Why zamiokulkas turns yellow, dry, turns brown? Leaves falling and spreading to the sides? Beware of this error in zamioculcas care!

Zamioculkas is a pot plant that is very beautiful, and at the same time extremely resistant to harsh conditions. However, it happens that the “iron factory” also causes problems. Zamioculcas leaves turn yellow, spots appear on them, and the tips dry up. It also happens that the leaves fall and spread to the sides. There can be several reasons, but the most common reason is a common mistake. Check what you need to pay special attention to in the care of zamiokulkas.


Zamiolkulkas is currently one of the most popular indoor plants. Beauty is behind its success – dark green, shiny leaves will decorate any interior, and the strong “architectural” structure suits modern spaces, but also looks great in more traditional arrangements. But the fact that zamiokulas is a real hit speaks for itself ease of cultivation this grow. Zamiokulkas tolerates a lack of water and light, variable air humidity and practically does not need care. However, it happens that zamioculcas leaves start to turn yellow or brown spots appear on them, and sometimes the tips of the shoots dry up. Foliage may also appear limp and splayed to the side. Why is this happening? It turns out that zamiokulkas forgives many mistakes in cultivation, but not all.

Check: How to grow zamiokulkas and what conditions to provide it

One of the absolutely basic and at the same time serious mistakes in the cultivation of this plant is excess water. This is the main reason why zamioculcas leaves turn yellow. Most often, older leaves react this way, but younger ones can also (if they appear at all). Zamioculcas stores water in fleshy leaves and underground rhizomes (which are transformed stems). Therefore, it is necessary to water them rarely, only when part of the substrate dries. Then, however, you need to water them “full”, so that the water overflows through the substrate. But let’s not leave him on the pedestal! It needs to be poured out. How often to water zamiokulkas? Even once every 2-3 weeks, and less often in winter.

If you rarely water the plant, but its leaves turn yellow, soil can be a problemwhich holds water too well. This is a valuable advantage for many plants, but not zamiokulkas. They should not grow in ordinary flower soil. The substrate must be more permeable. Just mix the soil with sand or better perlite. You can also buy special soil for succulents. It happens that young plants are grown and sold in peat soil – after purchase, they should be transplanted to a more permeable onebecause over time problems will arise.

It should also be borne in mind that there must be drainage at the bottom of the pot, i.e. a layer of expanded clay balls. There is also a drainage hole in the pot. Let’s pay attention to that, because we are often tempted by beautiful cases that don’t have that. Growing Zamioculcas in such pots is a big challenge.

Attention: if zamiokulkas is in good conditions and a single old leaf turns yellow, and otherwise the plant looks good, this can be a completely normal phenomenon related to its age.

It happens that the tip of zamioculcas leaves withers. This also results from keeping the soil too wet. It can also be related to too little light. In winter, both causes often occur together.

If our zamiokukas turns yellow, definitely:

  • let’s water it less often,
  • let’s see what kind of country he has,
  • let’s check if there is a drain in the pot,
  • transplant to a suitable substrate and container if necessary.

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