Houseplants forum: Can you propagate with these small stems?

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Cora23
Oct 21, 2019 4:16 AM CST
Hello,
my ZZ plant has multiple of these small stems with only two leaves, can I use these the propagate by stem cutting? Or do I need to use one of the bigger stems?

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CrazedHoosier
Oct 21, 2019 8:25 AM CST
Well, I can't say for certain about this specific question, but in general I've propogated zz plants by tiny cuttings successfully.
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You can see my little zz cuttings behind the blooming aloe. They've all rooted successfully. I planted them about 2 months ago.
Maybe we should get a second opinion...
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JayZeke
Oct 21, 2019 8:46 AM CST
Interesting! Thanks @CrazedHoosier , i didnt think they would root. Ive always pulled the little bulbs with the 2leaf stems.
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CrazedHoosier
Oct 21, 2019 10:29 AM CST
JayZeke said:Interesting! Thanks @CrazedHoosier , i didnt think they would root. Ive always pulled the little bulbs with the 2leaf stems.


I was surprised when I pulled one of my cuttings and saw roots growing! Roots appeared about a month after putting them in the soil. Now they're so well rooted in I can't pull them out without hurting them!
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Cora23
Oct 21, 2019 11:03 AM CST
I'll try with mine as well then, thank you! Thank You!
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plantladylin
Oct 21, 2019 12:04 PM CST
Cora, you could try rooting a stem of your ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) in water. I once unintentionally broke off a couple of stems of a ZZ plant (one stem had only two leaves) but I stuck the cut stems in a jar of water along with pothos and philodendron cuttings and placed the jar on an open shelf in my kitchen. I had no idea if the ZZ stems would root and it took quite a long time before anything happened. I changed the water every couple of weeks and the Pothos and Philo rooted quickly but it seemed to take quite a few months before I noticed little bulbous rhizomes and roots on the ZZ cuttings!
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JayZeke
Oct 21, 2019 12:43 PM CST
plantladylin said:Cora, I changed the water every couple of weeks and the Pothos and Philo rooted quickly but it seemed to take quite a few months before I noticed little bulbous rhizomes and roots on the ZZ cuttings!
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@Plantladylin So your stems did not have a bulb until after you had it in water???
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plantladylin
Oct 21, 2019 1:11 PM CST
Correct, they were cut stems that I stuck in a small jar of water and the bulbous rhizomes were produced after a few months sitting in the water. I was quite surprised!
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Cora23
Oct 21, 2019 1:25 PM CST
Oh wow, I think I'll try putting one in water and one in soil, maybe I'll be lucky as well and something grows, thank you! Smiling
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plantladylin
Oct 21, 2019 1:26 PM CST
Keep us posted on how they do!
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Cora23
Oct 21, 2019 3:24 PM CST
I will!

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Cora23
Nov 18, 2019 10:24 AM CST
A small update:
I ended up putting 4 in soil and 1 water. 3 of the 4 in soil have already grown rhizomes (even one that was only a leaf cutting!) which are still very small, but success for now! The fourth one was actually the one I had the most hopes for, I think its getting there but I'm not sure. The one in water seems to be growing tiny roots now? No rhizome so far but I'll keep you guys updated! Smiling
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JayZeke
Feb 25, 2020 3:43 PM CST
My ZZ-Xpiremnt. Started in Oct 19'
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So.... This is where i am so far..... You guys think its ready to go in the soil? Will the roots develope once in soil?


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