Propagation forum: ZZ Plant?

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Name: Cheryl
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Apr 13, 2015 10:21 PM CST
Has anyone successfully propagated a ZZ Plant? My bird nipped off three leaves. As slow as this plant grows I was disappointed and mad at myself for making the plant accessible to the bird. The leaves are whole though and I hear you can propagate them by simply sticking them into the soil after only a couple hours of letting the leaves harden off and dry. I've found some spots within the mother plant's pot and stuck them in the ground. "Slow and steady wins the race", right? We shall see. Hints, suggestions, comments??
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Name: Duane Robinson
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Apr 14, 2015 8:52 AM CST

My only experience with propagating ZZ plants is through division. My wife's mother plant got root bound a couple of years ago and I divided it into six plants. There were several pieces that I put in one pot and it did survive. Mainly keep the pots moist until it gets rooted, then fertilize with a slow release fertilizer, I use Osmocote.

I kept them on my back porch out of direct sunlight and watered once a week.

Hope that helps.

Name: greene
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Apr 14, 2015 2:11 PM CST
Yep, you need to allow the leaves to dry for several hours to form a callous. Then stick each leaf upright in a well-drained type of potting mix. Poohdaddy is correct - out of direct sunlight and don't over water. Don't let the soil stay too wet or the leaves will rot before they form a new plant.
After that you have to wait...
and wait...
for about a year or so.
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Name: Clint Brown
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Apr 29, 2015 12:23 PM CST
I have used leaves many times. It works every time. even after the leaf dies, don't give up. They will still grow.
Name: tarev
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Apr 29, 2015 12:51 PM CST
I have tried using some leaves..but I often forget about them, so it reaches the stage where there seems to be a rhizome forming then the leaf dies out. But it can be done, just takes a very long, long time.

But I have been able to divide my ZZ plant, and now have 3 containers.
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May 31, 2015 4:39 PM CST
Actually this plant is on my amazing to propagate list. As Pohdaddy and Greene say it is easy to propagate from a stem or leaf for an immediate plant, but more interesting is to take all the leaflets from that stem and insert their tips in a shallow pot of well drained soil. Forget all about it except to occasionally water, and first thing you know you have a pot full of hidden tubers which will eventually produce a really full pot of ZZs. I now have this plant in pots everywhere to donate to society plant sales.
Name: Suga
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Dec 11, 2015 6:05 PM CST
I had no idea they where this easy to root! Thank you so much for the info Guess what I will be doing tomorrow! Lol Hurray!
Name: Rick Corey
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Dec 11, 2015 6:27 PM CST
Wikipedia suggests covering the pot with a plastic bag, and not worrying if the leaf eventually rots.

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Name: Suga
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Dec 11, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Thank you so much

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