With its wonderfully patterned stems and glossy deep green foliage, the Alocasia Zebrina is a must-have for all exotic houseplant collectors worldwide. Alocasia zebrina is an eye-catching tropical evergreen perennial houseplant with enormous glossy green arrowhead leaves and zebra-like patterns on the stems. This plant, also known as the Alocasia zebrina Tiger or Alocasia Leopard, has long, spotted stalks with interesting patterns.
An Alocasia Zebrina reaches a height of three feet and a width of three feet during the warm season and is considered quick growing. It can produce leaves every two weeks in perfect growing conditions. Its fondness of bright light, warmth, and moist conditions has endeared it to the Philippines’ hot, humid rainforests. The Alocasia Zebrina is a fantastic place to start if you’re looking for a challenge.
The zebrina variant, like all Alocasia species, has triangular-shaped leaves that grow swiftly. This article includes all you need to know about caring for and growing the Alocasia zebrina houseplant. You’ll learn how to solve some problems with growing ‘zebra’ plants indoors by reading the article.
How to care for Alocasia Zebrina
The soil in which an Alocasia Zebrina grows must be particularly well-draining. I make mine using an equal mix of perlite, peat, and compost, and it works great. Alocasia zebrina houseplants thrive in a light, well-draining potting soil and a bright, out-of-direct-sun setting. Alocasia Zebrina prefers a little drier soil, which is why having well-draining soil is so crucial. It will be able to drain the extra water. Always double-check that your plant’s bottom has enough drainage holes. If the plant is overwatered, this can help prevent root rot and death. Water your Alocasia Zebrina once or twice a week, at the very least, for the best results.
Temperatures between 60°F and 82°F (15°C – 28°C) with a humidity of over 60% are ideal for the zebrina cultivar. During the growing season, water the Alocasia zebrina when the top 0.5″ (1 cm) of soil is dry and fertilise twice a month.
Alocasia Zebrina prefers moist soil, however, they are prone to root rot if overwatered. The striped stems don’t require a lot of water each session because they store a lot of moisture. However, the Alocasia zebrina is not a drought-tolerant plant; in dry conditions, its leaves turn brown and crispy. Your Zebrina demands a different watering practice than most houseplants due to the necessity to maintain modest dampness without wet or dry soil.
Picking up the pot to examine how heavy it is is a typical and effective approach for properly watering an Alocasia zebrina. When the plant is ready for another drink, you can tell by the weight of the container. Keep an eye on the leaves to determine the proper weight. When a Zebrina needs water, its foliage begins to droop — this isn’t something you want to happen on a frequent basis, but it is a useful indication. Pick up the plant’s container whenever it starts to wilt and feel how light it is.
The Alocasia zebrina prefers high humidity because it lives in the rainforest. Their optimal humidity level is 60% or more, therefore they thrive in a greenhouse or a room with a humidifier. However, as long as they are properly watered and given adequate light, they can typically get by with less.
Browning leaves are a symptom that the plant is suffering from a lack of moisture in the environment. To increase humidity in your own indoor jungle, arrange plants together, but don’t overcrowd them. They still require air circulation and a certain amount of space to keep pests at bay.
An Alocasia Zebrina needs a lot of light to thrive. It’s in a room with a south-facing window, so it gets enough of light throughout the day. But don’t put it right next to the window; it’ll burn its lovely, large leaves. If your plant develops somewhat yellow leaves, the sun is too much for it, and you should shift it to a slightly shadier location.
It’s not a problem if you don’t have a room with a south-facing window. In the west or east-facing window, you can also put it adjacent to the window. Although these rooms will not receive as much sunlight, placing the plant directly next to the window will provide ample light throughout the day.
During its growing season, which lasts from spring to early October, the Alocasia Zebrina grows extremely fast. Fertilize the plant every two weeks during this time to give it the energy it needs to keep growing so swiftly. Ensure that the leftover fertiliser is flushed out every few months. This can be accomplished by thoroughly watering the plant and allowing the water to drain through the bottom of the pot. This will keep your plant in a livable environment in the soil.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.