ZZ plants are my popular choice for indoor plants because of their ability to thrive in low-light conditions and their low maintenance requirements. But can they survive outside, too? And the answer is, well, sort of.
In this article, we’ll explore the conditions that ZZ plants need to thrive, and whether or not it’s possible for them to survive outside. We’ll also discuss the risks and benefits of placing a ZZ plant outside, and provide some tips for caring for ZZ plants in outdoor environments. So stay with us!
Can ZZ Plants Live Outside?
The short answer is yes, ZZ plants can technically survive outside in certain conditions.
Nonetheless, you should know that ZZ plants are originally from the tree-shaded, moist, well-drained soil of the tropics in eastern Africa.
In contrast, the climate in many parts of the world is not suitable for ZZ plants to thrive outside all year round. In particular, ZZ plants are sensitive to cold temperatures and can be damaged by frost.
They also require a consistent level of humidity and moisture in the soil, which can be difficult to maintain in dry or windy outdoor environments.
Factors to Consider Before Placing a ZZ Plant Outside
Before you consider placing a ZZ plant outside, there are a few key factors to take into account:
As mentioned above, ZZ plants are sensitive to cold temperatures and can be damaged by frost. If you live in a region with cold winters, it’s not recommended to place a ZZ plant outside.
ZZ plants prefer high humidity levels, around 50-70%. If the air in your region is dry, it may be difficult for a ZZ plant to thrive outside.
ZZ plants can tolerate low light levels, but they do need some indirect sunlight to thrive. If you live in a region with extremely hot or bright sunlight, it may be too harsh for a ZZ plant to tolerate.
ZZ plants prefer well-draining soil that is kept consistently moist. If the soil in your region is prone to drying out quickly, it may be difficult to provide the necessary moisture for a ZZ plant to thrive outside.
Risks and Benefits of Placing a ZZ Plant Outside
There are both risks and benefits to placing a ZZ plant outside.
The main risk of placing a ZZ plant outside is that it may not be able to adapt to the change in environment.
As mentioned above, ZZ plants are native to tropical regions and are adapted to specific conditions. If the climate, humidity, light, or soil conditions in your region are significantly different from the plant’s native environment, it may struggle to survive.
In addition, ZZ plants are susceptible to pests and diseases, just like any other plant. If you place a ZZ plant outside, it may be more vulnerable to pests and diseases that are common in your region.
Benefits of Placing ZZ Plant Outside
There are also potential benefits to placing a ZZ plant outside. For example:
In its native environment, a ZZ plant may grow more quickly and produce more foliage.
A ZZ plant placed outside may blend in more naturally with the surrounding environment than an indoor plant.
Natural Pest Control
In some cases, placing a plant outside may help to deter pests that are common indoors (such as spider mites).
Tips for Caring for a ZZ Plant Outside
If you do decide to place a ZZ plant outside, there are a few steps you can take to help it thrive:
Gradually Acclimate The Plant To The New Environment
To avoid shock, it’s important to gradually acclimate the plant to the new environment. Start by placing the plant in a sheltered location with indirect sunlight, and gradually increase the amount of sunlight over the course of a few weeks.
Monitor The Soil Moisture
ZZ plants need consistently moist soil, but they also need well-draining soil to prevent root rot. Check the soil moisture with a moisture meter or by sticking your finger in there. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry.
Protect The Plant From Extreme Temperatures
If you live in a region with extreme temperatures (either hot or cold), it’s important to protect the plant from extreme temperatures. This may involve providing shade or shelter, or using blankets or frost cloths to protect the plant from frost.
Keep An Eye Out For Pests And Diseases
As mentioned above, ZZ plants are susceptible to pests and diseases just like any other plant. Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs, and treat the plant as needed.
If you notice any signs of disease (such as yellowing leaves or wilting), it’s important to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading.
Can ZZ Plant Live Outside In Winter?
ZZ plants are like those fancy, tropical vacationers that are used to lounging on sandy beaches and sipping cocktails with tiny umbrellas. They’re not exactly built for the icy tundra that is winter.
So if you try to take them outside in the cold, they’ll probably just shiver and turn a pale, sickly shade of green. If you live in a region with cold winters, it’s best to keep your ZZ plant inside where it will be protected from frost and other harsh winter weather.
Can ZZ Plants Tolerate Full Sun?
ZZ plants can tolerate low light levels, but they do not do well in direct sunlight. They are prone to sunburn and may develop yellow or brown patches on the leaves if exposed to too much direct sunlight.
It’s best to provide ZZ plants with indirect or filtered sunlight, rather than placing them in a location with full sun exposure.
Now, if you absolutely must put your ZZ plant in a sunny spot, the key is to take it slow.
Gradually acclimate the plant to the new environment by starting with indirect sunlight and gradually increasing the amount of direct sunlight over a few weeks. This way, your plant has time to adjust and won’t get all sunburnt and unhappy.
But I still suggest you not to put your ZZ plant under direct sunlight for long lasting growth of the plant!
Final Say on Keeping ZZ Plant Outside!
Now considering all the above points one thing is for sure ZZ plants can live outside but we have discussed some risks that you should keep in mind.
Other than that, ZZ plants won’t be having any sort of problem surviving outside and moreover, they dont need frequent as well like other plants.
Where have you kept your ZZ plant? Outside or inside the home? Let us know in the comments!