Zamiokulkas leaves turn yellow and dry. Problems with zamiokulkas and their solution

Zamioculcas is an unpretentious indoor plant popular among amateur flower growers, which is often used by professional designers for landscaping various premises. High decorativeness, undemanding conditions of keeping, resistance to pests, diseases and external factors – these are the main features and advantages of this culture, belonging to the Aroid family. For all its merits, the flower requires attention and care from its owners. You cannot miss the signal for help from the plant, you need to eliminate the problem that has appeared in time. Yellowed leaves can be one of these signals. The reasons for their yellowing are varied, but there are the most basic ones. An urgent need to find out the truth so that the plant can be saved.


The native land of the plant is the tropical climate of Africa and bright sunlight in natural conditions can in no way harm zamiokulkas. The flower is constantly under the scorching rays of the sun and feels great. As a houseplant, at home, where there is no cool breeze, the leaves are exposed to heat from direct sunlight, and sunburns appear on their surface in the form of yellow spots. Typically, such burns are visible only on the side of the sheet that faces the sun. First, the spots are colored in a light yellow shade, then in a deep yellow, and later they turn brown-brown and dry out.

It is impossible to restore the natural color of the leaves after sunburn. As measures to save the plant, it is necessary to cut off all affected parts to the base and rearrange the container with a flower in a penumbra, you can in the middle of the room.

Waterlogging of the soil

Root decay processes signal yellow leaves

An arid climate with a high temperature and a long lack of rainfall is not terrible for a plant, but constantly waterlogged soil in a flower pot is very dangerous. The rhizome of the culture in the form of a succulent tuber with a large supply of moisture begins to rot during long stagnation of water in the pot. The rotting processes of the root system give a signal in the form of yellowing of the leaves. When root rot appears, it is recommended to urgently rid the flower of the old substrate, rinse the roots from the soil, and inspect them. If the root has died completely, then you can save the plant by taking healthy parts as cuttings. In case of partial damage to the roots, it is recommended to remove the rotten parts, and treat the rest with “Fundazol” or charcoal and plant the plant in a new soil mixture and a new container.

In the future, you should pay attention to the frequency and volume of watering. Each subsequent watering should be carried out only after the soil in the pot has dried by about 50-70%. During the dormant period, during the cold season, watering is carried out very rarely and in minimal quantities..

Excess fertilizer

Zamioculcas is a slow-growing plant that requires small amounts of nutrients. Excessive fertilizing will not only not benefit the growth and development of the crop, but also lead to salinization and compaction of the soil in the pot. This will negatively affect the work of the root system of the flower, possibly the appearance of root rot and the death of the plant in the future. Appearing yellowed leaves can signal the occurrence of such a problem..

The main thing that needs to be done urgently is to transplant the flower into a new substrate by examining and processing the underground part of the culture. Top dressing is recommended to be applied in minimal volumes and three times less concentration than recommended in the instructions for the preparation. The most suitable fertilizers for zamiokulkas are nutritional mixtures for succulents and cacti..

Changes associated with the age of the flower

During the period of natural renewal, old leaves fall off, but before falling off they gradually turn yellow

During its life, the indoor flower zamioculcas constantly grows new leaves, but at a certain stage this process stops. An adult mature zamiokulkas should have approximately 16-18 leaves. During the period of natural renewal, old leaves fall off, but before falling off they gradually turn yellow. At this time, no help is required from the florists. You need to worry if shedding leaves is massive.

Natural state

Painstaking and persistent breeders do not stop in their work on what has already been achieved and continue to develop more and more new species and varieties of zamiokulkas. Yellow spots of various shapes and sizes on the leafy part of indoor crops can be the result of their labors. Nowadays, in the course of breeding work, a new form of zamiokulkas has been developed – variegated.

On the surface of the usual rich green leaves, there can be various spots of yellow shades – from light yellow to burning golden. Their shapes and sizes are also very different. It can be a usual small speck or several spots on one leaf. The surface of the lamina may be completely yellow or have a light yellow edging. In some species, the leaf part appears to be splattered with yellow, or the leaf consists of green and yellow halves. In this case, yellowing of the leaves should not cause excitement among the owners of indoor crops..

Zamioculcas – how to properly care for the leaves not to turn yellow (video)