Ask the Experts – Issue 19

Question: I bought a pot of Chinese money plant which was growing well initially. Lately, however, the stems of the plant seem to have become ‘loose’. The soil around them can’t hold them straight and they have started to fall around the pot. Is the problem with the plant or is the soil that needs strengthening? The soil is very loose soft peat. -- Mdm Law Swee Hong Answer: The plant is commonly called the ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia). It appears the plant may not have received sufficient sunlight. Although it is an indoor plant, it prefers a location that receives gentle morning sunlight for about 4 to 6 hours. However, it cannot be grown under direct sunlight as the leaves will burn. With sufficient sunlight, the plant should grow more upright. Make sure you water the plant well too, as the plant can grow a little limp if the soil is dry. Ask the Expert team is made up of NParks horticultural and gardening experts. If you have any questions on plants or plant-related subjects, please send your question to Ask the Experts at
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