How to transplant zamiokulkas into a pot or flowerpot after purchase?

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Zamioculcas transplantation is perhaps the only care measure that can cause some difficulties for an inexperienced grower. For the successful development of a plant, not only the timing, frequency and method of transplantation are important, it even matters in which pot to transplant Zamioculcas, what size, shape and what material it should be. Let’s consider these questions in more detail.

The flower grows and develops quite slowly, so it does not require frequent transplants. Young specimens are transplanted annually, while mature ones – only if necessary, usually once every 2-4 years, after the roots fill the entire space of the flowerpot. Zamioculcas does not tolerate damage to the root system, so it is better to transfer it without touching the earthen clod and filling only the free space of the container with fresh substrate. The rhizome itself is recommended not to be completely immersed in the ground, so that its upper part remains on the surface of the soil.

What size pot is needed for zamiokulkas?

Zamioculcas in a pot in the photo

When transplanting zamiokulkas, the size of the pot should be only a few centimeters larger than the previous one. A flower placed in a too spacious pot does not grow until its roots have mastered the entire volume of the substrate, and only after they reach the edge of the pot does the intensive development of the ground part begin.

In addition, an excessive amount of soil can provoke waterlogging of the root system during irrigation, which is the main cause of plant diseases. The shape of the Zamioculcas pot is also important. A shape with a narrowed top does not suit him, since the rhizome of the succulent increases significantly in volume, and it will be problematic to get it out of such a dish at the next transplant.

It is better to choose a low and wide flowerpot with a diameter slightly larger than the size of the transplanted tuber. And, finally, a mandatory requirement for the container is the presence of a drainage hole to remove excess moisture, and a good drainage layer at its bottom.

To the question of which pot is needed for zamiokulkas, clay or plastic, it is not easy to give a definite answer. On the one hand, strong growth of the rhizome can lead to deformation and even damage to the plastic container, and on the other hand, in a ceramic pot, in this case, the plant will simply die from lack of space.

With overgrown tubers , it is almost impossible to get them out of the container, and if in such a situation a plastic pot can simply be cut, then the clay one will have to be broken, which will inevitably lead to damage to the root system of the flower. Such a plant will recover for a long time, and may even die. Thus, most experts agree that plastic dishes are still preferable for planting a flower.

Zamioculcas transplant after purchase

Zamiokulkas transplant in the photo

It is best to transplant plants in the warm season, in spring or summer, while they should not be in a flowering state. This rule does not apply to transplantation after purchase. Zamioculcas, purchased at the store, is transplanted from the shipping container 2-3 weeks after it has acclimatized to the new conditions.

And if the flower is brought from abroad, then it is better to do it even earlier, before the first watering. This recommendation is due to the peculiarities of the transport soil in which imported plants are placed. It does not absorb ordinary water, sticks to the roots and prevents the absorption of nutrients by them, thus causing rotting of the root system. Some flower growers advise to completely remove such a substrate from the roots by washing them under a stream of warm water.

Since it is necessary to transplant zamiokulkas purchased at the store in any case, this is done not only regardless of the time of year, but even in a flowering state. Of course, after transplanting, the buds will most likely fall off, but the plant will not waste energy on flowering and will take root easier.

By following the above recommendations, it is possible to transplant Zamioculcas successfully and without negative consequences, ensuring its further growth and development.

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