9 Common ZZ Plant Problem and Best Solution

9 Common ZZ Plant Problem and Best Solution 

Homiful.com -- ZZ plant is a lovely houseplant with glossy green leaves and fascinating erect, curving stalks that is ideal for beginners due to its easy maintenance. They can also withstand drought and live under low light conditions. However, ZZ plants also may experience issues with growth, like these problems below:

Brown Tips


Overwatering is the most common cause of brown tips on ZZ plants, especially on new growth. Underwatering, excessive heat or light, overfertilizing, or low humidity can all cause brown tips on ZZ plant leaves as a result of dryness. 

The leaf tips are the most sensitive part of the plant to a lack of water, resulting in the leaf tips dying and turning brown. Brown leaf tips are caused by excessive water loss from the leaves or an inability to deliver enough water to the leaves.

Root Rot


The most prevalent ZZ plant issue is root rot. It is caused by a ZZ plant growing in wet, aerated soil. Water ZZ plants only when at least the top half of the soil feels dry. Grow your plant in well-draining soil, in porous pots with plenty of drainage holes, and in appropriate light to avoid root rot.

The Root Bulb Is Exposed


A ZZ plant's root bulb or rhizome may become revealed over time when dirt is washed away by regular watering. To avoid this, pour a little water at a time or water your plant from the bottom. If your ZZ plant becomes root-bound over time, the roots may become exposed. 

An exposed rhizome/root bulb is not usually indicative of a sick plant. Gently remove your plant from the container and examine the roots to check whether they are securely curled around inside of the pot. Repot as needed to promote healthy growth.

Not Growing New Leaves


Insufficient light is the most likely cause of your ZZ plant not growing new leaves. ZZ plants love indirect, bright light. Cool temperatures or other sources of stress might potentially prevent your ZZ plant from growth. If your ZZ plant is getting enough light, the next thing to think about is whether there are any additional ZZ plant issues that are creating stress and limiting growth. 

Leaves Turning Yellow


Overwatering is the most typical cause of yellow leaves in ZZ plants. Lower and older leaves are more prone to this, and it may be accompanied by dark leaf tips, lack of growth, drooping stems, and wrinkled leaves if severe. Excessive sunshine, pests, acclimatization, or temperature stress can all cause yellow leaves. You can inspect the spot for signs and soil.

ZZ Plant Stalks Are Falling Over


Overwatering is the most typical reason of ZZ plant stalks falling over, which results in fragile, decaying stems that are unable to support the weight of the rest of the stem. It can also occur in plants growing in low light conditions, when the stems grow tall and thin, losing their strength. 

You may also see ZZ plant stalks falling over due to your plant's location in relation to the light source. Because most ZZ plants are grown with a horizontal source of light from a window, new growth prefers to develop towards the light, bending away from the rest of the plant.

Wrinkled Stems


If your ZZ plant has a wrinkled stem, it is most likely dehydrated. This might be caused by excessive water loss as a result of hot temperatures, excessive light, or low humidity, or by a lack of water as a result of underwatering or root rot. Other indications of water lacking are possible, and you will need to consider the symptoms and care conditions together to find the cause.

Curling Leaves 


Curling ZZ plant leaves are usually caused by a lack of water for the leaves to consume. Curling the leaves reduces the surface area of the leaves and hence the quantity of water lost. Leaf curling can be caused by underwatering or overwatering, excessive heat, pests, or very low humidity. 

Leaf curling is frequently accompanied by brown leaf tips and stem drooping on your ZZ plant. It is important to figure out whether your plant is losing too much water or not providing enough to the leaves. It is quite difficult to fix your plant without this information.

New Growth Is Light Green


A ZZ plant's new growth is usually a light green and will gradually deepen to match the color of the old leaves over several months. A nutrient-deficient ZZ plant may occasionally exhibit overly light-colored new growth or leaves that are not equally green. 

Consider nutrient shortage as a possible reason if the foliage is very thin and spindly or does not deepen in color with time. Check that all other areas of care are being handled to ensure that no other issues are impeding growth.

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