Zebra Plant (Aphelandra Squarrosa)
Pot Size: Approx. 14cm(Ø) x 11cm(H)
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Overall Height approximately (32cm)
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- Dark, blackish-green glossy leaves with white veins give the zebra plant its name.
- Just for its foliage alone, it’s a delight to grow and when it blooms, it absolutely shines.
- From a bract that’s yellow or orange in coloration explodes many yellow blossoms.
- These flower spikes can reach up to 4″ in length and are beautiful.
- Originating in southern Brazil, Aphelandra Squarrosa is truly a jungle plant.
- It likes the humid climate and covered conditions found in that habitat.
- In its natural environment, it can act as a climbing plant, but in containers, it usually stays under 2′ tall.
- It can be quite a feat to coax the zebra plant into flowering, with at most two flowering sessions a year.
- Still, even when it’s not in bloom it’s lovely and well worth the effort!
- It likes rich soil that retains water but drains well.
- If you prefer to use potting mixes, I recommend going for an African violet potting mix.
- There’s enough water-absorbing material in those to keep the soil moist.
- You can blend 1 part coarse sand or perlite to 1 part garden soil and 2 parts peat moss for your own potting mix.
- You can opt for coconut coir instead of peat if you’d like and Leaf mold also works wonderfully.
- Your pH level should be in the moderately acid range (5.6-6.0) for the best growth.
- Try to avoid going too acidic on your soil for this plant. Be sure to test your soil pH to keep it in the right range.
- Zebra plants are hungry little things and those flowers take a lot of food to produce!
- During the growing seasons in spring and summer, aim for feeding every 1-2 weeks.
- It’s best to use a water-soluble, quick-release plant food to feed.
- Aim for a balanced fertilizer blend, diluted per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Don’t fertilize in the winter months.
- Zebra plants thrive when given bright, indirect light.
- While it can tolerate a bit of shade, it won’t flower as often or as long if it’s not given enough light.
- Be sure to avoid direct sunlight, as it can scorch your plant’s leaves.
- The perfect temperature for growing your zebra plant is between 65-80 degrees and this coincides with most people’s preferred indoor temperature range.
- Never allow your zebra plant to spend long in temperatures below 55 degrees as it can cause damage to the plant’s beautiful foliage.
- If you’re trying to grow your zebra plant outdoors, be sure that it’s in a sheltered location.
- Placement under a thick tree canopy or porch should work well.
- Growing in a greenhouse is an option as well to increase the humidity.
- Keep the soil consistently moist throughout the active growing season, and stay watchful.
- For best results, use filtered water that’s just above room temperature, as this mimics the temperature of typical rain.
- Keep your plant out of direct lines of vents and away from heaters.
- Mist its leaves, but only when you feel that the moisture will evaporate quickly.
- Try to avoid lots of standing water on the leaves whenever possible.