how to propagate zz plant

How To Propagate ZZ Plant?

Propagating plants is a great way to add more greenery to your home while also ensuring that you are taking care of the environment. As an eco-conscious gardener, I understand how important it is to propagate plants in an organic, sustainable, and holistic way.

In this article, I will be discussing the four different ways to propagate ZZ plants – leaf cutting, stem cutting, bulb division, and division – and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do each one.

Not only will this help you save money by not having to buy new plants every time you want to expand your garden, but it will also ensure that the plants get all the nutrients they need for healthy growth. So let’s get started!

How To Propagate ZZ Plant From Stem Cutting?

Water propagation is the simplest way to propagate a ZZ plant as it only involves taking a cutting from the parent plant and submerging it in a container of water. Soil propagation is done by planting the cuttings directly into a moist potting mix, allowing them to take root and grow new plants.

Let’s discuss this in detail:

propagating zz plant through stem cutting

Propagating Stem Cutting In Water

Watering your beloved ZZ is an easy way to make it multiply with love! Propagating by water requires stem cutting, which involves taking a 4-6 inch piece of stem from the mother plant and placing it in a cup of water. This should be done during the warmer months when the plant is actively growing.

Place the cuttings in the water and wait for the roots to appear around 2 weeks later. Once new roots have grown out, pot them up into a potting mix and keep them watered regularly but not overly saturated.

Propagating Stem Cutting In Soil

Soil propagation is another great way to multiply your ZZ plant, providing an opportunity for it to really thrive. It’s a method that is organic, sustainable, and holistic. Taking cuttings of the stem and then potting them into the soil can be a great way to propagate a ZZ plant.

Be sure to use quality potting soil when planting the cuttings in order to give them the best chance at success. You can also add some fertilizer or compost if desired for extra nutrients. Make sure you keep the soil moist but not overly wet as this can cause root rot.

Now you know how to propagate the ZZ plant, but do know the propagation process for the jade plant? Read more in my other post!

How To Propagate ZZ Plant From Leaf Cutting?

I’m interested in learning how to propagate ZZ plants from stem cuttings. One way of propagating is through water propagation, where you place a cutting in a glass of water and wait for it to sprout roots. Another way is soil propagation, which involves sticking the cutting into moist soil and waiting for new growth to appear. Both methods require patience, but the result can be quite rewarding!

propagating zz plant through leaf cutting

Propagating Leaf Cutting In Water

Water propagation is an easy and fun way to do it! To begin, you will need a mature ZZ plant, some pruning shears, and a container of water.

  1. Start by taking a leaf cutting from the mature plant with the pruning shears.
  2. Make sure that the cutting has at least two or three leaves on it.
  3. Place the stem cutting into the container of water and make sure that all of the leaves are submerged.
  4. Place the container in an area where there is indirect sunlight and wait for new runners to form on the leaf cutting.
  5. Once these new runners start to form, simply trim away any excess growth and replant them in the soil.

This method of propagation allows you to create several identical plants from one mother plant while conserving resources in an organic and sustainable way!

Propagating Leaf Cutting In Soil

I’m now ready to move on to soil propagation. This is a bit different than water propagation, but I’ll show you how easy it is. To begin, take a healthy cutting from the parent plant of your ZZ Plant with rhizomes and roots still attached.

Place the cutting in a pot filled with cactus mix and pat down lightly so that it’s secure. Here are three tips for success:

  1. Make sure that the pot has drainage holes in the bottom;
  2. Water when the top inch of soil begins to dry out;
  3. Keep in indirect sunlight until new growth appears.

By following these steps, you can propagate your ZZ Plant using soil! You may even be able to have multiple plants growing at once if conditions are right!

How To Propagate ZZ Plant From Bulb?

You can easily create a new ZZ plant from its bulb – just follow these simple steps and you’ll have a thriving one in no time!

  1. Start by removing the base of the plant, as this is where the bulb will be found.
  2. Carefully take out the small bulb, making sure to avoid any root rot that may have occurred.
  3. Place it in a pot filled with well-draining soil and water until the soil is moist, but not soaked.
  4. Place your pot in an area that receives bright indirect light indoors and watch it grow!

Indoor plants like ZZ need consistent care to survive and thrive. Water every 7-10 days depending on how dry or warm your home is, and make sure to always check for root rot before adding more water.

The soil should remain damp, but never soggy; if you’re unsure when to water, feel the top layer of soil – if it’s still wet then there’s no need for additional watering at this time. If you notice yellowing leaves or wilting stems, reduce watering frequency or amount until they return to normal.

Fertilize every 4-6 weeks using liquid fertilizer formulated specifically for indoor plants during their active growing season (spring/summer). In winter (or when growth has slowed), use half-strength fertilizer once every 2 months instead.

Make sure to flush any excess minerals from around the roots occasionally by running clear water through them for several minutes – this will help avoid nutrient build-up which can cause damage over time.

Taking good care of your ZZ plant will ensure that it lives a long and healthy life! It’s important to remember that all plants are different so pay attention to how yours reacts to its environment – adjust accordingly based on what works best for your particular specimen!

How To Propagate ZZ Plant By Division?

Now that we have discussed propagating ZZ plants from bulbs, let’s take a look at how to propagate them by division. This is an easy and effective way to increase your ZZ plant collection without having to buy additional plants.

propagating zz plant through division

Division involves taking a single ZZ plant and splitting it into two or more separate parts, each with its own root system. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Choose a healthy-looking mature plant with multiple stems and leaves.
  2. Gently remove the entire plant from its pot.
  3. Carefully divide the roots into multiple sections, making sure each section has some roots attached.
  4. Once you have separated the sections of the root, replant each one in its own pot with fresh soil.

Now you have two or more plants! In addition to bulb propagation and division methods, there are other ways you can propagate your ZZ plants such as cutting off pieces of stem or even air layering (when part of a stem is encased in moist sphagnum moss).

Air layering allows for easier removal of rooted stems since they don’t need to be dug out like when propagating by divisions or bulbs. All these various methods make it easy to multiply your collection of these beautiful houseplants!

No matter which propagation method you choose for your ZZ plants, always remember that patience is key – it may take several weeks before any signs of new growth appear on the newly planted sections or leaves but eventually, all your hard work will pay off!

How Long Does It Take To Propagate ZZ Plant?

It may take several weeks for you to see any signs of new growth from propagating your ZZ plants, but the wait will be worth it! The key is patience when it comes to propagating ZZ plants!

To ensure that your ZZ plant cuttings have a successful start in their new homes, make sure that they are potted using organic soil with adequate drainage holes.


Propagating a ZZ plant is easy and rewarding. With just a few simple steps, you can easily propagate your own plants. Leaf cuttings, stem cuttings, bulb division, and division by root are all effective methods for propagating the ZZ plant.

From start to finish it takes about 4-6 weeks for the propagation process to complete. By taking an organic, sustainable, and holistic approach to propagate the ZZ plant, you can enjoy these beautiful plants in multiple forms throughout your home or garden!

Propagating the ZZ plant is just one step in caring for your plant. Read my other articles to learn the propagation process of other plants so that your whole garden can thrive and survive:

I have been growing food for over 20 years and during this span of time I have garnered some handy techniques of modern and urban farming. I have created this website to share the insights of my expertise with you people so that you can also add green to your life.

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