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Vancouver BC Canada
Jul 12, 2020 10:24 AM CST
Hi. I'm so new to the world of plants and want so badly not to send anything to an early grave so really need advice from you seasoned pros.

I brought this lovely ZZ plant home about 10 weeks ago. It seemed to be doing well with new shoots sprouting. I have perhaps watered too infrequently as I understood neglect was better than over care.

I've recently noticed a few small dead leaves and some darkness (brown or black around the leaf edge. I have an Schefflera plant that I think has scales and wondered whether they may have gotten to my ZZ (but I can't see anything on the leaf).

Any advice given would be appreciated🙏
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Wiltshire, England
Jul 12, 2020 1:38 PM CST
It looks like sunburn to me :O
Is it really close to a window? To the glass?
I'm really not an expert - you've had your ZZ plant longer than I've had mine! But if it's real close to the glass of a sunny sunny spot - try moving it back a few feet before panicking.
They do tolerate low light - but wont really grow. They need more light to grow but they don't like super harsh sun for hours and hours.

It's just place - wait and see. I'm currently playing this game with my Oxalis Triangularis so I have sympathy for you.
Edit: I've also heard that decreasing the light helps new leaves turn dark faster - but I've yet to test that theory out
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