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Questions About Zebra Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
October 31, 2011

Q. Haworthia Attenuata (Zebra Plant)

How do you take care of a zebra plant? It’s getting light sun. Water weekly. But it is looking bad. What am I doing wrong?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 1, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

This plant will flourish best when it’s given a supply of bright indirect sunlight or part shade. With watering, too much or too little can quickly cause the leaves to drop. Water when the top of the soil has just started to feel dry. Less water is needed during the winter. You may also want to mist the plant regularly. Zebra plant needs to be feed weekly with water soluble plant food and requires rich, well-draining soil. They also prefer temperatures above 60º F.

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Asked by
lolita on
May 27, 2012

Q. calathea

I have a calathea zebra plant and it’s doing well. In spring it produces small white flowers. My question is, why at night the leaves turn upwards?

Answered by
Heather on
May 28, 2012
Certified Expert
A.

Many plants have a natural reaction that allows them to take advantage of their environment. This plant likely turns its leave upwards at night to help with water collection in its natural environment. Dew would settle on the leaves and because they are more upright, that dew would run down into the root area of the plant. Then the leaves lay back flat to collect energy from the sun. It is normal and happens with many plants.

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Asked by
Klvm on
June 18, 2012

Q. Zebra plant lost all leaves

I bought a little zebra plant and it has slowly lost all its leaves. They had gone brown on the tips. There is one tiny new leaf at the top of the stem. The stem seems to be in fine condition. I am wondering if there is any hope left for this plant? Will leaves grow back?

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
June 25, 2012
A.

Zebra plant is a common name used for 2 very different types of plant One is a succulent of the Haworthia clan, usually quite small when you buy it, with long fleshy leaves pointed at the end. The second is a flat-leaf plant from the aphelandra species. The succulent needs to have its soil well dried out between waterings, though not completely bone dry; the leafy plant wants to stay "evenly moist", but not soaked. Move your stem to a spot in your house with more light, try to adjust the moisture per above, and watch for spider mites - they especially like aphelandra, and could also cause all the leaves to drop.

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Asked by
debster61 on
July 27, 2015

Q. zebra plant leaves browning and falling off

Zebra houseplant leaves are turning brown and falling off.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 27, 2015
Certified Expert
A.

A common problem with Zebra plants is overwatering.

Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zebra-plant/zebra-houseplant-care.htm

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Asked by
fosterdenise on
January 28, 2016

Q. Zebra plant

My plant has this white powdery looking dust on it. Why is it there, and what can I do?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
January 29, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

From this description I would say it could be Powdery Mildew or Mealybug.

Mealybug is common on houseplants and can be treated.

Lightly wash the leaves and apply Neem Oil. Neem Oil works as both an insecticide and fungicide, it is also safe for people and pets.

Here are some links to help you.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zebra-plant/zebra-houseplant-care.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/powdery-mildew-treatment.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/mealybugs-control.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Mdriverc on
March 26, 2016

Q. Zebra plant

I found this article maybe too late, but my zebra plant has lost all leaves and has died almost all the way down the stalk. Is there any way to save it? There looks like two new plants growing off to the side, is this possibly new zebra plants?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 28, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

It's possible those are germinated seeds from the plant.

It does appear that your plant had died.
Here is a link to refresh you on the care requirements should you choose to try growing another Zebra Plant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/calathea-plants/calathea-zebra-houseplant.htm

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Asked by
ninadental71 on
May 30, 2017

Q. Zebra Plant

My Zebra Plant has grown very tall but is not lush is there any way I can get more leaves to grow?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 30, 2017
Certified Expert
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You can cut the plant down and propagate the cutting.

Propagation: Take 3-inch (7.5 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Cut the stem just below a node -- the place where a leaf is attached to the main stem. Dip cut ends in rooting hormone powder then insert them in seed starting mix or perlite. Enclose the potted cuttings in clear plastic or use a glass cloche to hold in humidity. Set the covered cuttings where they'll get indirect light. Water when the potting medium appears to dry out. After 3 weeks, you can remove the covering. Gradually expose the cuttings to more light. You should see new growth in about 6 weeks.
There is no way to grow new leaves at the base of the plant.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/zebra-plant/zebra-houseplant-care.htm

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