Tropical zamioculcas can be grown here, propagation is surprisingly easy

Zamiokulkas is a plant native to the tropics. However, it has low cultivation requirements and is thus a popular plant. It flowers relatively infrequently, and has dark green leaves all year round. It also has valuable properties for oxygen production. It is an ideal flower for the bedroom or office.

Use only healthy plants for propagation

The seedlings you take from diseased plants will not be healthy. The young plants will have the same characteristics as the mother plant. The flower can be propagated in several ways:

  • from leaf cuttings
  • from apical cuttings
  • by dividing the plant

The first option is the most common. One or two leaves need to be removed. Dip the leaf you want to propagate into the root plug first, then plant in soil. Keep the substrate moist. Do not place the pot in direct sunlight. Root development can take up to 12 months, so be patient.


You can use whole leaf stems as cuttings. Put these in a container of warm water, as with the first option, do not put in direct sunlight. The room should be consistently warm. Change the water daily so that mould does not form. After a few months, you can transplant the zamioculkas into a conventional pot.

You can propagate a large plant by dividing it into several parts. Plant the zamioculcas only rarely. The plant prefers a spot in the pot where it will do best. Repot when you see the roots growing over the edge of the pot. You can repot in March or April, but it won’t be a problem in summer either.

Step by step repotting, don’t make a mistake

Keep your new pot ready. It should be bigger than the existing one. Attention should be paid to drainage. Check the roots, remove rotten ones so that the fungus does not attack other parts of the plant. If the flower is large, you can now divide it and put it in separate pots. After repotting, water the flower well.

Like any flower, zamioculcas can be attacked by pests. The most common are fungi and aphids. Poor watering, high temperatures or poor placement can harm the plant. This can result in leaf spotting, wilting or slow growth of the flower. Too much water will cause browning of the leaves.