Alocasia Zebrina is a rare gift from mother nature, and if you are looking forward to growing a specimen that stands out, then this is it!
Alocasia Zebrina is not only easy to maintain but also adapts well to any growing environment, which makes it perfect for any room of your house! Let’s have a look at how to grow it easily.
Botanical Name: Alocasia zebrina
Common Names: Zebra plant, Zebrina Alocasia, Zebrina Tiger, Zebrina Leopard.
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Alocasia Zebrina Information
Alocasia zebrina is a species of flowering plant in the Araceae family. It is native to the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, where it is commonly known as the Zebra Plant. It is a rhizomatous, evergreen perennial that grows to a height of up to 1.2 m (4 ft).
Its leaves are large and arrowhead-shaped, with a distinctive dark green and silver striped pattern. The plant produces small white or yellow flowers, although these are rarely seen.
Propagating Alocasia Zebrina
Alocasia zebrina is a type of plant that can be propagated by division or by stem cuttings.
1. Remove Alocasia zebrina from its pot and inspect the root ball for any signs of rot or damage.
2. Carefully divide the root ball into two or three sections, making sure each section has a good portion of healthy roots.
3. Plant each section in its own pot with a suitable potting mix.
4. Water the newly separated plants regularly and keep them in a warm, bright spot out of direct sunlight.
1. Cut a stem with 2-3 leaves attached, making sure the cut is just below a node.
2. Remove the bottom leaves and any excess foliage.
3. Dip the cut end of the stem in the rooting hormone.
4. Plant the stem in a pot filled with moist potting mix.
5. Water the potting mix regularly and keep in a warm, bright spot out of direct sunlight.
6. The cuttings should root within a few weeks. Once the roots have developed, transplant the cutting into its own pot.
Growing Requirements of Alocasia Zebrina
Alocasia Zebrina requires bright, indirect sunlight for optimal growth. It prefers to be in a spot with several hours of the morning sun that is away from direct, harsh afternoon sunlight. It is important to protect Alocasia Zebrina from too much sunlight as it can cause leaf scorch.
This plant requires loose, nutrient-rich, and well-draining soil that can retain an adequate amount of moisture but not too much, as this plant is prone to root rot.
The soil should have a pH level of 5 to 6.5, making it slightly acidic to neutral. One part coarse sand or perlite, one part regular houseplant soil, and one part peat moss is ideal for the growth of the Alocasia zebrina.
During the spring and summer seasons, it is advisable to water Alocasia zebrina once every week, and watering frequency can be reduced during the colder seasons.
As long as the top couple of inches of soil is wet, there is no need for watering, but when it dries out, please water it along with misting. It is crucial not to over-water the plant as it may lead to wet feet and, ultimately, root rot.
Alocasia zebrina is native to the tropical regions of the world. Hence it is accustomed to higher temperatures and despises cold drafts. Spontaneous temperature fluctuations can be harmful to the plant. It thrives best at 18ºC-30ºC
The Zebra Plant craves higher humidity conditions. Keep its pot on a pebble tray filled with water for the best results.
Taking Care of Alocasia Zebrina
As there are only a few leaves on Alocasia zebrina at a time, it is advisable to wipe them off with a damp cloth to prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt. Frequent misting will not only help maintain of the humidity but also boost the aesthetic appearance factor.
Fertilizing Alocasia Zebrina is not necessary as it is a slow-growing plant. However, if you wish to fertilize, use a balanced liquid fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio of 20-20-20 applied every two weeks during the growing season (spring through summer).
Avoid over-fertilizing and water the soil before and after fertilizing to prevent the fertilizer from burning the plant’s roots.
Pests and Diseases
There are a plethora of pests and insects that damage the Alocasia Zebrina, such as mealybugs, spider mites, scale & thrips. It is also prone to diseases such as root rot, red leaf spot, botrytis, powdery mildew & southern blight.
To prevent the plant from getting infected or infested, you should remain vigilant. Use nem oil or soap solution to eliminate pests and avoid overwatering to keep most of the diseases at bay.
Alocasia Zebrina Toxicity
The plant has been known to cause skin irritation and rashes if it comes in contact with the skin. It is advisable to wear gloves when handling this plant to avoid potential skin irritations.