Plant Care Zebra Elephant Ear

Zebra Elephant Ear

4.7 out of 5 (19 experiences)

Zebra Elephant Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves
Zebra Elephant Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Zebra Elephant Ear

The Zebra Elephant Ear is native to the Philippines, where is it is considered a threatened species. Collecting wild specimens can earn you up to 10 years in prison and a fine of nearly $20,000 USD 😳.

Taxonomy

Alocasia zebrina
Alocasia
Araceae
Alismatales

Also known as

Zebra Alocasia and Reticulata

How to care for Zebra Elephant Ear

💦 Water

How often to water your Zebra Elephant Ear

Water needs for Zebra Elephant Ear
0.5 cups
every 9

Zebra Elephant Ear needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 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 Elephant Ear

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Zebra Elephant Ear in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Zebra Elephant Ear: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Zebra Elephant Ear may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Zebra Elephant Ear

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Zebra Elephant Ear: 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 Elephant Ear after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Zebra Elephant Ear 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!

Benefits of Growing Zebra Elephant Ear →

Common Zebra Elephant Ear Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Zebra Elephant Ear prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Zebra Elephant Ear Water Frequency →

Zebra Elephant Ear Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Zebra Elephant Ear may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Zebra Elephant Ear Light Requirements →

Zebra Elephant Ear Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Zebra Elephant Ear is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Zebra Elephant Ear Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Zebra Elephant Ear prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Zebra Elephant Ear Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Zebra Elephant Ear is very sensitive to dry soil, so choose a potting soil that retains moisture. A good soil will still drain well and contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir or sphagnum moss.

Best Soil Mix for Zebra Elephant Ear →

When and How to Successfully Repot Zebra Elephant Ear →


💩 Fertilizer

Zebra Elephant Ear is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Zebra Elephant Ear →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Zebra Elephant Ear to go dormant in the wintertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Zebra Elephant Ear is native to tropical and subtropical Asia and Eastern Australia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Zebra Elephant Ear bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Zebra Elephant Ear Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Zebra Elephant Ear is a clumping plant, meaning new growth will emerge from the soil around the parent plant.

How and When to Prune Zebra Elephant Ear →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Zebra Elephant Ear can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10a-12a. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Zebra Elephant Ear Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Zebra Elephant Ear can be propagated by division into new individual plants.

  • Check to see if there is more than one plant. In some cases they may still be beneath the soil surface. If you feel confident, you may remove the soil to check for baby plantlets below!
  • If there are multiple plants growing, unpot the plant and gently tug the plants apart, being careful not to disturb too many of the roots. They may be connected by large root segments which you may need to break to free the plantlet.
  • Pot up the new plant in well-draining soil
  • Repot the parent plant back into its original pot

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Zebra Elephant Ear, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for Zebra Elephant Ear

Zebra Elephant Ear

Zebra Elephant Ear


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

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

What other plant parents say

Zebra Elephant Ear has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 16
Zebra Elephant Ear has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 10
Zebra Elephant Ear has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Zebra Elephant Ear has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 4
Zebra Elephant Ear has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
Mara avatar
@Mara
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 58 XP
12/07/2021

i love it

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Robin avatar
@Robin
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 96 XP
globe Cochrane, Alberta
08/30/2021

Loves to wilt over and won’t ever stand back up

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
@erincharlotted avatar
@@erincharlotted
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 1,083 XP
08/26/2021

This plant is beautiful. The stems make me so so happy. I had trouble finding the right spot for this one but now it’s happy in a sunny south facing window so I’m leaving it there. Greg tells me to water when soil is almost dried out and it seems to be working. I use filtered water to prevent brown tips and drooping. This plant is fussy but okay when you get the hang of it!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@JUSTPLANTY avatar
@@JUSTPLANTY
leaf-1 67 Plants
xp 7,634 XP
07/13/2021

Besides it being difficult with how much sun this baby wants it is a pretty easy plant to care for and grows quickly!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Browns easily Browns easily
Abbey avatar
@Abbey
leaf-1 26 Plants
xp 362 XP
globe Glen Eden, Queensland
06/05/2021

Beautiful and if you look after it right every bad thing you may have heard about them is wrong.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Kathryn avatar
@Kathryn
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 194 XP
globe Ware, England
05/17/2021

Hard to keep happy but really beautiful

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@@Pocahontas
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 5,091 XP
globe München, Bayern
05/12/2021

Beautiful plant with leaves that can get huge and black and white stems that I refuse to believe are real, no matter how many times I have seen them grow out of the soil.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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