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Posted 3M ago by @KatieMushroom

Zebra plant looks mushy :(

Recently my zebra plantโ€™s leaves started getting translucent and brown and a little mushy. I got it as a gift and I watered it per the instructions and have only watered it once since getting it so I donโ€™t think itโ€™s overwatering. I thought it was sun burn because I had it in the wrong part of my window but it continued to do this even after I had moved it and removed what I thought were the burn leaves. I just misted it (to see if itโ€™s a humidity thing) but Iโ€™m still not sure whatโ€™s going on. Any help would be greatly appreciated! #planthelp #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddict #help
Last watered 3 months ago
Might be good to carefully take it out of the soil and check the roots
The other cactus looks healthy, and cactus usually need even less water. So Iโ€™m guessing maybe the zebra plant needs a tiny bit more water.
@nellz4estfairyz thank you Iโ€™ll take a look at that
I would actually think the opposite and that it needs less wateringโ€” mushy, translucent leaves is often a sign of overwatering in succulents. I donโ€™t mist mine, (but I donโ€™t believe itโ€™s bad to do just not heavily) and I only water it about every 3-4 weeks. They like a dry environment so it needs to be in a pot with good drainage and soil that will drain well.
@itsjordan see I would think that too but I have only watered it once since I got it
@KatieMushroom Do you know if it was watered recently before you received it? If not, I would definitely check to see if your pot is draining or if water is just sitting in the pot because that will continue to overwater the plant
@itsjordan Iโ€™m not 100% sure. I want to go with no because the instructions said to water it once it was unpacked. Iโ€™m going to re pot it soon so that may help
@KatieMushroom Hm, okay, my best thought would be to not give it any more water for right now as mushy and translucent usually means it doesnโ€™t need more water, if it were shriveling up then it would need water. Repot it in some good dry soil and put it somewhere it can breathe and get light. I hope it can feel better ๐Ÿซถ๐ŸŒฑ
I agree with @itsjordan on this. Usually mushy, translucent leaves are a sign of overwatering in succulents. It could have been overwatered before you got it, or I could be the type of soil it's in is retaining water. Is it in succulent soil? Does the pot its in have drainage holes? I don't think these plants benefit from misting at all, they prefer to be dry and misting can cause issues..
When you water, try not to get any in the crevices it can cause mushiness if it gets wet. Try bottom watering, I only water mine when i touch a spine and it doesnโ€™t feel firm. I donโ€™t mist or anything else just bottom water once a month(if that) a bright window and ignore. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’š