The Q&A Archives: Zamioculcas

Question: Hi there

Hope you can help. I have an indoor zamioculcas plant which grew extremely well in summer, however I am now finding that the leaves are yellowing and dropping off. Whole stems are dying off.

How can I save this plant. I have followed all instruction and water accordingly.

Secondly, would it be wise to repot it, what precautions do I need to take.

Finally, I have a lavender plant (outdoors) which keeps dying on me although i follow instructions, any advice ? I have tried different variations of the lavender plant and they all seem to dye out.

Many thanks for your advice

Answer: Zamioculcas tends to yellow and drop foliage when it is overwatered. It will need less water during the winter than it did in the summer because it is growing less due to the lower light levels. Also make sure that it is not in direct sun; as the days shorten the sun angle changes and this can put a formerly shaded spot into direct sun. Generally speaking it is not a good idea to repot a plant that is not doing well as this adds additional stress.

Lavender requires a bright location with full sun, good air circulation, and perfect drainage. This is a plant that will not survive in soil that is overly wet or if it is overwatered. You might try creating a slightly raised bed for it using a sandy soil with a neutral or slightly alkaline pH. Do not mulch it.

Your local professional garden center staff may also have suggestions. Good luck with your plants!

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