Calathea [The Zebra plant]

The Zebra plant is grown for its striking velvety patterned ovate leaves which are light green in color with darker green stripes, like Zebra stripes

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Botanical name: Calathea

Common names: The Zebra Plant



This species is fairly undemanding and suitable for growing indoors if enough light and humidity are provided, and the correct temperature conditions are given. 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 tall and 3 feet wide.

These plants grow in the shaded understory of the tropics and don’t need strong light. The 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. As time passes, caring for zebra plants will also include re-potting. This should be done in the spring about every two years. These plants do not like to be pot bound. If there are several rosettes at the base of the plant, now is the time to divide. Use a sharp blade to separate the rosettes and plant each in its own pot. How to take care of a Calathea zebrina houseplant may sound daunting at first, but once you’ve developed a routine, the rewards of this remarkable plant will be well worth your efforts.


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