prevent overwatering and root rot.
  2. Use room temperature water. Cold water can shock your plant’s roots and warm water can encourage bacterial growth. Room temperature water is best.
  3. Water from the bottom. Place your plant’s pot in a tray of water and let the soil absorb the water from the bottom up. This will help prevent overwatering and ensure that the roots get enough water.
  4. Don’t let your plant sit in standing water. After watering from the bottom, make sure to empty the tray so that your plant isn’t sitting in standing water.


How often should I water my Dwarf Zz Plant?

It’s best to wait until the top inch of soil is dry to the touch before watering your plant. Depending on the humidity levels in your home, this may be every 1-2 weeks.

Can I use tap water to water my Dwarf Zz Plant?

Yes, you can use tap water as long as it’s at room temperature. However, if your tap water is high in minerals, it may be best to use filtered or distilled water.

Should I mist my Dwarf Zz Plant?

While Dwarf Zz Plants like humidity, misting may not be necessary if you’re watering properly and providing enough humidity through other methods such as a humidifier or pebble tray.

What should I do if I’ve overwatered my Dwarf Zz Plant?

If you’ve overwatered your plant, remove it from any standing water immediately and let it dry out completely before watering again. You may also want to repot your plant with fresh soil to help prevent root rot.

In conclusion, knowing when and how to water your Dwarf Zz Plant is crucial for its health and survival. By following these guidelines and keeping an eye out for signs of dehydration or overwatering, you can keep your Dwarf Zz Plant thriving for years to come.