The zebra plant is a plant species that starts to have a medium size after just a month since it is fast-growing. It is neither tall nor short; it is medium-sized. There are many zebra plant varieties and none of them are too big for your home.
This is a striped houseplant that can be watered from time to time, as it does not require daily maintenance. If the leaves start to get a little droopy, it is time to water the zebra plant. The droopy leaves are the sign it needs watering.
What about the colors of this plant? They vary. Most are green and striped. What is true is that all of them are from Brazil, so they are tropical houseplants that cannot withstand cold as other species. Also, many people state they are finicky, but this is wrong. You just need an adequate interior temperature.
In this blog, we’ll talk about the zebra plant succulent, the zebra spider plant, and the zebra alocasia, which are zebra plant variations. Keep reading to learn more about them.
Zebra plant succulent
They are small succulent plants (up to 15 cm tall) with fleshy triangular leaves that appear in rosettes. The leaves are dark green in color and are furrowed with white lines on the outside of the leaf; on the inside, they have white spots in small bumps. The uninteresting flowers appear in clusters at the end of long stems and are tubular. They bloom in spring and early summer.
Zebra Cactus, aka zebra plant succulent, is usually used indoors in pots that are wider than deep, although if the weather allows it, it can be grown outdoors. The exhibition will be well lit but without direct sun. The temperature should not drop below 10 ºC.
It is not demanding with the soil, but an ideal soil would be a mix of commercial peat substrate with some coarse sand. In case of transplanting, it will be done in spring.
The zebra plant succulent needs little watering in spring and autumn (more or less every 15 days), very little in winter (once a month) and it is advisable to suppress them in summer as they go dormant.
They can be fertilized every 30 days with mineral fertilizer for cacti and succulents during the growing season, although they do not really need it.
Zebra spider plant
The zebra spider plant is known by several names that describe its spider-look shape. Some call it the ribbon or bow of love because it looks like a ribbon of the ones to tie a gift box. The zebra spider plant is from Africa and has spread worldwide thanks to its great capacity to proliferate. It is a houseplant that grows and spreads at a great speed.
The plant does not demand high-quality soil; in fact, it can be planted in pots that contain soil for other types of plants, so this is not a matter of concern. Although it is resistant, the zebra spider cannot bear direct sunlight for so long. If you put it near a window, the tips of the leaves will start to burn or turn brown. Plant this houseplant in a place where it can receive the sun rays moderately or use artificial light.
Something else you should care about is the weather. The zebra spider is a houseplant that would not survive cold or winter. Set up the heater to 26 degrees to keep the zebra spider plant healthy.
Zebra alocasia is one of the most unique indoor plants and, perhaps, for this reason, the favorite of interior designers and Instagramers. Enjoying its peculiar beauty requires knowing in depth the care of the zebra alocasia. A plant that has other names that give us clues to what it is like. The peduncles or stems of its leaves simulate the back of a zebra, while their movement reminds us of those of pachyderms. A super exotic sum that we can enjoy inside the house.
In short, the care of zebra alocasia is not too complicated. You just have to keep in mind what its origins are. And we are talking about a plant from the wetlands of countries like India, Malaysia, or the Philippines.
It should be placed in a very bright environment, but away from direct sunlight to avoid burns.
If you want to learn more about Alocasia zebrina, you can do it in this article we wrote for you. We go deeper into the origins of alocasia zebrina and give you a slew of caring tips.
The cultivation requirements of the zebra plant are better understood when considering the conditions in which it lives in the warmer and more humid areas of Brazil, India, and Malaysia.
All zebra plants, including Calathea zebrina and Aphelandra squarrosa are very similar when it comes to caring. If something is not right, you will notice that their leaves will curl or fall off.
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