Zebra Plant Care

Aphelandra squarrosa

Native to the tropics of Brazil and popular for their vivid dark green-veined leaves, Zebra Plants can be a little tricky to take care of if they don’t have the right environment. Below you will find our complete Zebra Plant care guide with all the information you need to know.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Moderately

I don’t like my soil to be too dry or too soggy. Little and often is what I’m after.

High Humidity

I thrive in humid environments so please mist my leaves every so often.

Potting Soil

I need soil specifically for indoor plants as it will retain the right amount of water.

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Detailed Zebra Plant Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Zebra Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Keep the soil slightly moist

When caring for a Zebra Plant, it’s important to water it a little but often. This will make sure there is always some moisture in the soil but not enough to cause root rot. Zebra Plants don’t like to have super dry soil for too long so the watering balance might take a little while to get right.

Keep them away from direct light

As Zebra Plants are native to the tropics and grow in the canopies of the trees, they need indirect to medium light levels to thrive. Any direct light will burn the leaves (especially in summer when the sun is a lot stronger and around for longer each day).

They need high humidity levels

Zebra Plants will really struggle in homes with dry air. You need to make sure that you are misting and showering your plant to keep the humidity up. Without this, you may start to see brown leaf tips and brown leaves appearing on your Zebra Plant.

Zebra Plants don't like cold air

Another really important thing to consider when caring for a Zebra Plant is temperature. They won’t do so well in cold rooms so avoid placing them near drafty windows or doors.

Fertilisation will encourage flowering

If you want to see your Zebra Plant produce flowers in the spring and summer then you want to be feeding your plant. We recommend twice monthly during the warmer months and then cutting back completely over autumn and winter.

Zebra Plant is safe for pets

Zebra Plants are considered pet friendly plants as don’t cause harm when ingested. However, they are known to occasionally cause skin irritation when handled so its best to wear gloves if you are pruning or repotting your plant just to be on the safe side.

Propagate by stem cutting

The most successful method of propagation for Zebra Plants is taking a stem cutting. Make sure at least one node is included in the cutting as this is where the roots will grow from. Place in water and after a few weeks you should start to see roots appearing and the cutting is ready to be pot!

Zebra Plant Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Zebra Plant.

Common Problems with your Zebra Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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The most common cause of brown leaf tips on a Zebra Plant is a lack of humidity. Make sure to mist the plant several times a week and try out things like a pebble tray or showers to increase the humidity further.

This can be quite a difficult problem to solve because there are several factors which cause Zebra Plant to lose leaves. Start off by trying to eliminate some of the following reasons: under or overwatering, cold drafts/ low temperature in the room, not enough sunlight or shock from being moved to a new spot.

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