Why Does ZZ Plant Have Drooping Stems?

What is the reason your ZZ plant looking droopy? One of the main reasons for your loved ZZ plant stems to drop is due to excessive watering (something I’m currently experiencing) that can lead to root decay.

Other causes could be due to extremely dry soil or its lighting conditions, the stress of transplants, lack of fertilizer or excessive use and cold stress to mention some.

The ZZ plant is sometimes referred to as Zamioculcas Zamiifolia can endure in conditions of low light however, it grows faster under direct, bright lighting.

Similar to like the Monstera Deliciosa It is a perfect complement to any indoor space with its stunning dark green, Instagram-worthy leaves.

Originating from the eastern part of Africa The slow-growing, easy to care for houseplant is also renowned because of its ability to withstand all forgetful of plant owners. It is often referred to as the non-killable plant. However, sometimes these gorgeous Perky plants begin to appear drab and sad. Sometimes the ZZ plant stalks will fall over and their radiance fades.

It can happen to the most experienced of us, but it’s a blessing that there’s an option to correct it. The first step is to determine what’s causing your stalks to drop and tell that it requires more light and less moisture?

Let’s take a deeper review of the reasons ZZ plants droop, and the best ways to take care of the ZZ plant to bring the beautiful plants back to their shiny and upright green self.

Why is My ZZ Plant Dropping?

ZZ plant stalks falling over is a common problem with these flawless houseplants. There are several reasons for why this issue could be occurring, however when we look at each detail to determine what exactly is causing the problem and why, we’ll hopefully be able to fix the issue. Check out the following reasons:

  • Watering over or under the water
  • Lighting
  • Fertilizer
  • Low temperatures
  • Transplant stress
  • Physical Damage

7 Common Factors for ZZ Plant Stalks Falling Over

If you observe that the ZZ plant’s stems begin to slide, you’ll have to determine the root of the issue. This list provides an extensive overview of the most frequent causes of the stems falling or drooping.

Overwatering is a Common Cause of ZZ Plant Stalks Falling Over

ZZ plant ZZ plants is an succulent plant and derived from its roots, it thrives and grows in semi-arid areas, able to adapt to prolonged periods of dryness and occasional rains.

The Rhizome root system lets the plant retain water. However, it does require time to dry between waterings because the soil that is constantly waterlogged can cause decay and root rot.

What is an water-saturated ZZ plant look like? If you notice your ZZ plant’s stalks falling over The first thing to look into is whether you’ve overwatered your plant. I utilize an instrument to measure the soil’s moisture level to test the soil prior to watering my zz plants again.

If root rot is a problem the plant, it may appear good until the issue gets more severe.

If it is because of overwatering that the plant has a problem the problem, it may be more difficult to correct. If you notice your ZZ plant is becoming yellow, or is falling over and drooping, it is possible to be a suspect of root decay. The ZZ plant’s yellowing leaves as well as soft stems are a typical indication of excessive watering.

Examine the soil. Is it damp? To determine this, be patient until your soil is dry before watering it again. If the issue is serious it may be necessary to think about the possibility of repotting the ZZ plant.

Underwatering Can Cause Drooping

However, over- or under-watering your ZZ can cause it to collapse. While you’ll want the soil of your plant to dry out between waterings, it does not mean that you must allow it to dry out for days at a time.

The watering process can result in your ZZ plant’s stems to drop due to the dehydration. You’ll notice indications of your ZZ plant’s leaves curling inwards, dying and falling. The stems will also drop or drop over.

It is important to check the soil and, If it’s scorched and your leaves are curly and crisp it is recommended to give your plant a good watering. After you have gotten rid of the underwatering issue the plant, it will quickly grow and tall again.

In the majority of instances, a regular irrigation every 7 to 14 days is enough. Be cautious about excessively watering your plants and make sure to use a drainage-friendly pot to avoid the overwatering issues mentioned earlier.

Lighting Problems Can Cause ZZ Plant Stalks to Droop

The much-loved ZZ plant is tolerant of a variety of lighting conditions, but it thrives most in moderate to bright, indirect light. The beautiful plants can withstand bright sunlight in the daytime or even rooms with dull lighting without it being too stressed. But, in extreme conditions your plant could begin to show signs of stress.

If your plant is exposed to excessive sunlight, you might observe that the stalks of your plant are beginning to sag from the light source (or begin to appear like they are drooping).

The leaves could start to curl and drop off, or your ZZ plant’s leaves could change color to yellow. The most effective way to deal with the issue is to move the plant to a more shaded part of your house.

On the other hand, when your ZZ plant is exposed to very low light conditions, it may grow much more slowly, and new growth could be stretched to find an energy source. The result could be stems that appear droopy and arched.

If you wish your stems to be upright, you must place them in an area that gets sunlight from above. A space with inadequate lighting can cause the stems of your plants to become into a droopy appearance. It is possible to move the ZZ plants closer a window , or add a light source to the area with an LED or fluorescent an LED light.


If you’ve ruled out other possible causes for your ZZ plant’s drooping stems you might need a dose of ZZ fertilizer for your plants. It is recommended to fertilize your ZZ’s at a minimum once every 3 months.

If, on the other hand, your ZZ plant’s stalks begin to shrink after fertilization You may want to look at the type and quantity of fertilizer you’re applying. Over – and under-fertilizing could cause a variety of issues and can cause your ZZ plant’s leaves turning yellow, or the stalks beginning to fall over.

Low Temperatures

They thrive at temperatures that are above 18degC (65degF). Temperatures that fall, on average, to below 7 degrees Celsius (45degF) could result in your ZZ plant’s height becoming shortened. The stalks of the plant could eventually break off.

If you suspect that your plant is suffering from low temperatures, move your plant in a warmer area and, depending on the severity, remove any damaged stalks. After a couple of weeks of addressing the stress caused by cold the ZZ plants new growth should begin to emerge.

Transplant Stress – Repotting ZZ Plant

If you are repotting the ZZ plant in larger containers, great attention should be given. Be sure to keep an eye on the plant. The first indications that your plant is suffering from stress from transplant is when its stalks begin to shrink.

One of the main reasons for stalks to fall over following transplantation is the injury to ZZ’s roots in the process of transplantation. The plant that has droopy stems is a clear sign of stress and must be allowed to rest for a while before recovering.

Physical Damage To The Plant

Your ZZ plant stalks that are drooping could also be an indication that something is wrong with the plant. If you have children, pets like cats and dogs, or if you’ve handled your plant with a bit of harshness this could result in damaged stalks, which can result in them falling over.

If you notice that the stalks of your plants have been damaged to the point of irreparable, and the stems appear to be soft, you should make use of a pair sharp garden scissors to remove the damaged areas. This will allow your plant to focus on the new growth.

How do I fix the ZZ Plant that has drooping Stems?

While you can’t find ZZ plants that are as straight. ZZ plant that is as straight as the snake plant however, the stem of the plant generally follows the same pattern that extends from the rhizome straight up into the air. Let’s review of how to help our plants develop straight and straight.

How to Make a ZZ Plant Grow Straight

ZZ plants lean toward the light source. In conditions of low light it is common for the ZZ plant stems crossing each other and resulting in a lopsided appearance.

If your plant is growing in a different direction, just rotate the plant for a quarter each week. This will allow your plant to receive equal sunlight exposure and prevent a crooked appearance.

How Do Plants Stay Upright?

The plants stay upright due to the correct nutrition and an illumination source that is or directly over the plants, or completely around it without favoring one side.

If your plant isn’t staying straight or doesn’t seem to be growing There are a few simple solutions. As mentioned previously, the most commonly cited reason for the stem drooping is due to excessive watering.

ZZ plants are prone to excessive watering and soggy soil. This can cause root damage or rot which deprives the plant of oxygen and nutrients that it requires to grow properly.

A Footnote: Why is My ZZ Plant Drooping?

ZZ plants are one of the most resilient in the world of houseplants. They do not require regular irrigation or a lot of added nutrients, and can thrive in a range of lighting conditions.

If your valued ZZ plant’s stems begin to collapse It’s a clear indication that you’ve got a very unhappy plant. They are usually hardy and low-maintenance, but they are also slow-growing. Some tender care and encouragement can aid your ZZ keep its green waxy color, shape and size.

Let me know if you quickly identify the cause that’s creating any issues for ZZ. ZZ as well as that the following tips can help your beautiful green baby look and feel its best.



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