Dividing ZZ plant

How to Divide ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia video)

Is your ZZ plant or Zamioculcas zamiifolia looking overcrowded? It’s bursting in its pot, you can literally see the lumps sticking out of the pot!  And there are a lot of roots coming out of the drainage holes. If you are seeing this, that means your ZZ plant is overcrowded and it is definitely time to divide and repot your ZZ plant. Below is a step by step tutorial on how to divide your ZZ Plant. I also have a video of how to divide ZZ Plant if you prefer to watch it.

Dividing ZZ plant
Dividing ZZ plant

How to Divide ZZ Plant Video

How to Divide ZZ Plant

How to Divide ZZ Plants

1. Remove ZZ Plant from its Pot

It’s pretty straightforward to divide ZZ plants. First, remove the ZZ plant from its pot. It’s easier to do this if you have a small ZZ plant. It’s hard to remove large ZZ plants from their pot. In my case, my ZZ plant is bursting so it was really hard to pull it out of the pot. It was almost impossible to remove the overcrowded ZZ plant. The only way I could remove the plant from its pot was to cut the pot with a scissor.  

Removing ZZ Plant from its pot
Removing ZZ Plant from its pot

2. Divide the ZZ Plant

After removing the ZZ plant from its pot, I visually inspected my ZZ plant for natural division points. Each division should have sufficient leaves, stems, tubers, and roots. I wanted to get 3 plants out of this one plant. I started pulling apart the ZZ plant.

Dividing ZZ plant
Dividing ZZ plant

Don’t be scared, it will feel like you are ripping your plant apart but as long as you give each division enough leaves, stems, tubers and roots it will survive. This is the most difficult part of the entire process. Sometimes, you may have to cut the tubers in half if that’s the only way to divide it.

3. Plant Each ZZ Plant Division 

I managed to separate my ZZ plant into three plants. As you can see, each division has enough leaves, stems, tubers, and roots. I planted each division into its own pot. Make sure you don’t plant your ZZ plant too deep. You should be able to see the tubers, don’t cover the tubers entirely with soil. I used a well-draining, organic potting mix for my ZZ plant. And make sure your plant them in pots with drainage holes.

ZZ Plant post division
ZZ Plants post division

4. Water your ZZ Plant

After planting each ZZ plant, water each plant. Then keep them in an area with bright, indirect light. 

Watering ZZ Plant
Watering ZZ Plant

ZZ Plant is Toxic to Humans and Pets

One thing you should know before dividing your ZZ plant is that it is toxic to humans and pets. ZZ plants contain calcium oxalate. Chewing on the leaves and stems can cause vomiting and difficulty breathing. It can also result in swelling of lips, tongue, and mouth and excessive drooling. I suggest being safe when you are handling your ZZ plant. Wear gloves. Don’t touch your eyes and mouth. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling your ZZ plant. 

Here are my ZZ plants 1 week later. They look happy and healthy.

Dividing ZZ plant
My ZZ plant one week after division

Check out my ZZ Plant Guides

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How to Divide ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia video)

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