7 Common ZZ Plant Problems and Solutions

Homiful.com -- ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a famous plant as one of those plants that can't easily kill. Even so, the ZZ plant is not a potent plant, which doesn't have any problems that come with it. You may experience the ZZ plant looks wilted, the leaves turn yellow and so on. If you have a love-hate relationship with a ZZ plant at home. We hope this review of 7 Common ZZ Plant Problems and Solutions, it can help you.

Weak and leaning stems


A healthy ZZ plant will have an upright stem. If you see ZZ plant stems falling over, this may be a sign that they get over-watering, causing the stems to soften and rot. It can also occur because plants grow in too low light conditions, causing their stems to grow tall and thin, reducing their ability to grow upright.

Solution: Treat weak and fallen stalks by treating the cause. You can reduce the intensity of watering, water it when the soil completely dry, make sure the water runs through the drainage holes in the pot. Place them in a spot with lots of indirect light. They will grow more healthy and happily.


ZZ plant leaves that turn yellow

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One type of ZZ plant has fresh, glossy green leaves. If they are slowly starting to turn yellow. this could be due to a number of reasons. Most often occurs due to over-watering. Another cause, ZZ plant gets too much light, move places and is attacked by pets.

Solution: Avoid over-watering, making sure the soil is not too muddy and watery. Place it in a position with indirect light. ZZ plant after repotting or just purchased also shows signs of yellowing as it adapts to its new environment.


Brown and dry leaves

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The hallmark of the ZZ plant is glossy leaves, thin flesh that is fresh. If the ZZ plant appears dry with brownish look, this could be a sign of low humidity and expose to excessive direct sunlight.

Solution: Place the ZZ plant where they like it. Do not in low humidity areas with dry air! Put them at room temperature with regular humidity is not a problem. ZZ plants are indoor plants, so be sure not to place them outdoors with a lot of direct sunlight.

Rotting roots

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Without realizing it, the cause of ZZ plants dying is rotting roots. This plant has a tuber that is susceptible to rot. Root rot is also characterized by yellowing of the leaves. 

Solution: root rot occurs due to too much watering. A poor drainage system in a pot will soak the roots for a long time and eventually rot. That's why, make sure to water them moderately and choose a pot with drainage holes.

New leaf growth in light green


The growth of new leaves of ZZ plant will normally be light green, gradually darkening to match the color of the existing leaves. If the leaves are thin and spindly, or don't darken for a long time, this could be a sign of nutrient deficiency. 

Solution: Make sure to give fertilizer to the ZZ plant. You can use liquid fertilizer (20-20-20) once a month.

Wrinkled stems

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If you're afraid to give ZZ plants a lot of water, don't give them too little water either or under-watering. This can cause the stems to wrinkle. Wrinkled stems also be caused by too much light, low humidity and high temperatures.

Solution: Carry out scheduled watering with sufficient quantity of water. Place it in a spot with bright, indirect light and regular temperature.


Stamen & Stem

Mealybugs feed on the sap of the ZZ plant. Mealybugs can cause stunted growth onto your ZZ plant. They also excrete a starchy substance that attract ants to the ZZ plant. Gradually, the leaves or stems of the ZZ plant will wither and die.

Solution: Periodically clean the leaves with a clean cloth or spray the leaves with soapy water or insecticidal soap to repel mealybugs on the ZZ plant.

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Author : Yeni
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