Why Are My Zebra Plant Leaves Curling

Written by Ivy

Dec 17 2021

Why Are My Zebra Plant Leaves Curling
Zebra plant is placed indoors to create a fresh and elegant atmosphere, making people feel very natural and comfortable.
There are many reasons for Zebra plant leaves curling. If it is because of too much watering, we need to drain the excess water and maintain good ventilation. If it is because of excessive fertilization, wash the basin soil with clean water to wash away the residual fertilizer. If it is due to lack of light, it is necessary to move the curling leaves zebra plant to the sunny place. If zebra plant leaves curling is caused by too low temperature, we need to keep the plants warm.

1. Watering Too Much

Zebra plant is a Succulent plant with strong drought tolerance. If it is watered too much, the root respiration of the plant will be inhibited, which will lead to zebra plant leaves curling. In view of this situation, it is necessary to discharge the excess water in time, loosen the soil properly and maintain good ventilation, so that the water can evaporate as soon as possible. (Read more about The Best Soil For Zebra Plant.)
After Zebra plant goes into dormancy, its demand for water will decline. If there is no water control maintenance management, the soil will soon have the problem of ponding, resulting in rotten roots and zebra plant leaves curling.
Therefore, after entering summer, we need to carry out water control maintenance and management. Temporary drying will not damage life. It is recommended to water after seeing that the soil is dry. At ordinary times, we can improve the humidity by spraying water on the leaves.
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2. Excessive Fertilization

If we fertilize zebra plant too much, the root of the plant is likely to be burned. After the root is damaged, it will affect the absorption of water and nutrients, resulting in the softening of the leaves. At this time, wash the basin soil with clean water to wash away the residual fertilizer. If the root has rotted, trim the root after taking off the basin, and put it on the basin again after the wound is dry.
After zebra plant enters the dormant state, it is basically in the state of no growth. If the maintenance and management of stopping fertilizer is not carried out, the problem of fertilizer damage, heating and root burning will occur, resulting in zebra plant leaves curling and even plant death.
Therefore, after entering the summer, we need to carry out the maintenance and management of stopping fertilization, so as to ensure the plant to spend the summer safely. When to fertilize? It is recommended to apply fertilizer in spring and autumn when the climate is cool. Use cake fertilizer water mixed with clean water at an interval of 35 days. Be careful not to touch the leaf surface.
Why Are My Zebra Plant Leaves Curling

3. Lack of Light

Zebra plant cannot grow without sufficient light. If it is placed in a dark environment for a long time, the plant cannot carry out photosynthesis to produce nutrients, and the leaves will become soft. At ordinary times, it should be able to receive light all day. Only in the high temperature season in summer, it needs to be properly shaded to avoid burning the leaves of the plant by strong light.
Zebra plant likes soft light and is afraid of strong light, which is the growth characteristic of semi shade resistance, which means that proper shading is required in summer to meet the light demand for plant growth. For the zebra plant leaves curling problem, it can gradually return to normal as long as it is moved to the position illuminated by scattered light. For the problem that the blade becomes smaller, it also needs to be moved to the position illuminated by the scattered light, so that the blade can gradually become full. In the process of moving, it can not directly face the strong light, and it needs to move slowly from weak to strong.

4. The Temperature is Too Low

Zebra plant does not have strong cold resistance. If the temperature is lower than 5 ℃ in winter, the plant will be frostbitten, resulting in zebra plant leaves curling. Before winter, be sure to move the plant to a warm place indoors, or cover the upper part of the plant with a bag, which can also prevent cold and keep warm. The suitable temperature for its growth is about 18 ~ 22 ℃, and the overwintering temperature in winter cannot be lower than 5 ℃. Pay attention to ventilation to avoid the harm of diseases and pests. When the temperature is higher than 35 ℃, we should strictly control the water of zebra plant to help pass the dormancy period.