Calathea Zebrina

Description

Calathea zebrina, the zebra plant, is a species of plant in the family Marantaceae, native to southeastern Brazil. Under the synonym Goeppertia zebrina this plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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Calathea Zebrina Care

Overview

Humidity
More than 70%
Light
Low
Soil
Mix soil
Temperature
15 - 24
Watering
Medium

Humidity

Like many tropical indoor plants, your Calathea Zebrina plant prefers a spot with ample humidity. If leaf edges begin to curl or brown, mist them with lukewarm water on a regular basis. Your bathroom or kitchen are perfect spots for this plant because these areas tend to be more humid.

Light

Indirect sunlight is best suited for this species. Direct sun will damage the leaves and low light will slow growth, so a bit of balance is required.

Soil

A peat based potting mix is required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture that will be fine.

Temperature

Your Calathea Zebrina enjoys the warmth, preferably between 65-85 degrees, so maintain indoor temperatures above 60 degrees. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

Watering

For best results, water your Calathea Zebrina deeply and then allow the top 1" of soil to slightly dry out between waterings. However, extended periods of dryness can result in brown leaf tips or edges. Overwatering will cause the plant to wilt and it will recover slowly.

Fertilizing

For best results, use a general houseplant fertilizer with iron every four weeks during the spring and summer. No fertilizer is necessary for the winter when plant growth naturally slows.

Propagation

Propagate by division when the plant matures. After re-potting the divided plants do not over water.