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 attenuata
Haworthiopsis
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

Also known as

Hawthoria attenuata

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?

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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 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 Plant →

Common Zebra Plant Problems →


💦 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.

Zebra Plant Root Rot →


☀️ 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 🏡.

Zebra Plant Light Requirements →

Zebra Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 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.

Zebra Plant Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 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.

Zebra Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 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!

When and How to Successfully Repot Zebra Plant →


💩 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Zebra Plant →


🌎 Native Region

Zebra Plant is native to Southern Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Zebra Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Zebra Plant Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ 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.

Zebra Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

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

🧐 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 344
Zebra Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 160
Zebra Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 76
Zebra Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 31
Zebra Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 30
Zebra Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 28
Zebra Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
@Yvette avatar
@@Yvette
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 3,567 XP
globe Crowborough, England
02/24/2022

Easily blooms, mine bloomed twice back in the summer. Also a fast grower once I had blooms growing this plant started to grow new pups around the bottom of the plant.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD
01/14/2022

I’m not sure this thing even needs water? It’s pretty happy to just be ignored most days and watered a teeny tiny bit once or twice a month.

Survivor Survivor
@dylan1stokes avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,495 XP
globe Witham, England
01/10/2022

This plant is a survivor and hardly needs watering. Just keep this plant right near a window so it can get plenty of light

Survivor Survivor
@maggie4 avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 409 XP
12/20/2021

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 :)))

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Dawn avatar
@Dawn
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 692 XP
globe Madison, WI
12/09/2021

This plant is super easy to take care of! It can handle small daily watering or skipping a few days. It’s quite hardy.

Survivor Survivor
@Brooke0819 avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Menlo, GA
12/07/2021

It is a slow grower but once it does start it’s so much fun to watch its progress!

Survivor Survivor
@Holycow avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 124 XP
12/01/2021

I live him

Survivor Survivor
Jackie avatar
@Jackie
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 254 XP
11/22/2021

Really easy to take care of

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@Nasalk avatar
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 210 XP
11/16/2021

Another plant that is still alive!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 210 XP
11/16/2021

I like this plant - it is still alive!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 180 XP
globe Crofton, MD
11/10/2021

Make sure you use distilled water. I found by doing so it grows more and gets sm taller. It can get top heavy tho so make sure you don’t use too much

Fast grower Fast grower
@Marlene305 avatar
@@Marlene305
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 4,178 XP
11/10/2021

This was a baby from another plant I have. So far, so good!!

Fast grower Fast grower
@Marlene305 avatar
@@Marlene305
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 4,178 XP
11/10/2021

This is a baby from another plant I have!! So far, so good.

Fast grower Fast grower
@Gracie_molllyyyyy avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 242 XP
globe Norwich, England
11/09/2021

I left my plant with my neighbour for three weeks and it almost died but from using this app it is now thriving and no longer dying

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Morganavery avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Cadillac, MI
11/08/2021

Ross has been throw lot and I’m praying he will pull through

Survivor Survivor
@Gracefulwander avatar
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leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 175 XP
11/07/2021

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.

Fast grower Fast grower
@errblakeee avatar
@@errblakeee
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 178 XP
10/18/2021

this plant requires very little care, it looks great and adds to the plant ambiance

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@miamelia24 avatar
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leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 355 XP
globe Fishers, IN
10/17/2021

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!!

Survivor Survivor
@Syalbert avatar
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leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 351 XP
globe Bloomington, IN
10/08/2021

I received this little guy as a Christmas gift years ago and I didn’t realize he was alive almost a year later; we all thought he was fake. He immediately grew as soon as I began watering him! I love my Zebra plant.

Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower

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