Zebra Plant – Medium (4″)
Aphelandra squarrosa, known more commonly as Zebra plant, is a tropical flowering plant originally from Brazil. It’s lauded for its unique dark leaves that are striped with white veins, as well as its colourful flowers. When in bloom a Zebra plant bears tall golden bracts that can reach several inches and number between two to four per plant, lasting up to six weeks.
Water: High. Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the spring and summer. In the winter months, you can allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings
Sun: Bright Indirect. Will tolerate lower light, but may be a challenge to bloom.
Placement: This plant thrives in humidity, so kitchens and bathrooms are great locations.
Plant Parent Care Tips:
- This plant loves humidity. Place it on a pebble tray if possible and keep away from vents. Mist its leaves when you feel that the moisture will evaporate quickly. Try to avoid lots of standing water on the leaves.
- If you want to learn how to get Aphelandra zebra plant to bloom, understand the natural rhythm of the plant.n early winter, your plant will go into semi-dormancy. Growth will be minimal. Don’t let the soil completely dry out, but water a little less frequently. By late winter, you’ll see new growth and should water with a half-strength fertilizer solution every two weeks. Once side shoots develop and new flower heads can be seen, move your plant to the brightest possible area and water generously. Wait for the bloom! 🙂
- New plants are easily grown from 4- to 6-inch (10-15 cm.) stem cuttings. Remove the bottom leaves and stick the stem cuttings directly into potting medium or into a glass of water until new roots form.
Pets: Pet Friendly but can irritate skin.