Nanostructured zinc oxide synthesized using an easy and low temperature chemical bath deposition method are among the most promising low cost semiconducting nanostructures investigated for a variety of applications. We successfully report the effects of ammonia solution in the growth of ZnO nanorods at a temperature of 60 °C. Successive addition of ammonia altered the degree of supersaturation of the growth solution, causing a significant deviation in the morphology and crystal orientation of ZnO nanorods. Field emission scanning Electron Microscopy images revealed changes in surface morphology of ZnO nanorods with respect to addition of specific amounts of ammonia. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed wurtzite crystal structure of ZnO which was further supported by X-ray photoelectron studies, optical absorbance and Raman spectra that also revealed the existence of wurtzite ZnO. The current-voltage measurement showed the electrical properties of the synthesized ZnO nanorods. The vertically grown nanorods with flat tops, effect more rectifying Schottky contacts to be realized on comparison to needle like structures.