Plant Care Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

About Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant is often grown as a house plant. It forms a rosette of mid-green leaves with irregular whitish cross bands. It produces a succession of white star-like blooms from the center of the plant. It needs warm draft-free area, humidity and indirect light. Mealybugs and scale are occasional problems.


Cryptanthus zonatus

Also known as

Earth's Stars, Pheasant Plant and Star Fish Plant

How to care for Zebra Plant


How often to water your Zebra Plant

Water needs for Zebra Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Zebra Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Zebra Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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Finding light for Zebra Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Zebra Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Zebra Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Zebra Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Zebra Plant in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Zebra Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Zebra Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Zebra Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Zebra Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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