Posted 1M ago by @PiquantBluehaze

I got my ZZ from Walmart about a month ago & it just seem...

Last watered 1 week ago
Changing out the soil is probably a good idea, then you can check the roots too. If it is rotting, you can cut off ff the healthy tops and propagate them 🌱
Hey Jess πŸ‘‹ I totally agree with Debbie @debbiedo), but with a bit more urgency! Lol 🀣

I would DEFINITELY get him out of his pot asap, more so you can inspect his roots than anything.

You'll need to sterelise a pair of scissors or snips with isopropyl alcohol and then cut off any brown/ squishy/ smelly roots. Be brave! It's better to lose all the bad ones even if it means there aren't many left! 🫣

Rinse the remaining roots with a 3:1 water: 3% peroxide solution and then IF he's hardly any roots left I would treat him like a propegation, stick him in a glass with some water (you don't want the water to reach any leaves, you really just want to give your roots a chance to develop).

If, on the other hand, you still have plenty of roots left, sprinkle them with a little ground cinnamon (it's a natural unatifungal agent) and then repot him in some nice fresh soil (if you have a little activated charcoal to sprinkle over the bottom layer before putting him on top GREAT! but don't stress if you haven't... It's one of those things you'll probably end up with, like the peroxide and alcohol, in your house ALL the time if you keep plants long-term! lol 🀣).

Water him in generously and then leave him TOTALLY alone for at least a week or so! Don't water him again until it feels dry when you stick your finger in the pot as far as you can push it.

ZZs are pretty hardy so hopefully he'll be ok! πŸ₯° Usually we can save most plants if we catch the problem in time! But I would definitely use that dip test (sticking your finger in the pot) from now on to tell if it's time to water him again or not. If you snooze/ manually change the watering date on the app, Greg with go into "learning mode" and will adjust the watering rythmn over the next few watering cycles, so in a few weeks it should tell you it's time to water at the RIGHT time for your plant (it can't know these things without you teaching it, coz there's a LOT of different things affect how quickly your soil dries that the app can't really know lol 🀣).

Best of luck hun!! Do let us know how you get on? I love seeing a rescue work out πŸ’šπŸ₯° and you can tag me directly if you like? @jennib81) if you need any more help and feel it's kinda urgent! That's the best way to get my attention on here πŸ₯³ xx
@PiquantBluehaze Welcome to the Greg community. There’s definitely a way to save your plant! Here are some tips as to the plants care. The ZZ plant :This tropical gem hails from Eastern Africa and features glossy, dark green leaves that grow in a feather-like pattern. This low-light indoor plant is often praised for its air-purifying qualities, making it a popular choice for indoor spaces. ZZ plants are perfect for beginners because they can thrive in different light conditions. They like bright, indirect light but can also handle low-light areas, which is great for spaces with little sunlight. However, it's important to find the right balance, giving them too much direct sunlight can harm their leaves. ZZ plants excel in enduring drought, making them resilient to under-watering. To avoid a common pitfall, overwatering, it's essential to establish a watering routine that lets the soil dry out between sessions. Optimal soil mix is crucial, emphasizing the need for well-draining options to prevent waterlogged roots. ZZ plants, originating from arid regions, are accustomed to sporadic water availability. A well-draining soil mix ensures excess water doesn't accumulate around the roots, preventing issues like root rot. A blend of potting soil and perlite or sand creates an ideal environment, allowing water to pass through efficiently. This soil selection supports the ZZ plant's resilience, contributing to a thriving and healthy plant. ZZ plants are adaptable to different temperatures, but they do have favorites. They're comfy in a range, but ideally, keep them in temperatures between 65-75Β°F. They're chill, but not too cold. Now, about humidity, ZZ plants are okay with normal home levels, but during winter with indoor heating, things can get a bit dry. And if you want more info on ZZ plants check out this website: Happy Growing
Mine did this, and I discovered it had many rotted mushy rizomes (potato looking bulbs) in the soil. It was also in a self-watering pot. I repotted with new soil, and only put a tiny bit of water in the reserve for the rope to touch. When I say just a tiny bit of water, I mean less than a shot glass of water. I pinched all of the mushy roots off as well, and stuck them back in the soil. It's been a couple of weeks, and it's looking better.
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I'm so nervous 😲🀯 u guys r making me picture a plant horror movie 😭😭 πŸŽ₯ I just ordered this plant for myself then no lie πŸ€₯ the very next morning when I logged on here I forget who it was but this poor woman posted the picture of she called it the potato looking thing she didn't even know the name of it and one of you were the ones that actually came up with the correct name the rizomes? I'm frightened that I might not be able to handle this plant I guess we're all up to a challenge right and this plant might be mine! I'm just nervous? New plant and all? Gets the nerves going ,the excitement!
Wish me luck because I will be knocking on everybody's @
@PiquantBluehaze So sorry that our efforts to provide help left you unsettled! But I can reassure that the plant in question is one of the easiest to take care of! Just follow some basic advice and you got this πŸ‘πŸ‘
Aww Christina! I'm sorry honey, honestly you'll be fine!! πŸ₯°πŸ₯° ZZs are great "beginner" plants because they're hardy and relatively easy to handle (definitely avoid Calathea for example, they're notorious drama queens! Lmao 🀣🀣 even experienced plant parents have nightmares with them! Lol).

I think we all jumped in because you said it seems to be rotting... And taking him out of his pot and dealing with any root rot that's there is the best way to save him. It's not as complicated as I probably made it sound though!! Lmao 🀣 sorry, I'm so used to just trying to give people ALL the info I can in line to I never thought how overwhelming it might be for someone who's just starting on their planty journey! πŸ’šπŸ’š

Don't be nervous, you totally got this! It's all a learning curve with new plants, even for those if us with LOTS!! lol πŸ˜‚ when we get a new species of plant it's all about learning what they like and don't like! And we're all back to square one every time we do get a new species! πŸ˜œπŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ€£πŸ€£ So you're not alone! And you can totally tag me if you have a question, or want to show his progrss or your having a flat out panic about something... ANYTHING! lmao 🀣 is totally fine honey πŸ₯° were here to help! And if someone gives advice you don't understand, or seems scary or complicated just say!! We've a lovely bunch of plant fanatics on here and no one will mind in the slightest! We love having new plant parents join us! (It makes us all feel a bit less weird! Hahaha 🀣🀣🀣🀣) Xxx
I was slammed all day, I got 2 packages πŸ“¦ in one day. I don't wish that apon anyone. Unless it's accessories for planting and then plants but I got two bunches of plants today along with taking care of my own plants today holy cow πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„πŸ„. ☘️ 🌡 πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©

So the 1st three pics r all new. I'm surprised in myself that I had enough supplies to hold everything in one day.
Then the fourth pick I'm trying to save my aloe vera plants I had to cut off their root rot and I'm trying to reroute them which is turning into a really big hassle and I had to cut off some leaves and I watched a video on it and I'm hoping that their leaves will take and I might be able to get two new pups so we will see and then the fifth one are all these amazing succulent leaves that I found pretty much .....I was amazed
That they took in the area that they were in the I forgot all about them their soil was over over saturated and there were a bunch of other leaves that had mildew on them and we're just blackened but these leaves were so beautiful and if you're able to blow it up the roots and one of them already has a baby succulent on it so I redid an area for them in a much better condition a different container so I was so freaking busy today I am so exhausted I literally cannot move from where I am I was so busy I forgot that I didn't have not one thing to drink today but yet I peed a million times and tomorrow is supposed to be so hot hot even going to be the word

So all my new plants I have all separated they're nowhere near my old plants I can't believe I found the room it's it's turning into a jungle in here and that's the way I want it so I am going to curl up in my bed and wake up in a week
Hahaha Christina I know EXACTLY how you feel!! 😜🀣🀣 I tend to do mass repottings too (saving a bunch of them so I can do a load at once) and you're right it's EXHAUSTING! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It's such a stressful thing trying to make sure you don't "hurt" any of them (especially if their pot bound or have root rot!! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ) but it's well worth it! Remember they'll likely go into transplant shock for a week or so, so growth will slow and they may look a little floppy! But don't panic πŸ₯° it's totally normal and they will perk up again! Just take it easy with watering, don't use fertiliser for a month or so (as they'll be growing new, delicate roots and those can burn with fertiliser) and wait for the magic to happen! πŸ₯³ I've never lost a plant to transplant shock yet!

You've got some beautiful babies there!! πŸ’šπŸ₯° The individual Aloe leaves may or may not root (just so you know), usually a bit of stem is needed to ensure propagation, but it's definitely worth a go! 😎

You get yourself hydrated!! Never mind the plants lol 🀣 and get a good rest and relaxation πŸ₯° thank you for sharing your babies! Xx
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I am so grateful to have all of you that gave information about the ZZ plant I still forget what the whole name is? I will remember it when I get it in my possession. I know that I said that you guys frightened me but the knowledge that you guys gave especially to @PiquantBluehaze plus myself @BorGiKat I am so very grateful for because I am that much wiser and so isn't bluehaze.