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crazyplantlady35
May 6, 2020 11:24 AM CST
Hi everyone! My zebra plant was doing great until 2 days ago its leaves started dropping. And then they started to severely droop and the stem is now soft and is now bent! I did nothing different and am now extremely lost as to how to save it!
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 6, 2020 11:35 AM CST
Hi crazyplantlady35, Welcome!

Can you post a photo of your plant? There are a few different plants with the common name of "Zebra Plant", some are desert like while others are tropical rain forest type plants. To offer advice, it will help knowing exactly which plant we are talking about. The cause may be a watering issue, especially if the main stem is soft and bending but a photo will help determine what is going on.
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crazyplantlady35
May 6, 2020 11:46 AM CST
Sure !
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Procrastinator Birds Butterflies Bee Lover Hummingbirder Container Gardener
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plantladylin
May 6, 2020 12:16 PM CST
Ok, your plant is the Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)



It's a plant that I grew a few years ago and they can be quite temperamental and difficult to keep happy and healthy. They are used to very humid conditions of a tropical rain forest. You can increase humidity around the plant by placing it on a tray of moist pebbles and replenishing the water in the pebble tray as it evaporates.

Too much or too little water will cause lower leaves to drop. The pot your plant is growing in may be a bit larger than necessary and the soil appears extremely dry (terra cotta dries out quite quickly compared to plastic) so I'd suggest giving it a thorough watering, allowing the water to soak the soil and then let it drain. Place it in a warm location with good air circulation and very bright light but no direct sun. The soil should be kept barely moist at all times but not soaking wet.

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crazyplantlady35
May 6, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Just wanted to share some good news! I ended up taking it out and giving it some fresh soil and gave it a quick dip in some water and now it's doing better! Still on the road to recovery though ! Crossing Fingers! Thank You!
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