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Why are the leaves on my Zebra plant crispy?

Crispy leaves on your Zebra Plant’s otherwise boldly striped leaves can be an indicator of low humidity, temperature fluctuations, too much light, or prolonged dryness.


Your Zebra plant prefers a humid environment. Try misting regularly, adding a pebble tray, or placing a humidifier nearby.


Dry spots or dry leaf edges can also happen from constant temperature fluctuations like heaters or A/C. Make sure your plant is not in a drafty area, or in the direct path of any open vents.


Zebra plants thrive bright, but indirect light. Prolonged exposure to direct light can cause the foliage to burn, turning the leaves a pale bleached color. Bright indirect light can be found in places close to an east-facing window or a few feet back from an unobstructed southern or western window.


These plants tend to be a bit dramatic with droopy leaves when left dry too long. Continued periods of drought can also cause the foliage to crisp up. Keep the soil moist and water when the top 25% of soil is dry. Water thoroughly until it flows out of the drainage hole. If you find the soil to be bone dry, a good soak is in order. 

  • Fill a sink or tub with 2″-4″ of water, depending on the size of your plant.
  • Set the plant in the water without the saucer to allow it to soak the water from the bottom. Let the plant sit in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  • After the 30 minutes is up, feel the top of the soil to see if it has soaked up enough water. If it needs a little more time, let it sit for an additional 15-30 minutes, or water slightly from the top of the soil.
  • Drain the sink and let the plant rest and allow the water to trickle from the bottom.
  •  Place the plant back on the saucer making sure there is no standing water.

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We're confident your Zebra Plant will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.