Plant Care Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

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Zebra Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Zebra Plant

These tiny succulents are native to Southern Africa, but now grow in homes around the world! Since they're adapted to harsh, dry cliamtes, their succulent leaves store water during the dry season. They also use a special form of photosynthesis that helps them retain water by only exchanging gases at night! 🌌

Taxonomy

Haworthiopsis fasciata
Haworthiopsis
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Haworthia fasciata

How to care for Zebra Plant

💦 Water

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
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Zebra Plant in your home

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

Zebra Plant 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 Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

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.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Zebra Plant is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


💦 Water Needs

Zebra Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Zebra Plant 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Zebra Plant is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.


💨 Humidity

Zebra Plant 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.


🪴 Soil

Zebra Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Zebra Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Zebra Plant is native to Southern Africa.


🌸 Flowers

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


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Zebra Plant grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Zebra Plant can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🧐 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.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Zebra Plant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 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 Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 86
Zebra Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 35
Zebra Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 24
Zebra Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 12
Zebra Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
Zebra Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
@SuperRedvein avatar
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Oxford, England
04/04/2022

This plant is so easy to take care of.
Its doesn’t need direct sunlight and it doesn’t need too much water.
Its simple but pretty. Lovely patterns.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 162 XP
globe Oxford, England
04/04/2022

Its simple but pretty. I love how easy this plant is to look after
Doesn’t need direct sunlght

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@TycoonGuepinia avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Moncton, New Brunswick
03/18/2022

Such a simple plant to keep!!

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Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
@RespectfulJade avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 401 XP
01/23/2022

Easy to take care of, survives without water.

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leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Los Angeles, CA
01/21/2022

Don’t know much about this tbh but it’s vibrant and seems happy , doesn’t need much water

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@IndyMary avatar
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leaf-1 57 Plants
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globe Greenwood, IN
11/09/2021

Slow grower, but it’s easy to care for.

Jordyn avatar
@Jordyn
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Petaluma, CA
11/09/2021

Super, super easy to care!

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Emily avatar
@Emily
leaf-1 12 Plants
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globe Indian Harbour Beach, FL
10/02/2021

Very sturdy!

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@bigshe64 avatar
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leaf-1 48 Plants
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globe Ephrata, PA
09/29/2021

My plant hasn’t opened yet and is very slow growing.

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@Sam
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 49 XP
09/26/2021

With the right amount of light and drainage it's hard to hurt this thing.

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leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Houston, TX
09/23/2021

She was almost dead when I got to her but after a few days of watering and some good sunlight she bounced right back! It was amazing to see how fast she came back to life after a little TLC!

Fast grower Fast grower
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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Meagan avatar
@Meagan
leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Bangor, ME
08/28/2021

It’s cool… looks like plant

@AkutoJo avatar
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Strunk, KY
08/08/2021

Easy to take care of and I mean easyy. It’s perfect for simple greenery just make sure to not water the leaves and only it’s soil.

@tessfitz avatar
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leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 542 XP
08/06/2021

Pretty easy to care for

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Katarina avatar
@Katarina
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 106 XP
07/30/2021

Very forgiving

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@JessFlyAway avatar
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leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe New York
07/19/2021

Browns at times but honestly grows fast and is pretty easy to take care of

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@king-dingus avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 145 XP
globe Victoria, British Columbia
07/06/2021

Having a beginner plant that’s pet friendly is surprisingly difficult to find, and you end up with a lot of succulents. They’re often marketed as a “set it and forget it” plant, which isn’t true. They need water once every week or two, depending on size when you pick them up. Once they’re established, they propagate even under the most lacklustre conditions. Don’t let anyone tell you to treat them like a cactus, though. Avoid direct sunlight, you will know right away when they’re sunburnt! The leaves/nodes will darken and take on a purple-ish hue, and prolonged sun exposure will cause the tips to brown and break off (which you can see on mine, as I learned all this the hard way). A fun little spike monster that wouldn’t hurt a fly!

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Browns easily Browns easily
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Evie avatar
@Evie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 412 XP
07/02/2021

I’ve had this plant for a long, long time and for a while it was a dark purple brown colour. This was simply under watering. It needed more water than I previously thought it did. When I say fast grower I really mean it. Mine is huge now and i’ve had to repot it into a significantly larger pot to home it’s new growth. Lovely thing that is eye catching on a windowsill.

Fast grower Fast grower
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Browns easily Browns easily
Gage avatar
@Gage
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe Independence, MO
06/25/2021

Pokey

Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 166 XP
06/20/2021

This plant almost looks fake, but it’s so cute I have it as a desk plant and I just love it so much! They grow very slowly though so just forget about it other then watering for the most part if you like to observe your plants growing lol

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