Top Questions About ZZ Plants

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Questions About ZZ Plants

Asked by
dashiel on
February 23, 2012

Q. Can a ZZ plant become too leggy?

I have a ZZ plant that I keep in a west window. It has become very leggy and it reaches toward the light. It does get some direct sunlight but only about 10 minutes. Should I move it to a south window or one that gets more light?

I don’t over water it.

Thanks, Dashiel

Answered by
Heather on
February 27, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

The only time I have seen a ZZ plant get leggy is when it gets too little water (which is hard to do but can happen). Make sure that the water you give it is actually getting to the roots. Potting soil can actually repel water when it dries out, so it is possible that the water is running down the sides of the pot rather than being absorbed and getting to the roots. After watering, sick your finger into the soil and make sure it is wet. If not, you may need to soak the pot to re-hydrate the soil.

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Asked by
green thumb on
June 1, 2013

Q. i bought a zz plant that is in a very small pot, how do i repot it

What kind of soil is best for zz plants, and how deep do I plant it?

Answered by
AnnsGreeneHaus on
June 1, 2013
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Asked by
Bumps49 on
February 20, 2015

Q. Planting zz plant cuttings

I have the new soil and the container all ready for the zz plant cuttings. Should I just stick the cuttings in the soil? Or should I dip the ends in rooting hormone first?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
February 21, 2015
A.

Use rooting hormone first. This article has more information on starting cuttings. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/rooting-plant-cuttings.htm

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Asked by
kandsmccarty on
April 2, 2015
SW Missouri

Q. Zi Zi plant

We were given a Zi Zi plant several years ago. We thought it died but when I tried to get rid of it, I found its roots were ok and it was still alive. We put it in water and it started to do great. We’ve tried to replant it multiple times, but it dies (there were several starts originally) or starts looking terrible after extended periods of being in the water. I’m afraid I’m going to kill it whether I keep it in water or plant it in dirt! What can I do to make it live? Please help!:)

Answered by
shelley on
April 2, 2015
Certified Expert
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I am going to refer you to the following article, please look at the section "what to do when only the roots are alive" section. Give the advice in this section a go and see what happens.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/how-to-tell-if-a-plant-is-dead-and-how-to-recover-an-almost-dead-plant.htm

I did a little research and it seems that ZZ plants are best propagated by leaves (just in case you had a leaf that survived):
http://mrbrownthumb.blogspot.com/2009/07/zz-plant-propagation.html

For more information on the ZZ plant, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zz-plant/caring-for-zz-plant.htm

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Answered by
kandsmccarty on
April 2, 2015
A.

Thank you for the ideas.

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Asked by
suebilger on
April 16, 2015
Indoor plant-Denver Colorado

Q. ZZ plant is losing leaves

My ZZ plant is losing leaves from the tip down. Why? It’s turning yellow from the tip down on one frond – the others are dark green and healthy.

Answered by
shelley on
April 17, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

Is the leaflet in question on the bottom? If so, I have read that a small amount of lower leaves turning yellow and falling is considered normal.

However, yellowing leaves on a ZZ plant can be attributed to too much light or too much water. I would review and apply the knowledge found in the following article, which discusses the care of ZZ plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zz-plant/caring-for-zz-plant.htm

By the way - you can cut away that leaflet that is turning yellow near the base of a stem.

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Asked by
Trinam_allen on
June 29, 2015
Raleigh, nc

Q. Why are the tips of my zz plants leaves turning black?

All of the tip ends of the leaves on one of the stalks are turning crispy brown.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 29, 2015
Certified Expert
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Did you fertilize the plant? If you did, this may be a possible cause. Your plant really doesn't need any extra help other then a good quality potting mix.

Also if the water you are using to water your plant is softened or treated water (ie. florides) this could be causing the dark tips of the plant.
The salts sometimes build up in the soil and the plant becomes overloaded.

You can try using distilled water or even rain water. You also can fill a container of tap water and allow to sit 24 hours before using.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zz-plant/caring-for-zz-plant.htm

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Asked by
Ginmre on
September 16, 2015
5

Q. Z Z plants

My Z Z plant is doing great but wondered if it is best to keep it root bound or put in a larger pot?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 18, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

I would leave your happy plant in the pot it is in.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zz-plant/caring-for-zz-plant.htm

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