Don’t tell people your plans. Show them your results
Before purchasing this plant I did all my research on the plant because I knew it was a challenging one. I wanted to know everything about it before I committed to it. I find this plant so beautiful so I was ready to make the effort to create the perfect indoor home for the beautiful Aphelandra squarrosa, commonly known as Zebra plant.
I have read so many failed stories about this plant so I feel like I learned all the ways I shouldn’t treat my plant and it seems to be working as it’s still well alive and growing.
How to take care of your Zebra plant
Water the plant when the first inch of the soil is partially dry. This plant loves water but don’t overwater it either. Make sure your pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to filter out.
I usually water it once a week and mist it mid-week. You will notice that when the plant is thirsty it will become sluggish. The goal is to water it before that happens. Given the plant likes humidity and warm temperatures, I try to water it with lukewarm water.
The Zebra Plant thrives in a room that gets a medium amount of natural filtered light. Avoid putting your plant too close to bright, sunny, or overly warm windows. This plant can survive in a dark space but won’t grow as fast or bloom in summer.
Also to encourage even growth, rotate the plant from time to time.
You should definitely fertilize your plant every 2 weeks as early in spring as possible if you want your plant to bloom. The flower will appear for a short period of time and only once a year so if this is something you want to see, fertilize it. If you don’t care about the flower, you don’t have to do anything.
Is the Zebra plant easy to grow?
This plant is considered challenging, especially if you don’t follow a good watering schedule and are unable to control the temperature and humidity around the plant.
It’s a very slow-growing plant so it’s primordial to make sure all the element to favor her growth are put in place. Because it’s slow growing, you might not need to repot it as much as other plants.
Common issues the zebra plant faces?
This plant is qualified as pretty hard to take care of compared to the monstera for example. You can easily hinder the growth of your plant if you don’t take care of it properly.
Most of the issues you can see in your plant whether it’s drooping stem, the leaves turning brown, or your leaves falling off is caused by either lack of or excess of watering. It could be caused by too much light or not enough humidity.
To fix these issues, this is what I would suggest…
During spring and summer, water your plant twice a week. Keep your plant in a room with a window but not directly exposed to it. Keep these conditions for 2-3 week and see how your plant reacts. One thing I like about this plant, it’s how expressive it is. So just look at it and then see what she could need.
How to propagate your zebra plant?
You have a few technics to repot your plant so it’s up to you to choose the one you prefer.
Propagation by water
You can cut a 2-3 inch stem of your mother plant and simply put it in water. You want to make sure you cut under the node as it will be the place from where roots are going to grow form. A month later you should see the roots and that will be your sign to re-pot it into the soil.
Propagation by soil
Again, cut a 2-3 inch stem of your mother plant but instead of putting it into the water, you will dip it into a rooting hormone and stick your stem into the soil. You want to keep your soil humid and with as many nutrients as possible. You don’t even need a stem for this method, you can do it even with a leaf but it will take a longer time for your time to grow well.
I’ve had this plant for less than a year so I didn’t get a chance to see it flower yet and I can’t wait until the end of summer to witness it! Let me know in the comments section below if you have this plant and if you find it challenging or not!
Until next time,