Ask a Question forum: Zebra plant, will the leaves ever grow back?

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Nov 15, 2016 4:09 PM CST
So I am a new plant owner, I got my first ones this summer. They seem to be managing okay except for my zebra plant... It did wonderful this summer and I got it to have to blooms on it. However, I accidentally let it dry out. Now it's started to drop its bottom leaves... I'm wondering if they will ever grow back or will it look like a palm tree from now on? Sad it was so pretty and getting a good size, I am so mad at myself for letting it dry out!
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Also another side question, does my aloe look okay to you guys? The leaves bend down, but to me it just looks like that happened because they were heavy? I know there's a thin looking spot in one of its leaves, I let it get sun burnt this summer and that spot hasn't recovered yet.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Nov 15, 2016 6:28 PM CST

I don't know much about Zebra plants but your plant actually looks pretty good.

The Aloe might be getting too much water and too little light. Although full sun will burn it, bright light is still required.
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Name: Will Creed
Professional indoor plant consultan
Nov 15, 2016 7:56 PM CST
New growth on Aphelandras is at the top ends of the stems and not below. So, the lower leaves will not be replaced. This plant tends to get leggy anyway. The solution is to cut the stem back as far as you can stand. New growth will come in on the stem just below the pruning cut. Pruning is the only way to eliminate the leggy stem.
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