Caring for a Zebra Plant
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The Zebra plant is one of the plants from the Calathea genus. Known under scientific name Calathea zebrina, this gorgeous plant is famous for its foliage. The leaves grow on the long stalks and tend to be oval in shape. This is a perennial plant that can grow more than 3 feet (1 metre) in height.
The zebra plant (scientific name – calathea zebrina) is a perennial foliage plant which displays fairly large ovate leaves at the tips of it’s long stalks, growing up to 1 metre tall.
One thing to note about the Zebra plant is that it’s relatively demanding. This is something you need to know before you decide to grow this plant in your home. However, the good news is that it can thrive indoors and be healthy and strong, as long as you provide it with a warm temperature and enough humidity and light.
The Zebra plant (scientific name: Calathea zebrina) belongs to the larger family of Marantaceae plants. These plants are common household plants that are typically grown for their foliage. The Zebra plant resembles other Calathea plants but it tends to be a bit taller. The plant is sometimes known under the name “Prayer Plant”. You may find this name in some garden stores. At the same time, the name “Zebra plant” is sometimes given to a different plant, Aphelandra squarrosa. Keep this in mind when shopping for plants to grow.
This plants originates in Mexico. You can generally buy it in garden stores. It can grow around 3 feet (1 metre) in height. It is not toxic for pets (cats and dogs) so this is great news for all pet owners who wish to grow Zebra plants in their home.
The most striking thing about the Zebra plant is its foliage. The leaves are ovate and velvety patterned. The color is green with darker green stripes. This way the leaves resemble zebra stripes, hence the name. The undersides of the leaves are purple. However, the undersides are not easily visible because the leaves tend to grow horizontally. Some leaves will curve or grow a bit more upright, which may expose the undersides.
This plant is known to produce long stalks, up to 3 inches (1 metre) in height. It forms clumps and the leaves grow at the top of the stalks. The leaves are around 15 inches (or even more) in length.
The Zebra plant has small, purple or white flowers. However, it is highly unlikely that this plant would bloom indoors. If the flowers appear, they make a nice addition but they are generally small and not the most striking feature of the Zebra plant. This plant, like most of the Calathea plants, is mainly grown for its gorgeous foliage.
Zebra plants tend to be demanding, so it’s important to provide them with all the important growing conditions they need to thrive. With a good care, you can make your Zebra plant thrive. Generally speaking, Calathea plants prefer warm but shaded areas. They are best grown in greenhouses and conservatories, but you can grow them in any room as long as you provide them with enough light and humidity and as long as you protect it from drafts. This plant grows well in large bathrooms. In fact, a bathroom might be an ideal spot for your Zebra plant because of the high humidity levels.
Here are some of the most important growing conditions to provide to your Zebra plant:
You need to repot your Zebra plant approximately once every two years. This should be done during spring. This is also the time to propagate your plant if you like. Propagation is best done by diving the main plant.
Simply divide the plant into two (or more) segments and re-pot the segments into separate pots. It is important to provide enough warmth and humidity to the new plants.
There are some common problems Zebra plants encounter that you need to know how to fix: