All about transplanting Zamioculcas (dollar tree) with step-by-step photos
The dollar tree (in the scientific community called “zamiokulkas”) has recently gained popularity and has become an excellent decoration of many home and office interiors. Zamiokulkas is very unpretentious in care, which is an unspeakable joy for a beginner in the gardening topic, so let's figure out how to properly transplant a plant
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Determine if Zamioculcas need a transplant?
We all understand that transplanting is always a stress for a plant, so it is important to be able to determine whether it is needed in practice, as it may seem.
- The dollar tree, in principle, grows very slowly, so you do not need to expose it to unnecessary tests. Zamioculcas should be transplanted for the first time immediately after purchase - The soil used by sellers rarely contains useful minerals and serves only as a temporary refuge for the flower. In fact, it is a transport substrate unsuitable for life.
- A young plant (and this is approximately the first 3-5 years) is usually transplanted once a year, according to the development of its root system. For an adult flower, the flowerpot is changed approximately every three years.
- If you see that the roots of the dollar tree filled the entire volume of the pot and began to build up a moisture-retaining tuber, this is a signal about the need for a transplant. Overgrown roots can often deform the pot, but this is quite extreme.
When to transplant a dollar tree?
If you just bought Zamioculcas, then this question should not be raised at all. It should be transplanted in about two weeks, when the flower adapts to the new climate. But if your plant has already settled down and found a place in the house, then change the pot in spring or summer - in the warm season.
It is advisable to wait until the flowering period ends, but not in the case of a young plant. Remember that the more often you transplant a dollar tree, the more actively it grows.
Transplant after purchase: are there any features?
A new climate, watering conditions and even lighting - all this can leave an imprint on the plant.
That’s why you should not rush with a transplant after a purchase - give Zamioculcas a couple of weeks for acclimatization. The most important thing is not to forget about it, plunging into everyday worries, because an African friend will not survive in a store container.
As mentioned above, most often Zamioculcas is transported to Russia from other countries. To do this, it is planted not in soil fertilized with minerals, but in special containers filled with a special substrate. There are no nutrients in it, and accordingly, there can be no development.
Attention! The dollar tree pleases the eye at any age. It lives for a relatively long time (5-10 years), so they often buy it in an already adult state. And the main fear when buying a flowering plant is the fear of losing all its beauty. Disappoint right away: if you risk transplanting Zamioculcas during the flowering period, then it will definitely drop flowers. Such stress will not pass for him painlessly, and he will try to adapt.
Which pot to choose?
The choice of flowerpot is an important question, because it is the plant comfort and development of its root system that depend on it. If the time has come for a transplant, then do not take sharp steps, but buy a pot just a couple of centimeters larger than the previous diameter.
Keep in mind! An oversized flowerpot will slow down the growth of leaves and the entire superficial part of the zamioculcus, because the terrestrial part of the flower begins to develop only after the root system grows and the entire volume of the substrate is assimilated.
The tree is very demanding on the shape of the pot. An ideal option would be a wide flowerpot with a narrowed lower part.
The flowerpot should have openings on the bottom through which excess fluid can escape during irrigation.
There is no clear advice on material, because there are always risks.
Plastic containers easily transform under the influence of roots, and clay flowerpots can limit development and lead to the death of the tree. When choosing a lesser evil, stop, of course, on plastic - it can easily be cut and replaced. Ceramics will not be so easy to handle.
There is no particular dilemma with the ground.
In the natural environment, zamioculcas grows on mountain plateaus, so experts have found that dollar tree feels best in the most light and loose soilwhere air easily penetrates.
Such land provides roots with moisture and, no less important, oxygen.
When choosing soil, pay attention to its components. It will be great if the soil turns out to be well-fed initially, but in the opposite case, you yourself can make a mixture of sand, sheet (or turf) earth, as well as peat. Humus will bring considerable benefit - with it the plant will grow more actively.
Mixing the earth yourself is not necessary. You can always buy ready-made soil mixtures, choosing those that are designed for cacti or succulents. However, experienced gardeners advise adding expanded clay or perlite to the purchased soil - with it the flower will grow more actively.
How to transplant at home?
Timely transplantation of a dollar tree is the key to its health and beauty. We have already learned how to determine the need for changing the flowerpot, and now let's reveal the remaining secrets of success and consider the process step by step.
- Zamioculcas transplant specialists give a completely different name - transshipment. This is the name of the optimal technique with which you will not damage either the root or leaf system.
- For transshipment, you must either cut the container or carefully break it (if the pot is clay). Zamioculcas itself is best sent to the root solution during the preparation of a new pot.
- Prepare the drainage: pour expanded clay at the bottom of the flowerpot, filling in about three centimeters from the volume. The rest remains on the share of soil, but it is not necessary to pour it out immediately. Cover the drain with a small layer and place a dollar tree on it.
- The final step will be the transfer of soil residues into the pot - fill the entire space with soil and tamp a little. You don’t have to water the flower - Zamioculcas does not like excess moisture.
Step-by-step process photos
Caring for zamioculcas is very simple for one reason: he does not like special attention. It is worth choosing a place for it in accordance with the lighting: it requires diffused light, which is most often found on the windowsill from the western or eastern side, but the plant cannot stand direct sunlight, it can get burned. If you decide to put the pot on the south side, shading is necessary.
From the point of view of Feng Shui, Zamioculcos should be placed in the southeastern sector, where it activates the energy of wealth.
Watering is often not worth it; water is required only after the soil has dried. A flower loves warmth and dryness! With excessive watering or lack of sunlight, the money tree can get sick - and here it will be hard.
Reference! Your plant needs to be fed from time to time, the younger the plant, the more often it is needed. In the first year, experts advise feeding Zamioculcas once every two weeks, later - once a year (late spring or summer). Mixtures for succulents are always suitable as fertilizers.
How to plant a flower?
Zamioculcas can be propagated using feathers or leaves.
It often happens that a leaf that has fallen on its own already has a formed tuber - and this is real luck.
It remains only to plant it in the soil and wait for the formation of the root system. The process does not depend on the person and, in fact, does not require anything.
If there is no fallen leaf with a tuber, then separate it from the bush, dry it a bit (day 4), and then plant it in the sandy soil. The process will accelerate if you select the largest sheet. It will not be difficult to care for him, the main thing is watering.
If your money tree does not grow, this does not mean that you need to water it more often!
The biggest mistake of the newcomers is that they flood Zamioculcas, and for the “African” it is much worse than the drought.
He needs water only after he completely absorbs the already existing, so always wait until the soil has completely dried. As for the quantity, there should be enough liquid to permeate the earth throughout its depth.
The dollar tree is an extremely hardy plant. It is unpretentious and persistent, so even pests are not particularly afraid of him.
The only threat of zamiokulkas is a persistent host and inept care. Try not to overfill the plant, not to injure its root system and not to forget about feeding. So you get the most beautiful flower!
Yellow leaves: what's the problem?
And who said yellow leaves are a problem? Know: early to conclude that the plant is sick.
Zamioculcas grows slowly, and some of its leaves have time to grow old, yellow and fall.
In their place, new sprouts necessarily appear, and you can only worry if this does not happen. Leaves may turn yellow due to:
- Sudden temperature changes;
- Low moisture;
Determine the cause and eliminate it as soon as possible. A healthy plant will delight you with its foliage all year round if you take care of it in a timely manner!
Learn more about Zamioculcas transplantation from the video below: