Plant Care Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant

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Zebra Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily
Zebra Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Zebra Plant

Grown as a broad-leaf evergreen and as a houseplant. Prefers a well-drained acidic potting soil and high humidity. No serious insect or disease problems but look out for aphids, scale, and whiteflies. Cut plants back after flowering to manage growth.

Taxonomy

Aphelandra squarrosa
Aphelandra
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

How to care for Zebra Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Zebra Plant

Water needs for Zebra Plant
0.5 cups
every 9

Zebra Plant 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 Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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!


💦 Water Needs

Zebra Plant 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.


☀️ 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 doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.


🪴 Soil

Zebra Plant does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!


💩 Fertilizer

Zebra Plant should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


🌎 Native Region

Zebra Plant is native to the tropical Americas.


🌸 Flowers

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


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Zebra Plant grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Zebra Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 11a-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Zebra Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 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 Plant, 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 Plant

Zebra Plant

Zebra Plant


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 Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 20
Zebra Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 18
Zebra Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 13
Zebra Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Zebra Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Zebra Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Zebra Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 3
@Honeyharbin avatar
@@Honeyharbin
leaf-1 21 Plants
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03/13/2022

This is such a beautiful plant but it’s so finicky. Browns if you under or over water in the slightest, drops leaves and is one of my hardest plants to figure out 😭

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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Montréal, Québec
03/09/2022

At first I didn’t have a humidifier or a mister and I really had some trouble with it, but since having enough humidity this plant is GORGEOUS!

Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 89 Plants
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globe Solana Beach, CA
01/23/2022

Can be fussy about too little/too much water and drops a leaf in retaliation. Hence, Mr. Particular 🤪

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@KaylieS avatar
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leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Leawood, KS
12/09/2021

It’s always unhappy and ends then brown and leaves drop.

Browns easily Browns easily
@Hel3ng avatar
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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Nelson
11/07/2021

This is definitely a survivor when I first got it I kept forgetting to water it hence why there are no leaves on the stem.

Survivor Survivor
Emma avatar
@Emma
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 357 XP
10/22/2021

Temperamental little thing but we’ll learn to get along eventually 🪴

Browns easily Browns easily
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Maya avatar
@Maya
leaf-1 2 Plants
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globe London, England
09/21/2021

Even when you forget to water it and it is nearly dead just watering it once it comes back to life so whickly

Survivor Survivor
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@@krystalatch
leaf-1 36 Plants
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globe Weatherford, TX
09/09/2021

This plant is such a drama queen. Browns easy. Always my first plant to get any pests each season. Trying been oil on it so hopefully is does better. Needs lots of checking on

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globe Minnetonka, MN
09/07/2021

I’m super trying to keep her alive, she’s super persnickety!

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@Darlynn
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globe Austin, TX
08/15/2021

I rescued this plant from a neighbor, with a note saying that it had bugs.. it didn’t in fact have bugs just dust. I placed the plant inside, and for three days without care… Which led to the tops of the stems wilting and the tips of the leaves brown

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globe Starkville, MS
07/11/2021

Love the blooms!!!!

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Emma avatar
@Emma
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Northampton, England
06/26/2021

so dramatic lol, my plant got brown leaves so quickly so i tried to save them but more and more leaves turned brown. i have gave them lots of water and humidity as that what it likes but nothing works. my plant has tow leaves left and i have done lots of research and still unsure why it’s dead

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globe Monterrey, Nuevo León
06/01/2021

Super easy to take care of and resistant

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@Marit
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globe Barrie, Ontario
06/01/2021

This is a very dramatic plant when it needs to be watered but it’s very clear when it needs to be watered

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Tom avatar
@Tom
leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Montréal, Québec
05/31/2021

I just love how it gowns so fast and the leaves are big

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leaf-1 5 Plants
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globe Denton, England
05/20/2021

My zebra plant grows new leaves all the time. ❤️
She has bright indirect light and watered when the top inch is dry. No idea why she’s so happy since I’ve read they’re hard to keep but I have two pairs of new leaves since I got her 2 months ago 🪴

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@AllieT avatar
@@AllieT
leaf-1 14 Plants
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05/11/2021

Very dramatic. Water it a day late and it gets super droopy

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@Kimdaley avatar
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leaf-1 23 Plants
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globe Portland, OR
05/06/2021

Beautiful plant, but a bit of a drama queen. Very expressive leaves that will droop dramatically to let you know it’s unhappy. Leaves brown easily as well. Have to really check-in on this guy.

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globe Corona, CA
04/07/2021

Leaves fall off with the slightest touch.

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globe Sarasota, FL
03/13/2021

To new at this

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