a.k.a Zebra Alocasia, Zebra Plant
Alocasia Zebrina Quick Overview
When kept indoors with proper care you can expect your Alocasia Zebrina to reach 45 to 90 centimetres in length.
Alocasia Zebrina prefer to be positioned in bright indirect light for best growth and require this to thrive. A sign your Alocasia Zebrina is getting too much light is leaves starting to yellow. This can be resolved by changing the position of your plant to somewhere that better suits its light requirements.
Alocasia Zebrina will perform best when in an area which maintains a temperature of 59-84˚F (15-29˚C). Being kept outside of this temperate range for prolonged periods of time can lead to poor plant health. Alocasia Zebrina go into a dormant state when in temperatures that reach below 59˚F (15˚C) and can lose some of its leaves.
Maintaining a high humidity will assist in keeping your Alocasia Zebrina happy and healthy. If your plant is housed in a spot with a humidity level consistently outside of this range click here for tips on how to increase or decrease humidity levels.
You can expect your Alocasia Zebrina to require water when the top two inches of soil is dry. When watering your Alocasia Zebrina be sure to water thoroughly allowing the water to drain completely. Aside from solely relying on the watering frequency to tell when your plant is thirsty, a tell tale sign that your Alocasia Zebrina needs water is when the stems and leaves start hanging down. During the dormant period (winter), reduce watering.
As a rule of thumb, your Alocasia Zebrina should be fertilized monthly during its growing season (spring to summer). This will assist in keeping your plant alive as well as promote healthy growth.
Alocasia Zebrina require a well aerated, peaty and well draining soil.
Diseases & Pests
The most common diseases and pests that you can encounter whilst caring for your Alocasia Zebrina are mealybugs, scale, aphids, and spider mites. For a wide range of information on combating a large range of indoor plant diseases and pests click here.
Alocasia Zebrina are considered to be toxic if eaten.