How to propagate: ZZ-plant (Zamiifolia Zamioculcas)

The Zamioculcas, or ZZ-plant, is a popular indoor platns with roots in Zanzibar, Kenya and Madagascar. ZZ-plants consume little water and also have few care requirements. Not only an ideal indoor plant, but also as an office plant the ZZ-plant is popular. ZZ-plants comes from the Araceae family. Just likethe Anthurium, Spathiphylum and the Philodendron.


  • ZZ-plant (Zamioculcas)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Vase with water or Decorative pot with fresh potting soil
  • Optional: rooting hormone

Propagating a ZZ-plant in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

The propagation of the Zamioculcas can be done in two ways: water or soil. The fastest way to propagate is water propagation.

It is best to cut one stem and divide it into pieces. Make sure each piece has two leaves. This is useful for propagation in water as well as in soil.

Step 3: Apply rooting hormone

Do you happen to have rooting hormone at home? Then you can apply the rooting hormone to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any rooting hormone? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use ofrooting hormone can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

When propagating in water, roots will develop sooner than in soil. The ZZ-plant grows very slowly, so growing roots can take a while.

When the roots are around 5 cm, you can repot them in soil. Keep the small cuttings in a place with a lot of indirect sunlight. As soon as the plant has grown bigger it can move to the a darker spot.

Does the cutting have sufficient roots? Then the cutting can be placed in a pot with soil. It is best to use fresh potting soil to stimulate root growth. Make sure to not water the first period.

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