ZZ Plant Propagation | How to Grow ZZ Plant

Last Updated: 19.10.2023

Emerald palms make for a great tropical specimen for both home and offices. Here is everything you need to know about ZZ Plant Propagation!

ZZ Plant Propagation

ZZ plants have attractive glossy green leaves arranged on the upright stems. This hardy plant is a boon for forgetful gardeners as it requires minimal attention and dwells in low light areas, making it an ideal candidate for offices and houses. ZZ Plant Propagation is quite easy, and here’s all the information you need to grow it!

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Other Name: Zanzibar gem, ZZ plant, Zuzu plant, Aroid palm, Eternity plant, Emerald palm

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ZZ Plant Propagation / How to Grow ZZ Plant

Here are two of the most popular methods to propagate ZZ Plants.

1. From Leaves

  • Take off the leaves from a healthy stem. Make sure not to damage them in the process.
  • Keep the leaves at shade for a couple of hours, so they develop a callus.
  • Now, fill a tray or small pot with a soilless growing medium like cocopeat or a mixture of perlite and peat. Put the end of the leaf half an inch deep into it.
  • Water thoroughly and cover the tray with plastic wrap to avoid water loss.
  • Keep the tray or pot in the bright, but indirect sunlight and mist it regularly.
  • The leaf will form roots in- weeks. You can then transplant it in the container.

2. From Stem Cutting / ZZ Plant Water Propagation

  • Snip off 6-8 inches of cutting from a healthy plant.
  • Dip the end in a rooting hormone and place it in a vase filled with fresh water.
  • Keep it at bright, indirect sunlight, and change the water every week.
  • The cutting will develop roots in 3-4 weeks.
  • Transplant it in a pot when the roots grow up to 1-2 inches long.

Note: You can propagate the stem cutting in a well-draining soil mix too.

Growing Requirements for the ZZ plant

ZZ Plant Propagation 2


ZZ plant performs well in bright and indirect sunlight. Just ensure that the plant is not exposed to the harsh sunlight for a longer duration of time. An east-facing window will be the best.


The rhizomes or tubers of the ZZ plant retain water, so always check the topsoil for dryness with your fingers before watering the plant.


The best soil for the ZZ plant is the equal mix of garden soil, cactus mix, and coco coir. Alternatively, you can also use equal parts of potting mix and perlite.

ZZ Plant Care


During summer, re-pot the plant if it starts outgrowing the old pot. Keep an eye on the drainage holes, and if you notice roots coming out of it, it’s time to move it to a bigger container.


Feed the plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength twice a year. Do check the label for dosage.

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