Plant Care Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

4.7 out of 5 (483 experiences)

Zebra Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
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! 🌌


Haworthiopsis attenuata

Also known as

Hawthoria attenuata

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 located in Westerville, Ohio.

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

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

Plant care guide for Zebra Plant in Westerville, Ohio

Westerville, Ohio

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Light needs for plant Zebra Plant in Westerville, Ohio

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 26th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Westerville is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in deter…

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Light needs for plant Zebra Plant in Westerville, Ohio

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

January 28th, 2023

This month, Westerville is getting an average of 5.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of…

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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 keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Westerville, Ohio ⛅.


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!

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Care Summary for Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 3ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Westerville, Ohio, 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 346
Zebra Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 162
Zebra Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 76
Zebra Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 31
Zebra Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 31
Zebra Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 28
Zebra Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 2
Yvette avatar
leaf-1 43 Plants
xp 2,990 XP
globe Crowborough, England

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
Boozybillsbabe avatar
leaf-1 50 Plants
xp 9,015 XP
globe Baltimore, MD

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
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leaf-1 36 Plants
xp 3,487 XP
globe Witham, England

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 409 XP

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
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 299 XP
globe Madison, WI

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 114 XP
globe Menlo, GA

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

Survivor Survivor
Holycow avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 124 XP

I live him

Survivor Survivor
Jackie avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 227 XP

Really easy to take care of

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Nasalk avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 165 XP

Another plant that is still alive!

Survivor Survivor
Nasalk avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 165 XP

I like this plant - it is still alive!

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 180 XP
globe Crofton, MD

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
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 4,178 XP

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Marlene305 avatar
leaf-1 61 Plants
xp 4,178 XP

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

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 146 XP
globe Norwich, England

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 142 XP
globe Cadillac, MI

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

Survivor Survivor
Gracefulwander avatar
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 175 XP

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
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 178 XP

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
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 355 XP
globe Fishers, IN

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
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 328 XP
globe Bloomington, IN

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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