How to grow and care for Alocasia zebrina Indoors

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Alocasia zebrina Care, Zebra Plant Care, Zebrina Alocasia care

Botanical name: Alocasia zebrina
Family: Araceae
Common names: Zebra Plant, Zebrina Alocasia

Alocasia zebrina Description

Alocasia zebrina commonly called Zebra Plant or Zebrina Alocasia, is a popular plant which bears upright, arrow-shaped green leaves which are borne on thin zebra-striped stems.

The plant may not be easy to grow indoors but once its requirements for warm and humid conditions are met, it is an excellent addition to any houseplant collection.

Alocasia zebrina is one of the popular Alocasia plants on account of its spectacular foliage.

Alocasia zebrina was first described by John Gould Veitch, a British horticulturist in 1862 from specimens collected from the Philippines. The species name, 'zebrina', is in reference to its distinctive striped leaf stalks.

Alocasia zebrina Size

Alocasia zebrina is a fast growing plant which grows to a height of 3 ft and about 2-3 ft wide. The leaves can grow to 1 ft long.

Alocasia zebrina Flower

The flowers in Alocasia zebrina are unimpressive pale-colored spathes which only last a few days.

To conserve the plants energy and direct it to foliage growth, cut the flowers as soon as they appear though it is unlikely to flower when grown indoors.

Alocasia zebrina Origin

Alocasia zebrina has its orgins in the warm humid tropical areas in Philippines where it is found growing at high elevations, in bright shade, in well draining soils on the forest floors.

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Alocasia zebrina Care Indoors

Alocasia zebrina Light Requirements

Alocasia zebrina grows best under bright, indirect light. It also does well under artificial light. Keep your Alocasia zebrina away from direct sunlight as it can lead to brown sunscorch marks on the leaves.

Too little light for your Alocasia zebrina will signal dormancy to your plant which may cause the leaves to start dying in readiness for dormancy.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that your Alocasia zebrina gets light on all sides for even growth to prevent lop-sided growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to water Alocasia zebrina

Water Alocasia zebrina thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Reduce watering during the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Underwatering your Alocasia zebrina will signal dormancy to your plant which may cause the leaves to start dying in readiness for dormancy.

Alocasia zebrina does not like soggy soil as it is prone to fungal infestations like root-rot.

Therefore, ensure the pot for your Alocasia zebrina has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Alocasia zebrina

Average warmth from 150C to 280C is ideal for your Alocasia zebrina. Below 130C, Alocasia zebrina may drop all its leaves and go into dormancy stage.

Alocasia zebrina also needs to be protected from draughts as it hates sudden changes in temperature. Check out this guide on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for Alocasia zebrina

Alocasia zebrina requires high humidity inorder to thrive. To raise humidity for your Alocasia zebrina set the pot on a wet pebble tray or place it in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Check out these techniques on how to raise the humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina by damp wiping them with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and discourage pests infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Alocasia zebrina Fertilizer (Feeding)

Feed Alocasia zebrina with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing period. Withhold feeding during the cold season as the plant undergoes dormancy during this period and growth is minimal at this time.

Regularly flush out accumulated salts arising from fertilizers every 2-3 months for your Alocasia zebrina by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes. Let the stream of water run for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Alocasia zebrina Repotting

Alocasia zebrina prefers to be root-bound, therefore frequent repotting is not needed. Avoid frequent repotting as the plant can take upto 4-6 weeks to recover from repotting shock.

Repot into a 1 size larger pot during the growing season only if the roots of your Alocasia zebrina have grown out through the drainage holes.

The best soil for your Alocasia zebrina is a rich, free-draining soil inorder to ensure that it does not retain excessive moisture which can lead to rotting.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to fungal infestations.

Alocasia zebrina Pruning

Pruning Alocasia zebrina is easy as it only requires removal of yellow and diseased leaves as they occur to maintain your plant neat and to reduce chances of diseases and pests infestation.

Remove the leaves by cutting at the base with a sterilized knife or pair of scissors to avoid disease transimission. Take care not to injure the new leaves that are forming.

Alocasia zebrina Propagation

Alocasia zebrina can be propagated by plant division at the beginning of the growing season.

How to Propagate Alocasia zebrina by Plant Division

Carefully take out your Alocasia zebrina from its pot and gently divide the rhizome into sections by cutting through with a sharp sterilized knife. Ensure that each section has 1-2 stems.

Plant the Alocasia zebrina divisions in individual pots in moist free-draining soil at the same depth that they were in the previous pot.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, well-lit place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges after which routine care can begin.

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Alocasia zebrina Problems Indoors

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia zebrina losing color and dying?

The reason why the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are losing color and dying is too little light.

Alocasia zebrina grows best in bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia zebrina dropping and the plant dying?

There are three possible reasons why the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are dropping and the plant is dying. These three reasons signal dormancy for Alocasia zebrina and hence the leaves die in readiness to enter dormancy.

This happens during the cold season (winter) when the plant undergoes dormancy. Even if the foliage may die, the underground rhizome is still alive and can regrow under favorable conditions.

One possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are dropping and the plant is dying is too little light.

Alocasia zebrina grows best in bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

Move the plant to a brighter spot and ensure it receives bright, indirect light. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

The second possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are dropping and the plant is dying is too low temperature below 130C.

Alocasia zebrina grows best in average warmth between 150C and 280C. Protect the plant from cold and hot draughts which cause sudden changes in temperature.

The third possible reason why the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are dropping and the plant is dying is underwatering.

Alocasia zebrina prefers the soil to be kept slightly moist during the growing season and watering to be reduced in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.

Why do the leaves of my Alocasia zebrina have brown leaf edges?

One possible cause of brown leaf edges in your Alocasia zebrina is low humidity. Where the air temperatures are high, the air humidity is likely to reduce significantly.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your Alocasia zebrina or place the plant in a bathroom or other moist areas in the home. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

The second possible cause of brown leaf edges in your Alocasia zebrina is accumulation of salts in the soil which could have come from fertilizers or water.

Regularly flush out accumulated salts arising from fertilizers every 2-3 months for your Alocasia zebrina by running a stream of water through the soil until the water comes out through the drainage holes.

Let the stream of water run for a few minutes. Repeat the process several times. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia zebrina drooping?

There are two possible causes of drooping leaves in your Alocasia zebrina.

One possible cause of drooping leaves in your Alocasia zebrina is too little light. Move your plant to a brighter spot. Alocasia zebrina prefers bright, indirect light but away from direct sunlight.

The second possible cause of drooping leaves in your Alocasia zebrina is underwatering. Alocasia zebrina prefers the soil to be kept slightly moist during the growing season.

Reduce watering in the cold season to keep the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Why are the leaves of my Alocasia zebrina yellowing and dropping?

Low humidity is the reason for the yellowing and dropping of the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina.

Set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your plant. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

However, it is natural for the old leaves of Alocasia zebrina to turn yellow and drop as the plant continues to grow.

Remove such leaves by snipping them off at the base with a clean sharp knife or a pair of scissors to keep the plant neat and reduce pests and disease infestations.

Why are there dark brown or black spots on leaves of my Alocasia zebrina?

Dark brown or black spots on leaves of your Alocasia zebrina are an indication of Leaf Spot Disease which is enhanced by soggy soil and overwet conditions.

Isolate the affected plant immediately to prevent spread to other houseplants, remove the damaged leaves and treat with a fungicidal solution.

Ensure that there is proper drainage of both the soil and the pot to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Avoid misting and wetting the leaves to keep them dry and ensure there is good air circulation for your Alocasia zebrina.

Which plant pests attack Alocasia zebrina?

Common plant pests in Alocasia zebrina are Spider Mites, Mealy Bugs, Scales and Aphids.

Isolate the affected Alocasia zebrina to prevent further spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Alocasia zebrina toxic?

Alocasia zebrina like other Alocasia Plants is toxic to both humans and pets.

Alocasia zebrina contains crystals of calcium oxalate which if ingested can numb and swell the tongue and pharynx leading to difficulty in breathing and sharp pain in the throat.

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