Calathea zebrina (zebra plant) is a species of plant in the family Marantaceae, native to southeastern Brazil. It is an evergreenperennial growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in). The long stalks to 30 cm (12 in) carry elliptical leaves 45 cm (18 in) or more long. The leaves are dark green above, dark red below, the spines, veins and margins etched in lime green. It is tender, with a minimum temperature of 16 °C (61 °F) required, and in temperate areas is cultivated indoors as a houseplant.
Description for Calathea Zebrina
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.
Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Zebra plant. - - 3-6 feet. Moderately easy,
Planting and care
Sunlight Soil Water Temperature Fertilizer
Diffused light. Holds moisture but is also well draining. A good potting mix consists of one part soil, two parts peat moss and two parts perlite. Keep soil moist throughout the growing season Temperatures above 55 F. (13 C.) to survive and temperatures around 70 F. (21 C.) to thrive. Fertilize occasionally with a half strength solution of liquid fertilizer.
Caring for Calathea Zebrina
Wet feet is probably the major cause of failure when growing zebra indoor plants.
A lack of water, however, will cause leaves to curl.
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.
Ornamental use: They are showpiece to any indoor garden.
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