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I’ve had my ZZ plant for about 2 years, kept in shade and watered about once a fortnight. It always looked fine until a few weeks ago when the leaves started turning yellow and falling off. I stopped watering it for a while as thought it may be overwatered. As it has failed to recover, I have removed it from its pot. I have discovered it to be completely root-bound. And the soil quite damp. But no rot so far as I can see. I have separated the roots a little as you can see from the pic. My question is: now what? 

Thank you in advance for your help!


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  • Looks very healthy. Pot n in a larger pot with fresh compost. Should be fine.
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    Bigger pot? What is your feeding regime like? Why do you keep it in the shade by the way?
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  • PegathaPegatha Posts: 86
    Thank you for your reply. What should I do about this stem? It’s one of the thickest stems but has lost all leaves and gone yellow/brown. 


  • PegathaPegatha Posts: 86
    Hi WildEdges, internet says ZZ grows best in shade, so that’s where I keep it! 
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    I've always understood that it likes to be kept out of the sun but bright light is best. It's often sold as tolerant of darker spaces but grows better if it gets good light levels. If it hasn't had much light and insufficient fertiliser then that could be a cause of the yellowing.

    I'd cut off the dead bits with a clean knife, re-pot into fresh soil and give it a light feed. You could add some feed granules if you wanted which will see it through this year but I prefer to use an organic liquid feed for house plants.
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    edited March 2020
    I quite dislike this plasticky-looking plant! You could easily replace it with a real plastic ZZ plant, maintenance-free and nobody would notice the difference.  ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Different people like different things ... there’s something for everyone  ... and it’s enjoying the variety on this planet that makes the world go round 😀 
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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    Totally agree, @Dovefromabove !
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,557
    Papi Jo said:
    I quite dislike this plasticky-looking plant! You could easily replace it with a real plastic ZZ plant, maintenance-free and nobody would notice the difference.  ;)
    The same can be said of Astroturf :#  ZZs have been over-used as office and commercial plants though which has turned a lot of people off to them.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    edited March 2020
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
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