Plant Care Calathea Zebra
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Calathea Zebra

2.8 out of 5 (16 experiences)

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

Also known as

Zebra Plant

Taxonomy

Calathea zebrina
Calathea
Marantaceae
Zingiberales

What other plant parents say

Calathea Zebra has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 13
Calathea Zebra has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 4
Calathea Zebra has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
Calathea Zebra has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Calathea Zebra has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 2
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@Jessjc_
San Diego, CA
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named pain in the ass by Jessjc_ on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

i have had it in an area of 50%+ humidity with medium/bright indirect light. i have a setosa and treat them both the same and my setosa is thriving but this zebrina is stagnant and crisping. i starte…

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@Brooke
Denton, TX
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Sofia by Brooke on Greg, the plant care app
05/29/2021

Maybe I just haven’t had much luck with this plant, but I can’t seem to keep it from getting crispy. I’ve used a pretty regular watering system + using only distilled water + placed the plant right n…

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Riversong avatar on Greg, the plant care app Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Giselle by Riversong on Greg, the plant care app
05/17/2021

Gorgeous foliage patterning but delicate; very sensitive to low humidity. Due to the leaves being prone to browning due to lack of humidity, you have to watch close for pests as browning caused by p…

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@7smithcc
Portage, MI
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Foxxy by 7smithcc on Greg, the plant care app
06/02/2021

she's a lil spicyyyy. doesn't like to be watered a lot but rather wants to be misted everyday and the humidifier HAS to be on at all times or else she'll curl up. 😩

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@Alexa
Surrey, BC
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Steve by Alexa on Greg, the plant care app
06/14/2021

I find this plant to be picky, i always think its getting what it needs but the leaves die easily and turn brown around the edges

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@Jess
Paremata, Wellington
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Michael Douglas by Jess on Greg, the plant care app
06/08/2021

Can get droopy throughout the day then perks back up overnight

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@Laurenashley
Apopka, FL
Rating of the plant Calathea Zebra named Calathea Zebrina by Laurenashley on Greg, the plant care app
05/01/2021

It’s given me so many new leaves in short period of time

How to care for Calathea Zebra

Water

How often to water your Calathea Zebra

Water needs for Calathea Zebra
0.5 cups
every 9

Calathea Zebra 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 Calathea Zebra

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

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

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Finding light for Calathea Zebra in your home

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

Calathea Zebra 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 city to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Calathea Zebra in your home 🏡.

Nutrients

How to fertilize Calathea Zebra

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Calathea Zebra: 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 Calathea Zebra after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Care Summary for Calathea Zebra

Calathea Zebra

Calathea Zebra


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.

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