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Jun 7, 2020 4:25 PM CST
Ft Lauderdale
I bought a big ZZ plant at Lowe's on the bargain rack for $7.00. It's the size of the ones you would see for $40.00-50.00 at a nursery. The thing is some of the stems were bent and rotted at the bend. The soil was soaking wet, so I took it out of the pot and put In fresh dry cactus mix. I cut the stems with the rot down to the base. I figure I will try to propagate from them. I was too chicken to try and separate it into different plants. I've seen videos of it, but I feel like I don't know what I'm doing. I'm wondering if the base of the stems will regrow or will they stay like that? I'm hoping I did something good for it. If not, it was only $7.00 and was drowning in Lowes anyway.
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Jun 8, 2020 1:21 AM CST
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Jun 8, 2020 4:35 PM CST
Ft Lauderdale
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Jun 9, 2020 9:09 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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The pot is larger than ideal so be careful to let the soil get dry 2-3 inches deep into the pot before watering it lightly. Also, remove some of the soil you added to the top of the rootball.

Because of the repotting, you may get some leaf yellowing and dieback. It will also be a long time before you see any new growth as it puts its energy into filling the pot with new roots first. So be patient.

Keeping it outside on a terrace in light shade is a good environment for it.
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Jun 10, 2020 5:57 AM CST
Ft Lauderdale
Should I re pot it again in a smaller pot? That was the nursery pot it came in. I thought it came out of the pot too easily. Usually, it's a struggle to remove them.
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Jun 10, 2020 2:09 PM CST
Name: Will Creed
NYC
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The roots have experienced enough trauma, so I suggest you leave it in that pot but just be very careful with your watering.
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