zz Plant yellowing and dying
Plant: ZZ Plant
How long have you had the plant? 1 to 2 years
The leaves are yellowing and eventually the branches die off – looks like I have 2 more dying. It’s happened about 3 times in the past 6 months. I also noticed scale bugs on the plant a few weeks ago which I thought were the source of the problem, but I got rid of those and it looks worse
Overall plant and light situation: the plant receives only indirect light
How do you determine WHEN to water: I wait for the soil to become completely dry
Describe HOW you water: Pour a small amount of water onto the soil; I water it a decent amount from the top
What fertilizer do you use? I have not used any fertilizer.
When was the last time you repotted? I haven’t repotted.
Thanks for the photos and info.
With such a small pot and never having used fertilizer, I’m quite certain the nutrients in this soil are depleted, leading to rapid death of several stems at the same time. I recommend repotting into a larger pot – 2″ larger than this one is fine – and using a fertilizer on a regular basis. Fertilizer recommendations HERE.
Any tropical plant soil with some added perlite will do (or you can use ‘cactus soil’ as is).
Going into a larger pot and regularly using fertilizer (in combination with being next to your large window) will encourage new stems to grow and make the current stems last longer – reminder: they will still die eventually but with better growing conditions, new stems will outpace the death of older ones.
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