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Flaring zamioculcas


Question: Zamioculcas flaring


I have a zamioculcas that has grown a lot and since I don't have much space in the house I would like to make different plants. Is it possible to divide the roots and replant them? when could i do it?

Answer: zamioculcas flaring


Dear Michela,
the zamie are plants with tuberous root system, in essence it produces roots similar to large roundish potatoes, with few filamentous roots around them; you can propagate your zamia divide the tufts of tubers that you find in the vase. This operation can be carried out at any time of the year, although it would be better at the end of winter and at the end of summer.
Proceed by extracting the plant from the pot, and separating the various tubers present in it; in fact in general in a single pot of zamia it is hardly present a single plant, more often we find several neighboring tubers.
When separating the tubers, be careful not to damage them or break them, and try to leave each tuber at least a couple of large, long, elongated roots.
Once the tubers have been separated and cleaned, you can repot them individually, for a better aesthetic effect generally 2-4 tubers are placed in the same vase, also because the zamias do not like to find so much space available for their roots.
Use a very well drained soil for repotting, you can also prepare it by mixing some universal sand or pumice stone to increase drainage.
Immediately after repotting, wait at least 3-4 days before watering.
Zamie are not plants that are difficult to keep; on the contrary, they generally survive luxuriantly even in not perfectly ideal conditions; in nature they develop in Central and South America, where they are used to a constantly hot climate, with a variable humidity depending on the species, but often very high. Despite this, the succulent stems and fleshy leaves resist without problems even to the most intense and prolonged drought, and therefore develop very well even in the apartment, where the air is always decidedly humid.
They are grown in fairly small pots, with a good drained soil, in a semi-shaded area, that is bright but without direct sunlight, which can burn the leaves. Watering is more intense in spring and summer, sporadic in the other months of the year, to be provided only when the soil is dry. These evergreen plants, although they love humidity, prefer well-ventilated areas of the house and survive even in dry conditions; to avoid rotting in the pots, it is therefore convenient to water once less, rather than once too often. Every 12-15 days a fertilizer for green plants is mixed with the water, not too rich in nitrogen, from March to September.