Caitlyn Jones
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About Me
  • Birthday August 12th, 1994
  • Country United States
  • Interests
    sun, exercise, friends, cats, plants, knowledge
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  • Concerning Stems
    This is showing up on a few of the stems on my ZZ Plant. Is this root rot, or from pests?? 
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      Pei [291426,jenna] is a ZZ expert. Maybe she can help!
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      Caitlyn Jones [288486,PlntNrd] the areas were not quite mushy, but definitely a weaker consistency than the rest of the stems. I typically give this plant a splash of water (probably 1/4 cup or less, but I haven’t been measuring) once every other week. I am new-ish to being a plant owner, so I haven’t experienced root rot yet or know exactly what it looks like. I unpotted and cleaned off the roots to check them out. I didn’t see any obvious signs of rotting (to my naive eyes, let me know if I’m missing something in the picture). So I separated the 3 questionable stems and repotted the rest of the plant with clean soil. I put the questionable ones in a separate small pot to see if they can recover. I had no idea about the water getting on the stems/leaves though! Than you for that tip!
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      PlntNrd Are those areas soft and/or mushy? Is yes, then it is rot. That’s what it look like from the pic. That pot doesn’t have drainage and ZZ plants do not need much water, so I would suspect that it may be overwatered. How much and how often have you been watering it? I have the same plant in the same pot and I only water a small amount twice a month. Every environment and home is different, so yours may need more or less, but if you’re watering a large amount and very often you may want to change that. At this point, since there are already signs of rot, you might want to unpot, check to see if the rhizomes are rotted, remove affected stems/areas and repot in fresh, clean, dry soil. I also see water droplets on the stems in the pic, when watering you may want to just wet the soil and not the plant itself. Getting water on the stems or leaves can cause issues with rot, mold, etc and ZZ plants are considered to be succulents and should be treated as such. Good luck.
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  • New Money Tree Not Thriving
    I just received this money tree from the sill about a week and a half ago. I re-potted from the plastic pot to this larger planter. I think there was a small amount of damage to the plant during shipment, but it has progressively gotten worse at home. Many of the leaves are starting to thin and turn a yellow/brown color. Most leaves are still soft, but a few have turned almost crunchy, like they are dried out. Probably 5-8 leaves have dropped off the plant as well. 
    I was intentionally trying not to over water, so I have only given it a small amount of water once after re-potting (Monday), and once over the weekend. I was concerned it wasn't getting enough direct light, so I have started setting it outside for a few hours a day, and I have moved its home to a window sill for more light (this sill has mostly indirect sunlight). 

    Any thoughts on what could be causing this leaf degeneration?

    I can see some new buds sprouting from the stem that are still green, and I want them to survive!

    Many thanks!
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      Pei Hi [294024,Caitlyn Jones] Plants don't like to be move constantly - they will need to reacclimate to a new spot every time and it's stressful to them. A few feet might not seem much a difference to you, but to plants are huge. Also do you live somewhere that's above 55F? If not, your plant might have cold damaged from when you put it outside.

      Overall, your plant looks super thirsty and suffer low humidity as well. I will suggest to put it in a bright-lit spot and let it settle in with proper care!
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      Caitlyn Jones Here is how the plant was received. Looks like some physical damage, but still completely green.
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