Updated: April 16, 2022

Dwarf Zz plants, also known as Zamioculcas zamiifolia, are popular indoor plants due to their hardiness and attractive appearance. However, if you notice the leaves of your Dwarf Zz plant starting to curl or become distorted, it can be concerning. In this article, we will explore some of the common causes of curled Dwarf Zz plant leaves and what you can do to address the issue.


One of the most common reasons for curled leaves on Dwarf Zz plants is overwatering. When a plant is watered too frequently or the soil is too moist, it can lead to root rot and other issues that affect the health of the plant. Overwatering can cause the leaves to curl inward in an attempt to retain moisture.

To prevent overwatering, make sure to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Only water your Dwarf Zz plant when the soil feels dry to the touch, and avoid leaving standing water in the plant’s saucer.


On the flip side, underwatering can also cause curled leaves on Dwarf Zz plants. When a plant does not receive enough water, it will start to conserve moisture by curling its leaves inward. This is a survival mechanism that allows the plant to retain as much moisture as possible until it receives sufficient water.

To prevent underwatering, make sure to water your Dwarf Zz plant regularly and thoroughly. Check the soil moisture level frequently and adjust your watering schedule as needed.

Low Humidity

Dwarf Zz plants are native to Africa and thrive in warm, humid conditions. If your home or office has low humidity levels, it can cause the leaves of your Dwarf Zz plant to curl and become dry and brittle.

To increase humidity levels around your Dwarf Zz plant, try misting it regularly with a spray bottle or placing a humidifier nearby. You can also place a tray of pebbles filled with water underneath the plant’s pot to create a natural humidifying effect.


Pests like spider mites and mealybugs can also cause Dwarf Zz plant leaves to curl. These pests feed on the plant’s sap, causing damage to the leaves and other parts of the plant. If you notice small webs or cotton-like clusters on your plant, it may be a sign of an infestation.

To get rid of pests on your Dwarf Zz plant, use a natural insecticide or neem oil. Make sure to follow the instructions carefully and apply the treatment regularly until the infestation is gone.

Environmental Stress

Environmental stress factors like extreme temperatures, harsh lighting, and drafts can also cause Dwarf Zz plant leaves to curl. These stressors can cause the plant to go into survival mode, which results in curled leaves.

To prevent environmental stress, make sure your Dwarf Zz plant is placed in an area with consistent temperatures and lighting. Avoid placing it near cold drafts or heat sources like radiators or vents.


Finally, disease can also cause curled leaves on Dwarf Zz plants. Common diseases that affect these plants include bacterial leaf spot, root rot, and stem rot. These diseases can cause leaf distortion, discoloration, and other symptoms.

If you suspect your Dwarf Zz plant has a disease, you should isolate it from other plants and seek treatment immediately. Consult with a professional or visit your local nursery for advice on how to treat the specific disease affecting your plant.


Can I revive a severely curled Dwarf Zz plant?

Yes, you can revive a severely curled Dwarf Zz plant by addressing the underlying issue causing the curling. This may involve adjusting watering or humidity levels, treating pests or disease, or moving the plant to a more suitable location.

How often should I water my Dwarf Zz plant?

You should water your Dwarf Zz plant when the soil feels dry to the touch. This may range from once a week to once every few weeks depending on the humidity levels and other environmental factors.

Can I propagate a Dwarf Zz plant with curled leaves?

It is possible to propagate a Dwarf Zz plant with curled leaves, but it may not be the best idea. Curled leaves are a sign of stress or damage to the plant, which may affect the health of the new plant grown from cuttings. It is best to propagate from healthy, thriving plants.