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How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf – #1 Expert Advice

How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf?

ZZ plants (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) are easy to propagate and there are many different ways to do so.

A ZZ plant can also be propagated from a leaf.  

Annother way of propagating a ZZ plant is by division according to Iowa University.

Taking leaf cuttings from a ZZ plant is often the preferred way of propagating it for many reasons as it is very easy to do.

The downside is that ZZ plant leaf propagation takes time!

I’ll go through the method from start to finish, explain the benefits, and hopefully you’ll be left with several new ZZ plants that you can pass on.

 

How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf

To propagate a ZZ plant cut or pinch a leaf from the mother ZZ plant. Leave it out for a couple of hours to callus over which will prevent rotting. Then add to either soil or water, depending on your preferred method. The only downside is that propagation from leaves takes a long time so patience is key.

 

How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf

How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf

 

 

How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf

 

The Difference Between Stem and Leaf Cuttings

I remember feeling so overwhelmed when I started my propagation journey.

There are so many methods, terms to learn, and tools that are needed that I almost gave up.

But I’m going to cover the entire process of leaf propagation from start to finish to hopefully make it easier for you.

 

Stem Cuttings

When stem cuttings are mentioned, it means that a section of the plant has been removed. This includes the stem, leaves, and, depending on the plant, some aerial roots as well.

Removing too much stem at once can cause damage to the mother plant so regular propagation using this method isn’t recommended.

 

Leaf Cuttings

Taking a leaf cutting from a plant is exactly that, removing a leaf from the mother plant.

This only works with some plants but on those it does work for, it’s the preferred method because more leaves can be taken at once without shocking the plant.

It can also be done without making the mother plant look bare, the leaves have to be chosen carefully.

 

ZZ Plant Leaf Propagation

One of the best things about leaf propagation is that you won’t be needing any specialist tools. They might help you but you can achieve leaf propagation without them.

First, pinch a leaf from the mother ZZ plant.

Take it from as close to the base as you possibly can, this will limit any damage to the plant and won’t leave noticeable gaps in the foliage.

Pinch a leaf from the mother ZZ plant, making sure to take it as close to the base as possible to limit damage

Pinch a leaf from the mother ZZ plant, making sure to take it as close to the base as possible to limit damage

Remember, you can take several leaves at a time. If you have a large ZZ plant with plenty of stems, you could take a handful of leaves and the mother plant wouldn’t suffer for it.

It all depends on how many new plants you want to grow.

Once you have the leaves, you can leave them out for a couple of hours so the end can callus over.

The benefit of this is that it reduces the chance of the leaf rotting while you wait for the roots to establish. However, it’s not a necessary step.

The next step is for you to decide whether you want the leaf to root in soil or water. Both have pros and cons, it’s a personal preference that will dictate which you use.

 

Rooting a ZZ Plant Leaf Cutting in Water

This method is so simple. It only requires 3 items:

1. A small container, such as a shot glass

2. A ZZ leaf

3. Some water

Fill the shot glass with water and place the leaf into it. That’s literally all there is to it.

Put the glass somewhere where it gets bright but indirect light to encourage growth.

Fill a shot glass (or any clear glass) with water before placing the newly-pinched ZZ leaf in it

Fill a shot glass (or any clear glass) with water before placing the newly-pinched ZZ leaf in it

Even though ZZ plants don’t need a lot of light, when you’re propagating something, bright light is essential for encouraging growth. 

Make sure you change the water it’s in every 7-10 days so it’s fresh for the leaf.

One of the benefits of rooting in water is that you can see the process your leaf is making. It can take months though for a single leaf to grow roots so please be patient and don’t give up on it.

You might even see a rhizome start to take shape. This is the fleshy structure that grows above the roots but below the soil and it holds excess water which is how the ZZ plant can go weeks without water.

Sometimes, you can see a rhizome growing out of the ZZ plant leaf cutting you placed in the water

Sometimes, you can see a rhizome growing out of the ZZ plant leaf cutting you placed in the water

Once you see roots starting to grow, you can take the leaf out of the water and plant it in a nursery pot.

Make sure you choose a pot with good drainage holes and use well-draining potting soil. Both of these combined will minimize the risk of root rot.

 

Rooting a ZZ Plant Leaf Cutting in Soil

This is a great method if you don’t want to pot the leaf once it’s rooted in water. 

Take a small nursery pot and fill it with soil, roughly ¾ up the sides.

Take a small nursery pot and fill it with soil about three quarters up the sides to root ZZ leaf in the soil

Take a small nursery pot and fill it with soil about three quarters up the sides to root ZZ leaf in the soil

Place the leaf into the soil, pinched side down, and fill in the remainder of the pot with soil. Make sure you choose a houseplant soil with good drainage. 

Place the pinched side of the ZZ plant leaf cutting into the soil

Place the pinched side of the ZZ plant leaf cutting into the soil

Make sure you water the soil thoroughly. Going from the outside in is a good method, it ensures that there’s plenty of moisture within the soil to encourage rooting without rotting the leaf.

Just like with water rooting, it will still take a couple of months for roots to establish. The progress won’t be visible but if you want to see whether the roots have established, gently tug on the tip of the leaf.

If there’s resistance, it’s been a success. 

 

Conclusion About How to Propagate a ZZ Plant From a Leaf 

Propagating your ZZ plant is a great skill to learn. It’s an inexpensive way to expand your houseplant collection or pass the plant love on to friends and family.

Growing a new plant from a single leaf is pretty awesome and I would definitely recommend giving it a go.

Author Bio

Daniel Iseli

Taking care of houseplants and gardening are my greatest passions. I am transforming my apartment into an urban jungle and am growing veggies in my indoor and outdoor garden year-round.