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Calathea Zebrina

 

Calathea Zebrina is native to Brazil, and her bright green leaves can be boldly striped in white, yellow, or pink in a striking feather-like pattern that is sure to catch the eye.
As tropicals, caring for zebra plants in the home is not as tricky as some gardeners think. With proper zebra plant care, these plants can grow up to one meter tall.

As with all houseplants, zebra plant care begins with the soil. Tropical plants need soil that holds moisture but is also well-draining. ‘Wet feet’ is probably the primary cause of failure when growing zebrina indoors. A lack of water, however, will cause leaves to curl.

A good potting mix consists of one part soil, two parts peat moss, and two parts perlite. A good quality African violet mix will also meet these requirements. When potting your newly acquired Calathea zebra plant, care should be taken to water thoroughly, allowing the excess to drain from the bottom. From then on, the plant should be kept moist, not wet. Fertilize occasionally with a half-strength solution of liquid fertilizer. Too much, and your plant will grow leggy.

Humidity is the next problem to be conquered when growing zebras indoors. If the environment is arid, which often occurs during the winter months, rest the pot on a shallow tray filled with gravel and fill the tray with water without touching the pot. One of the first signs of low humidity is brown edges along with the leaves.

Most tropicals, however, only need temperatures above 3 C to survive and temperatures around 21 C to thrive. These plants grow in the shaded understory of the tropics and don’t need intense light. Diffused light should be enough.

The plant is 25 - 30 cm tall and will be shipped in a 12 cm pot.