How to Bring a Dying Zebra Succulent Back to Life

To save dying zebra succulents (Haworthiopsis fasciata), you must reproduce their original environment by using gritty, well-draining soil, watering when the soil dries up, and placing the plants in indirect sunlight. Due to their ability to survive drought conditions, overwatering rather than underwatering is more typically the cause of a dying zebra plant.

The most common cause of a fading zebra succulent is overwatering, which makes the leaves brown or yellow and causes them to droop and die. Zebra succulents can become white if exposed to too much direct sunshine. Watering too gently causes the lower leaves to die back and the leaf tips to become brown.

The leaves of the Zebra Plant are becoming yellow, brown, and soft

Zebra plants are a drought-resistant succulent native to South Africa, where they thrive on gritty, well-draining soil with little water retention and in bright, indirect sunshine with little rainfall. If the soil is soggy, waterlogged, or too moist all-around roots for too long from overwatering, zebra succulents become brown or yellow with mushy foliage and a withering appearance.

When cultivating zebra succulents, it is critical to reproduce some of the conditions in their original environments, such as putting them in gritty soil and watering only after the soil has dried up completely.


Zebra succulent leaves are yellow, brown, or black in color and have a mushy texture


Watering too often, using slow-draining soils, using pots with poor drainage, or using saucers and trays below pots to prevent water from escaping around the roots.

The first indicators of stress from overwatering are yellow, brown, and mushy leaves

Water stress can cause the aloe vera leaves to turn yellow, brown, or transparent, with mushy leaves. Zebra succulents are susceptible to going dormant in the summer if the temperatures are too high.

In hot and dry areas, a summer hibernation in which zebra succulents halt developing is a survival mechanism to save water supplies. This lowers the need for moisture, putting the leaves at danger of becoming yellow or brown as a result of repeated watering.

Your zebra succulent should also be in a container with drainage in the bottom to enable excess water to drain out the bottom and keep the soil from becoming saturated.

Yellow and Brown Zebra Succulent Rejuvenation

Reduce the amount of irrigation

Watering zebra succulents more than once a week is excessive. Only water zebra succulents after the dirt in the pot has totally dried out. Watering once every 14 days or so is typical, although the actual frequency depends on your environment, the time of year, the soil’s ability to hold moisture, and the size of the pot.

If the potting soil remains soggy, replace it

Even if you water your zebra succulents on a regular basis, if the soil is sluggish draining or stays moist for too long, the leaves will turn brown or yellow and die. Replace the soil with specially designed succulent and cacti soil, which replicates the zebra succulent’s native environment’s well-draining, gritty soil profile.

Plant zebra succulents in containers and pots with drainage holes

After watering, drainage holes allow excess water to escape from the bottom of the pot, allowing the soil to dry out correctly and preventing root rot in the zebra plant.

Plant zebra succulents in pots that are appropriate for their size

Larger pots hold more soil, which means they may hold more moisture. This allows the container to dry out much more slowly than a smaller pot, increasing the danger of root rot and death of the zebra plants. Plants that are cultivated in smaller pots that are proportionate to their size dry out at a rate that is suitable for the zebra succulent’s ideal moisture balance.  

Regularly empty saucers, trays, and outside pots

Saucers, trays, and attractive outer pots are frequently used in the house to prevent excess water from overflowing from the soil after a watering session. To avoid your zebra succulent dying from water stress, make sure you drain anything below your container that may retain water on a frequent basis.

When the soil dries out, water replaces it, replicating the natural process of moisture conditions in the zebra plant’s original environment and keeping it healthy.

Ensure that no roots or packed dirt are blocking drainage holes, which might cause drainage to slow down. Your zebra succulent has a chance to recover from its fading appearance if the dirt surrounding the roots has dried fully and you are watering according to best practices or changed the soil with granular succulent soil.

In the next two weeks, you should notice a difference in the condition of your zebra succulent. When the leaves of zebra succulents become yellow or brown, it’s usually a symptom of stress from overwatering, but if they turn black, it’s a sign of root rot, which is far more difficult to recover from.

The healthy offsets should be separated from the black, sick part of the plant for propagation if there are any developing in the container.

Frequently Asked Questions About Zebra Succulents

What is the best way to care for a zebra succulent?

  • Light Levels: Moderate Avoid regions with a lot of shade and direct sunshine.
  • Watering Moderately In the summer, once every week or so, and once every two weeks in the winter.
  • Temperatures are normal for an indoor environment. 10°C (50°F) to 29°C (85°F)
  • Feeding When it’s growing, fertilize once every three months.

Is it true that zebra succulents prefer direct sunlight?

Bright, direct sunshine is ideal for the zebra succulent. In partial or full shade, it will not survive. They are naturally inclined to lean and grow in the shadow. Haworthia species prefer bright light but not direct sunlight.

Is the Zebra succulent uncommon?

The rare Haworthia fasciata is another thing to keep in mind. Many newcomers to succulents mistake the Zebra plant for a stripped-down counterpart of the Aloe. It’s not.

What is the lifespan of zebra succulents?

This succulent is sluggish growth with a 50-year lifespan! It is endemic to the Eastern Cape area of South Africa and belongs to the Asphodelaceae family. Because of its similar look, the zebra cactus is sometimes mistaken for its cousin, Haworthia fasciata.

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