How To Water Zebra Succulents Properly

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Stephanie

Zebra succulents need to be watered after the potting soil has dried effectively. The typical frequency of watering is once each 2 to 3 weeks, with an ample soak will meet the needs of zebra plants while keeping away from root rot. Make sure the soil is dry out prior to watering your Zebra succulent.

It is crucial to be aware of the frequency at which you keep zebra succulents hydrated (also called the zebra Haworthia, Haworthiopsis fasciata) because they are prone to root rot that is caused by excessive watering and draining slow.

Zebra succulents require different amounts of water at various seasons because they are able to enter an inactive state during summer in response to hot temperatures to combat drought.

The ideal watering schedule should be used in conjunction with a well-drained, gritty succulent soil, a well-drained and proper pot to avoid stress in the water and ensure that your zebra plant stays well-nourished.

Continue reading to learn more about how to determine how often and how much water to give your zebra succulent based on your climate and in different times of the year…

How Often to Water Zebra Succulents

Zebra succulents are adapted to thrive in dry and hot environments with frequent rainfall and a sandy soil, for example the ability to store moisture in their leaves that are also designed to minimize transpiration of water.

Zebra succulents are well-adapted to being drought-tolerant they thrive in dry conditions than most plants. They are more likely to experience issues that result from excessive watering and not enough, such as the leaves turning yellow or brown and root decay.

If you want to care for the zebra succulents that you have in your house then you must mimic the conditions for watering in their natural habitat.

Zebra succulents need the soil to dry out between watering sessions so make sure to water your zebra plant once the soil is dry. Usually, this means that you should water the zebra succulents with a thorough soak every 2 or three weeks to ensure the ideal level of water.

It is crucial to remember that the potting soil may not dry out in the same way because of a variety of factors like:

  • Temperature and humidity range in your environment.
  • The dimensions that the container is (large pots dry much more quickly than smaller ones).
  • The zebra succulent may be located in an air flow or is located near an area of heat.
  • The ability of the potting soil to hold in the moisture.

To determine exactly how often to water zebra succulents according to your climate and environment you can check the soil at the bottom of the pot by putting it through the drain hole. If the soil is damp you can put off watering for a few days. If the soil feels dry, then its the ideal time to water.

Once you have figured out the length of time it typically is for the soil in your potting pot to dry out around your zebra succulent You can then establish an appropriate watering schedule based on your specific conditions. This reproduces the moisture and watering conditions that they would have in their natural environment.

zebra succulent in rocks

Symptoms of Watering Zebra Plants Too Often

If youre watering your Zebra succulents more than every week, youre probably watering too often.

The excessive watering of zebra succulents causes the leaves to turn brown or yellow with a soft mushy texture, which is a sign of stress. If the leaves become black, it could indicate root rot caused by excessive the amount of watering.

If the leaves of the zebra succulent have turned brown or yellow with a soft texture , then reduce the amount of water you are giving them and allow the potting soil to dry completely the roots to ensure that the zebra succulent is able to regenerate.

(For more details, read my post on the best way to revive dying zebra plant).

Symptoms of Under Watering Zebra Succulents

While Zebra plants are drought-resistant, they are still susceptible to drought stress if they are not watered enough or arent given enough attention.

The signs of an over watered zebra succulent is the tips of the leaves turning brown and the lower leaves of the plant become brown and have a crisp, dry appearance.

The leaves that are thick and store water also appear thinner as the zebra succulent dries out its water reserves.

The soil should be given a thorough soak, and maybe increase the amount of often you provide water to your zebra plant (as long the soil is dry between watering sessions).

Make sure that zebra succulents are out of from the path of air currents or draughts due to forced or forced air because excessive airflow could dry out the tips of the leaf that are tapered.

(Read my blog post on Zebra succulents with tips of brown leaf to find out more).

After two or three times of watering, with a good soak the zebra succulent will be able to recover over the next few weeks.

It is important to note that zebra plants could need more or less irrigation depending on the seasons…

How Often to Water Zebra Succulents in Winter

The demand of zebra succulents water requirements can differ depending on the time of year.

Zebra succulents in Winter require less watering than the seasons of Spring and Fall (which are the most active growth seasons).

This is due to the fact that the rate of evaporation from soil tends to be slower during winter. With lower intensity of light as well as shorter day daylight hours, plants may grow more slowly and this reduces the need for water.

Zebra plants are often grown indoors, which means that they can be found close to the source of heat during winter, which could dry the soil faster.

Avoid placing your zebra succulent close to sources of heat, and best in indirect, bright light in Winter.

Usually, watering every 3 weeks during Winter is enough however this may vary. I suggest determining how fast the soil around your pots dries and adjusting your frequency for watering to ensure that the soil around your roots are dry enough to prevent root rot, but making sure to water enough to prevent drought stress.

How Much to Water Zebra Succulents

The amount of water you should give your zebra plant is crucial to ensure that your plant is healthy.

While climate, humidity, and temperature all affect the frequency of watering Zebra succulents, the amount of water used should remain the same.

Water zebra succulents that get an extensive soak in to ensure that the excess water drips out of the bottom in the container.

The trickle of water that flows out of the pot will ensure that the water has soaked into the soil in a way that the zebras roots are able to absorb the water they need.

A generous amount of watering can also promote the development of healthy roots.

If you are watering too lightly it is likely that only the upper inch or two of soil is wet and the water doesnt get to the roots at the point where it is needed. The inability to water properly is the most common reason for drought stress and the leaves becoming shriveled.

(It is important to note that succulent leaves can shrivel when they are over or when they are not watered, so check out my article on ways to distinguish between the two).

A good soak in the water and leaving the soil to dry up mimics the watering conditions of the zebra plants natural habitat, which makes sure it is healthy.

How Often to Water Zebra Succulents in Summer

Zebra plants like bright indirect lighting and flourish vigorously during the colder seasons of Fall and Spring..

While zebra plants are able to thrive in the summer, they are more likely to go into in a state of dormancy during the time the temperatures are extremely high to decrease the demand for water, allowing them to remain alive, which makes them more prone to excessive watering.

If the daytime temperatures remain at or above 80 degrees (27degC) ensure that you water your zebra plant every 3 to 4 weeks . Place them in indirect, bright sunlight, not direct sunlight.

Be vigilant throughout hot Summers and watch at signs of stress caused by drought (such as brown tips on leaves and dry, brown lower leaves) and signs of excessive irrigation (brown or green leaves which are soft) and adjust your watering accordingly.

The winter period of dormancy is a strategy for survival to deal with the heat and dry conditions. It reduces active growth and decreases the demand for water until there are warmer temperatures that are more bearable.

Well Draining Soil to Avoid Over Watering

The correct soil type is just as important as watering your zebra succulent regularly to keep from over-watering and root decay.

The normal potting soil holds excessive moisture around the roots of the drought-adapted Zebra plant, which can cause signs of water being too frequently, like leaves turning brown or yellow and become mushy.

Zebra succulents thrive naturally in sandy or grit-like soils that they have in their native South Africa, in soils that drain very quickly and dont hold moisture, and remain damp for too long.

To ensure that the zebra succulent is healthy and prevent root rot plant them in a special succulent and cactus potting dirt (available at garden centers and amazon) because this soil mimics the unique, well-draining soil profile of the succulents native habitat to prevent root rot.

With the correct soil, its much simpler to maintain the ideal level of moisture in Zebra succulents, and avoid any negative effects from excessive watering to ensure that the plant is healthy.

When you have the right soil, its easier to keep the ideal water balance for jade plants, and avoid any negative effects of excessive watering to ensure that your plant is well-nourished.

(To find out more, read my article on on how to care and grow Zebra succulents).

Use a Pot With Drainage Holes in The Base

Zebra succulents are not tolerant of being placed in soil that is saturated Therefore, it is vital to plant them in pots have drainage holes at the base, allowing the excess water to drain away easily.

The method of watering until excess water drips off the bottom of your pot also the best method to make sure that your zebra succulent is adequately well-watered.

If you grow Zerbra succulents in pots that do not have drainage holes at the base the water will accumulate within the root of your succulent . This could cause yellow or brown leaves or root decay.

The water may still be accumulating around the root of your plant pot in the event that:

  • The drainage hole is blocked by roots or soil that has been compacted. If you notice that your soil is slow draining, check your drainage hole is clean so that water can drain properly.
  • Trays and saucers under pots. It is commonplace to place trays or saucers under the pot of zebra succulents to stop water from spilling into your home. Clean the tray or saucer frequently to avoid the water from pooling, which makes the soil damp for your zebra succulent.
  • The use of decorative pots for the outside. Zebra succulents can be found in plastic pots that have drainage holes, but they are placed in a decorative pot that looks nice and stops the water from spilling into your home. The outer pot, however, stops water from escaping, so the soil becomes damp, which can cause root rot. Therefore, remove the water from the pot frequently or plant it in the pot that has drainage holes in the base.

Key Takeaways:

  • Zebra succulents are drought-resistant and should be watered only after the soil has dried completely. Typically, watering every two or three weeks is sufficient to meet the water needs of the zebra plant while helping to trying to prevent root rot from excessive irrigation.
  • Plant zebra succulents in a grit succulents that drain well and cacti soil that mimics those characteristics that drain the natural habitat of the zebra succulents.
  • Zebra succulents are best placed in pots that have drainage holes at the base, allowing excess water to drain away to avoid root decay.
  • The signs of an over water zebra succulent is leaves turning yellow or brown with the appearance of mushy. The signs of an under watered zebra succulent include the brown tips of the leaves and crisp leaves on the base in the plants. Zebra succulent leaves ought to be plump and dark green. The zebra succulents should be watered when the soil is dry between periods of watering.


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