The ZZ Plant is one of the most forgiving houseplants for beginners.
This plant happily grows in homes throughout the country with a minimal amount of care.
But when most people hear that this plant flowers they are actually surprised because it’s such a rare sight to see.
In this article, we’re going to discuss all the elements of care you’ll need to provide your ZZ plant if you want to see it bloom.
Does A ZZ Plant Have Flowers?
A ZZ plant does have flowers. It can produce flowers if it is given lots of bright, indirect sunlight, kept at a temperature of 55 to 65 degrees F, and provided levels of humidity ranging from 40% to 50%.
Although quite rare when grown indoors, ZZ plants can produce small spathe-type flowers that are usually white in color and located around the stalk’s base.
How To Encourage Your ZZ Plant To Flower?
Although a rare occurrence when kept indoors, you can get this plant to produce flowers if you keep it in optimum conditions during spring and summer.
Your ZZ plant will not flower if you allow it to get too dry, don’t provide it enough light, or allow the temperature of where you’re keeping it to consistently get too cold.
Also, watch out for cold drafts as they can stunt the growth of your plant.
Probably the three biggest factors that will encourage your ZZ plant to produce flowers are sunlight, heat, and humidity.
If any of these elements of care are lacking, it is unlikely you will ever see your plant bloom.
Provide It Lots Of Bright, Indirect Light
Your ZZ plant will have no hope of blooming if you don’t provide enough light.
These plants are famous for being hardy and they can survive on practically no light at all.
But if you want your ZZ plant to flower, you’ll have to provide it as much bright, indirect sunlight as you can.
If you have a bright window that gets lots of full sun, you could set up a sheer curtain to filter the sunlight.
To encourage growth, you could give your ZZ plant one or two hours of weak morning sunlight.
But definitely keep it out of the direct afternoon sun or its leaves will soon burn.
Related Article: Why Is My ZZ Plant Not Growing? (And How To Get It Growing)
Keep Your ZZ Plant Outside In Summer
If your climate permits and it doesn’t get too cold, too hot, or too wet, moving your plant outside will really help to spur on growth and increase the chances of seeing blooms.
Find a spot for your plant outside that is out of the direct afternoon sun but where there is loads of bright, indirect sunlight bouncing all around.
Your ZZ plant will love this and grow like crazy in this environment.
Keep an eye on the plant’s soil for dryness if it’s outside during hot spells.
You may need to water it more often.
Humidity And Temperature
Temperature and humidity are the next two key elements of care that will encourage your ZZ plant to produce flowers.
Keep Your ZZ Plant Warm
This plant will grow faster and have a much better chance of blooming when temperature and humidity are kept higher.
ZZ plants like a temperature of between 55 and 65 degrees F.
But if you want to encourage growth and flower production, it’s best to keep them on the higher side of that temperature range.
Keep The Environment Humid
ZZ Plants do better in humid climates and raising humidity will be key to encouraging the growth of flowers.
You have a few options when it comes to raising humidity levels for your plants:
Group Plants Together
By grouping your ZZ plant close to other plants, humidity levels will naturally rise as nearby plants perspire.
Keep It In A Bathroom
Mostly due to the running of electric showers, bathrooms are more humid than other rooms in your house, and keeping your ZZ plant there will provide it more humidity.
Get A Humidifier
But probably the easiest and most effective way to raise the humidity level for your ZZ plant is to buy a humidifier and keep it running nearby.
Give It Fresh Soil And Fertilization
If your ZZ plant is not being kept in soil that contains enough nutrients, it will also reduce the chance of it producing flowering.
These plants usually aren’t too fussy about soil.
Just make sure the soil is fresh and well-drained so your plant doesn’t sit in water.
If your plant has been in the same pot for a long time and you think the soil may have lost some nutrients, you could repot it into fresh soil.
But, this is rare and the plant is usually fine in the soil it’s in.
Only repot your plant during the growing season so that you don’t shock it.
And for one final boost to encourage flower production, you can give your ZZ plant a balanced liquid fertilizer once per month during its growing season only (April to August).
Water It Properly
ZZ plants like to be kept on the dryer side and if you continually overwater them, you’ll not only put an end to the chance of seeing blooms but you also stand a good chance of killing your plant.
There are many factors that determine how often your ZZ plant is going to need water.
So, trying to stick to a watering schedule like one time per month is a bad idea.
The safest way to water this plant is to let it tell you when it needs a drink.
Test the soil with your finger and only water your ZZ plant when the top inch and a half of soil have become very dry.
If you feel any moisture in the soil at all, hold off on watering for another couple of days and test again.
You could also use a soil moisture tester.
Some testers will even measure light levels too.
Although it’s a rare sight, you can get this plant to bloom indoors, if you follow along with this guide and provide your plant an environment it will thrive in, you may see it happen.
But the ZZ plants’ blooms are far from vibrant so try not to be too disappointed with the results after you’ve put all the work in.