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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! 🌌
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How to care for Zebra Plant
How often to water your Zebra Plant
Zebra Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in San Jose, California.
Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.
Water 0.5 cups every
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.
San Jose, California
Finding light for Zebra Plant in your home
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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in San Jose, California ⛅.
How to fertilize Zebra Plant
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.
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!
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.
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 🏡.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Zebra Plant is native to Southern Africa.
Zebra Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.
Zebra Plant grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.
USDA Hardiness Zone
Zebra Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.
Zebra Plant can be propagated by the leaf method. To propagate:
- Remove a leaf by gently twisting until it pops off.
- To get the leaf to root, you can either:
- Place the leaf in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
- Place the leaf directly into well-draining soil
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
0.5 cups every 12 days
< 3ft from a window
Repot after 2x growth
Based on your location in San Jose, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.
What other plant parents say
Super easy plant to take care of i highly recommend for first time plant owners. They only need watering every month or so, I’ve also found that they tend to do best when they’re close to a radiator and window (one or both). When in the right conditions they grow babies very quickly. I have found that the tips of their leaves brown very easily but it hasn’t caused any major problems as of yet :)))
Easy to take care off. Don’t give them too much sunlight. If you do it turns a reddish tint, warning you to give them less sun. Simply place in a window that gets some shade or area where it’s not too sunny. Indirect sun is better. It likes to stay rather dry as a succulent. Make sure your soil is a nice cactus gritty blend.
I’ve had this plant for a year or so and it has yet to show signs of it sickness! It has grown, but not a whole lot, and it doesn’t take much care to keep alive and well. Keep of of windowsills or large exposures to sunlight, however. One time, tried to give it a large amount of sunlight, and it seemed to have a red/brown sunburn of sorts. When removed from the windowsill, it returned to its beautiful color. Overall, an amazing plant!!