The zebra houseplant is a plant that has very beautiful leaves and is definitely a great addition to your home plant collection. If you are looking to learn more about these beauties and about zebra plant care, read on.
So the first thing for you to know is that there are actually two different houseplants that are known as the Zebra plant. Usually, the scientific name for the plants is not very important for people who are looking for houseplants, but I will give you the names of these two so you see that they have very different Latin names but are commonly known by the same name. There are the Aphelandra Squarrosa and the Haworthiopsis fasciata,which is the more commonly known haworthia zebra succulent plant. Today we will talk about the Aphelandra Squarrosa, or as you might know it, aphelandra zebra plant.
Member of a large Brazilian plant family, natural of the rain forest habitat, the aphelandra zebra plant are growing into shrubs that are upright and large and that bloom well in the moist, tropical heated weather.
Known for having deep yellow or white deep veined, dark green, shiny, large leaves, the zebra houseplant is known by this name because of the leaf shapes that remind us of the stripes of a zebra. And when their flower, full of bright color, bloom, it is definitely a special thing to behold. They are usually quite small when you purchase them and their life expectance is not long, even if you care for them well. But anyway it is a guarantee that you will enjoy your time together. And don’t be sad just yet because there is actually a way for you to significantly extend this time.
Zebra Plant Propagation
Propagation is a part of the zebra plant care guide. New plants can be easily grown from cuttings of the stem of 10 to 15 cm. Take out the leaves at the bottom of the plant and directly place the stem cutting into a medium pot or inside a glass with water and wait until there are new roots growing. If you do this, the plant that originally had a short life can actually go on to live for a long time.
Caring for a Zebra Plant
Remember these plants are originally from a tropical habitat. so they are more fond of warmer climates, so in an average home temperature, about 20 celsius during the day and 15 in the night if they are safe from drafts, they will do well.
Humidity is an important factor here, it should be high. In order to maintain a good humidity level, you can use a pebble and water-filled tray placing the pot on top of it or have a routine of misting your plant. A percentage of humidity between 40 to 80 is the ideal setting for your plant to thrive. But it’s important for you to know that as much as they like humidity, they don’t like their roots to be swimming in the water, so the soil for it should be medium well-draining, and be kept moist just the right amount. If you notice the leaves are dropping or falling it means that you’re overwatering the plant.
Is the Zebra Plant Toxic to Cats?
No, they are not. But even so, keep it out of your cats’ reach because it may cause irritation to their mouths or paws.
How to Get Your Zebra Plant to Bloom?
If you wish the blooming to happen for the zebra plant you need to get what the rhythm of it is naturally. When purchasing look for one that has begun to form bracts.
Your plant will probably go into a state of semi-dormancy at the beginning of winter. During this time, the growth rate will be significantly reduced. But don’t worry, the plant actually likes temperatures a little lower than usual. Make sure the soil doesn’t dry out completely, but reduce the amount of water you give it, and space the watering times further apart. When you starting getting to the end of wind the growth rate will start to increase again, at this point you may add a weak fertilizer to the water every two weeks.
When the development of side shoots begins you will start seeing the formation of new flower heads. When this happens, position a plant in a bright spot and give it water.
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