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Bluffton, sc
Jun 25, 2017 12:37 PM CST
I have zamioculcas, has become leggy. Can I cut back to dirt? Will it come back? Can I root cuttings? Houseplant - low lite
Name: Lin
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Jun 25, 2017 1:39 PM CST
Hi Clw9696, Welcome!

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a slow grower but the habit as it ages, is thicker, longer stems and branches that have a natural draping like appearance.

If you don't like the shape you can prune off stems and they can be propagated for new plants. I no longer grow that plant but seven or eight years ago when I had one, I decided to prune a few branches; I removed the lower leaves and stuck the stems in a jar of water where they sat for many months and finally new little rhizomes formed so I potted them up. Many folks take stem cuttings and stick them right in the soil to root, which also takes awhile for them to form roots. If you decide to root stems in soil, just be sure that you don't plant them too deep or they will rot.

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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 25, 2017 2:08 PM CST
It's hard to know what you mean by leggy. Posting a photo here would be helpful in guiding you in properly pruning it.
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