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Calathea zebrina 'Zebra Calathea' - Plant

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Calathea zebrina 'Zebra Calathea' - Plant

Calathea zebra plants are natives of Brazil and their 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 difficult as some gardeners may think.

With proper zebra plant care, these plants can grow up to 3 feet (1 m.) tall and 3 feet wide (1 m.).

The leaves, which can grow to 2 feet (.5 m.) in length, arise from a central rosette, rising straight up until a new leaf emerges.


As with all houseplants, zebra plant care begins with the soil. Tropical plants need soil that holds moisture but is also well draining.

Without good drainage, the roots will rot. ‘Wet feet’ is probably the major cause of failure when growing zebra indoor plants. 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.

Plants should be misted several times a week. If the environment is particularly dry, which often occurs during the winter months, rest the pot on a shallow tray filled with gravel and fill the tray with water without its touching the pot.

One of the first signs of low humidity is brown edges along the leaves. Many gardeners mistakenly believe that high heat and strong light are requirements necessary for the Calathea zebra houseplant and its tropical cousins.

Most tropicals, however, only need temperatures above 55 F. (13 C.) to survive and temperatures around 70 F. (21 C.) to thrive. These plants grow in the shaded understory of the tropics and don’t need strong light.

Diffused light should be enough. After you’ve been caring for zebra plants a while, you might want to experiment a bit to see how much light your plant needs to bring out the brightest color in the leaves.