Starting a ZZ from branch??

stephanie_kay(5a IL)February 26, 2013

I bought a ZZ plant today, after I got it home I found that a center branch was not attached. It looks like it had been broken off a while ago. Is there any way of rooting it? Water? Sticking it in soil? Anyone?

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eahamel(9a)

You can root individual leaves. Takes a long time. I don't know about the entire stem, though.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:21PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Me neither, They root from leaves. They took months to grow for me

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 2:55PM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

It looks like I can but might need to cut the stem some first. Here is a link to a article I found.

Here is a link that might be useful: ZZ stem growing

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:32PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Stephanie,

In my experience, one CAN put that entire branchlet in water to root; I've done so myself. The result was my branch grew a small green tuber resembling a green pea & some roots as well. Then I potted it up sometime afterwards.

I don't recall if here at Houseplants or over at C&S Forum (Cactus & Succulents forum), but I've posted a number of threads about ZZs including ones I've started from single leaves. As you browse, the results, pls. look for my handle 'Pirate_Girl'.

Fun experiment (to me) why not try anyway? No, I would't trim that, I'd put in water just like that (in case it has already sprouted root nodes, which one wouldn't want to sever).

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 3:44PM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

Pirate, I finally found your page. It was in this forum in 2011.
So you started your leaf in water? The others I have found started their leaves in soil. When I transplanted it I found two more smaller stems had some off.
How often did you change/add water ? The last thing I grew in water was avocado seeds. That has been many moons ago.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 5:26PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

sounds like a fun experiment. try it

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 6:56PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

To everybody interested in these (including those reading along, but not actively posting).

Am happy to answer questions &/or discuss these plants, even if things CAN be looked up. Guess just sharing in a 'look here at these interesting plant experiments I've grown' kind of way.

I've grown them both ways, more frequently in mix, but once in water. I never change the water, only ADD to it. I use some small bit of aquarium grade charcoal (from the pet store) to help keep the water fresh.

These are pretty indestructible plants, probably the only way to kill 'em would be to overwater (when grown in mix).

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 11:54PM
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stephanie_kay(5a IL)

Thanks Pirate,

Do you have photos of your different ZZ's? How long did it take to root in water? Longer then in soil? How are they all doing now?

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 6:45AM
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