Well, Hallelujah!

elkay_gwMay 17, 2013

I had just about given up on propagating this ZZ plant, but yesterday I went to check if it needed water and...Low and Behold - a shoot! Hubby brought home two cutting from his office in July 2011. I planted the two cuttings and, just for fun, thought I'd try to grow a plant from a couple of the leaves.

Man, I thought cactus plants were slow growers, but this ZZ takes the cake! Took 22 MONTHS!

P.S. The 2 stem cuttings have still done nothing.

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auron22(6b OH)

I heard propagating ZZ tests the patience of all gardeners. I don't think I would be able to do it.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 12:32PM
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Enterotoxigenic00

Yippee! Congratulations. I have two leaves thinking about sprouting...I'm not going to hold my breath but I'll sure be excited if it happens.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 2:53PM
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eahamel(9a)

Wow! I knew it was slow, but had no idea. You have more patience than I do.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 2:57PM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

I would not have the patience to root zz plant cuttings. I would toss them after a month

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 4:06PM
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theficuswrangler(9/10)

Ooh, I have a ZZ (or zizi, as my brother calls them) story. I was caring for some in an office, and someone had broken a couple of the stems off. They were long, you know, mature, and I thought it was a shame just to throw them away, so I took them home and put them in vase of water in my bathroom. Long story short, in a couple of months, the dang things sprouted roots! You could have knocked me over with a palm frond. Anyway I planted them, and they grew beautifully until I let them freeze winter before last. (Sigh.)

    Bookmark   May 17, 2013 at 7:58PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Curious if that leaf has unfurled yet?

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 10:04AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

Me to. Can you post a new photo please elkay

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 2:30PM
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elkay_gw

Ok, here ya go! Here's what it looks like as of 5 minutes ago. I guess they open up in sets of two. Now.............I wonder how long the next set will take to appear.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2013 at 4:07PM
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keylyn

leaf cuttings with modified roots can tolerate direct sun with high humidity. Mine are getting unobstructed light and afternoon shade, and new leaves started peeking one by one after 3-4 months.
but of course I live in the more tropical country.

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 5:32AM
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auron22(6b OH)

Those new leaves look so nice. I hope your ZZ baby lives a long and healthy life :)

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:27AM
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grabmebymyhandle(6 Kentucky)

To take the patience out of the equation, simply root cuttings of super slow plants, such as zz's, into the pot of a larger plant, preferably one that's bushy enough to hide them...then just forget em.

I find they root faster this way too, a larger pot, with a healthy plant is a more stable environment than a small pot is, and it saves space too!

I do it with cuttings from tropicals to c&s and none seem to mind

    Bookmark   June 1, 2013 at 9:49AM
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