Calathea Zebrina Care
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.
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.
A peat based potting mix is required. 2 parts peat and 1 part perlite is one mixture that will be fine.
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.
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.
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.
Propagate by division when the plant matures. After re-potting the divided plants do not over water.