How To Save ZZ Plant From Root Rot

Written by Ivy

Dec 01 2021

How To Save ZZ Plant From Root Rot
ZZ plant is easy to root rot, but it is also easy to care for. As long as the method is right, replanting will soon grow new leaves and become a healthy new ZZ plant. Some people say that the roots of ZZ plant are hard to deal with. They will root rot again. The main reason is that the treatment method is wrong. Today, let's take a look at the detailed treatment steps of ZZ plant root rot, hoping to help friends who like ZZ plant.

Turn the pot in time

In the absence of frostbite and obvious diseases in ZZ plant, the long spots on the leaves (yellowing at the leaf tip and edge first and then turning brown) or yellowing (yellowing from the leaf tip) are basically caused by too much watering and rotten roots. It is necessary to turn the pot in time and do not wait. The worse the situation is, the more troublesome it is to deal with the root rot. When all the leaves of ZZ plant have problems, the tubers are almost rotten and terminally ill. There is little possibility of resurrection. It's like a person's illness. If a minor illness is not cured, it becomes a serious illness, and then it's over.

Clean the Root Rot part of ZZ plant

How To Save ZZ Plant From Root Rot
When turning over the basin of ZZ plant root rot, be sure to clean up the rotten part. Don't be reluctant to clean up here and there, leaving some rotten dead corners. It will rot in a large area in less than ten days. When cleaning the rotten part, you should be ruthless. For example, if a place is rotten, you should completely remove it from a healthy place one or two centimeters away from the wound. Some places look as if they are not rotten. In fact, they have been infected by bacteria. You can't do without cutting them off. (Read more about ZZ Plant.)

ZZ plant cutting treatment

After cleaning the ZZ plant root rot, we should treat the wound to heal as soon as possible and prevent infection. First, soak the root with bactericide solution such as Carbendazim and potassium permanganate for 15 to 20 minutes (without bactericide, you can apply plant ash on the wound, and the plant ash does not directly jump to the second step to dry the wound), and then put it in a cool and ventilated place to dry the wound, subject to the wound becoming dry and free of juice and water stains. Such a ZZ plant is not easy to be infected by bacteria and rot again after planting. If the wound is not treated and planted directly, it is better to let it die directly without treatment.

Later planting and maintenance

ZZ plant that has treated the wound should be replanted with new healthy soil. The original soil can not be used directly. If you want to use the original flower pot, you'd better disinfect it. It can be exposed to the sun or cleaned with disinfectant solution. Do not water immediately after planting ZZ plant, compress the root soil, place it in a cool and ventilated place for curing for two or three days, then pour a permeable place, continue to cool and ventilated place for recovery. During this period, foliage and surrounding spray are not allowed to be watered. Watering immediately after planting will increase the possibility of root rot again, so don't water it first, dry it for a few days, and then water the fixed root water. If the root rot of ZZ plant is not serious, the leaves will gradually harden and start to shine in about 15 days. This is the performance that they have been served in pots and can enter normal maintenance. If the old leaves of ZZ plant are seriously damaged during replanting, don't worry. After survival, cut off the bad leaves. As long as the temperature is appropriate and thin fertilizer is applied frequently, new buds will grow soon.


The reason why many ZZ plants with rotten roots were not rescued was that the roots were too rotten. The rotten ones are not serious, and most of them are caused by the root rot again without stopping watering. ZZ plant likes the environment with high air humidity, but is afraid of the environment where the basin soil is too wet, so we should be very careful when watering. Don't let ZZ plant die in the rotten soil!
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