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California (Zone 10a)
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Idontknowatall
Jun 13, 2020 1:11 PM CST
Help! I've had this zebra plant for almost two weeks now, and each day it's drooping more. I water it when the surface of the soil feels dry and I have it in bright indirect light by a window. I've been misting it since it likes humidity, but then I found that it doesn't like wet leaves, so I stopped two days ago, and it's still getting worse! It was nice and healthy when it came. Does anyone know how I can revive it? Any help would be appreciated!
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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Macrocentra
Jun 13, 2020 7:05 PM CST
When these guys are drooping, they usually want more water. When you water, give them a good thorough drink, then wait till the soil is almost dry before watering again.
Misting is good to help with humidity. I still mist mine twice a day, as my house gets quite dry (though I usually mist upward toward the undersides of the leaves). I also have a humidity tray under it.

Does the pot have drainage? Do you poke a finger a few inches into the soil to see how the soil moisture is before watering?
California (Zone 10a)
Lilies
Idontknowatall
Jun 13, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Yes, the pot has drainage. It's a nursery pot that came with soil, so I've never had to repot it or make a soil mix. Could there be a problem with drainage? The soil through the drainage holes are dry.

I used to poke a finger in with my other plants but after I got some experience I just hold up the pot to see its weight now since a watered pot is way heavier than a dry pot. For my zebra plant, I water when it feels lighter.
Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Macrocentra
Jun 14, 2020 10:14 AM CST
What kind of soil is it growing in?
Ideally you want something that can hold a bit more water, as zebra plants like moisture.

Given you have drainage holes in the pot, I'd give it some more water. Till water starts coming out of the drainage holes. Make sure the water is soaking nicely into the soil and not running down the inside of the pot too quick. That should help perk it back up. Smiling

I find out of all my foliage plants, my zebra plant tends to be the thirstiest.
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California (Zone 10a)
Lilies
Idontknowatall
Jun 14, 2020 11:32 AM CST
I'm not sure what kind of soil it's growing in since my order came with soil in the pot. Maybe it's a commercial potting mix? The soil is dark brown with a little perlite mixed in. I'm pretty sure the soil holds moisture because every time I pick it up the soil in the pot is heavier than that of my other plants.

I gave it some water last night and this morning it's perking up! It didn't take a lot of water for it to come out of the drainage holes though. The water dripped out almost right away. But I think the water soaked into the soil because the soil was considerably heavier than before the watering.

How often do you water your zebra plants? In the future, should I wait for it to wilt a bit before watering? (That's how I determine when to water my peace lily)
Thank you!
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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
Cactus and Succulents Sempervivums Bromeliad Tropicals Aroids Hibiscus
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Macrocentra
Jun 14, 2020 11:13 PM CST
It's already looking much happier. Thumbs up
That should solve the problem.

Sounds like the soil should be fine. Mine's in a tropical potting soil with extra perlite added.
I typically water mine every few days. However, my house has terrible air circulation and gets really dry, so my plants tend to dry out pretty quick. Occasionally mine starts to wilt, telling me I waited a day too long, and it perks right back up as soon as it's watered again.
I wouldn't necessarily wait till it droops. I aim to water mine when the top ~2" of soil is aaaaalmost dry. I avoid letting it dry out completely. However, if it does droop, then definitely time for a watering.
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Jun 15, 2020 8:52 AM CST
I suggest that you water it as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry to your touch or just before the leaves start to wilt, whichever comes first.
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California (Zone 10a)
Lilies
Idontknowatall
Jun 15, 2020 11:55 AM CST
Got it! Thank you both!

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