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Name: Linda
NH (Zone 5b)
Jan 30, 2018 1:12 PM CST
I have a ZZ plant that is doing very well. But, I wonder if there is ever a point where it should be repotted or separated because it gets too big for the pot that it is in. Compared to other pictures, I don't think I'm at that point, but I'm not sure. Also, there is one branch that is not supported, so it droops pretty low. I don't know if I should add support for it, remove it, or just leave it alone. It lives on the balcony so that other branches are supported by the railing.
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Name: Karen
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Jan 30, 2018 1:24 PM CST
If it were mine, I'd not re-pot it. The pot is large enough, and it looks like it has drainage holes. It's lovely as is. I would trim off the drooping branch and see if I could root it for a new plant.
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Name: Linda
NH (Zone 5b)
Jan 30, 2018 3:50 PM CST
Thank you very much! I will try that. I've got a leaf that I started a little over a year ago that finally has a little bulb at the bottom. I will try the same thing with that branch! Either in sections, or indivisual leaves, or a little bit of both.

Thanks again!
Name: Will Creed
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Jan 30, 2018 5:51 PM CST
I agree with Karen about not repotting and trimming off the droopy leaf stem. I don't think you have a problem, but more light and perhaps more frequent watering may help sturdier leaf stems to develop.
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Name: Lin
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Jan 30, 2018 6:56 PM CST
I agree with what's already been said; your ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) looks very happy and healthy and doesn't need re-potting. My motto is "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Smiling

You can cut that floppy leaf and stick it in a jar of water ... it might take a long time but it will eventually form a bulb and roots. About 10 years ago I took leaf cuttings and stuck them in a vase of water and sat it on a shelf in my kitchen. Those things did nothing for many months but I left them in the water because the leaf stems didn't seem to be rotting ... and the leaves were attractive; eventually I noticed bulbs and roots had formed!

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Name: Ursula
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Jan 30, 2018 7:03 PM CST
Many years ago I grew a ZZ at work in a large West window. It grew humongous since I watered regularly and the plant eventually filled out its pot and window. I repotted it at one point by simply raising it in the pot and exposing the upper part of the huge tap root as one might do with caudiciforms. It looked great and continued to grow.,
Name: Daisy I
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Jan 30, 2018 7:55 PM CST
The less care and less fussing you do with a ZZ, the better they grow. Try not to take good care of it - whatever comes into your mind to improve your ZZ's life, .... let it fall right out again. Neglect is the name of the game for ZZ's
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Name: Linda
NH (Zone 5b)
Jan 31, 2018 8:39 AM CST
These are great suggestions! Also, "Try not to take good care of it" made me actually laugh out loud. I haven't done anything to it, but I think I will cut off the drooper and see if I can get it to grow some roots. And I will leave the main one alone. I have only recently become more interested in plants, cuttings, and plant care, and I am loving it. Having this forum makes it even more fun.
Name: tarev
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Jan 31, 2018 10:46 AM CST
HI Linda, I agree just to leave it alone, they are such carefee plants..I like to think of it as less care is more for it. Good growing on the ones you have! Thumbs up

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