Calathea zebrina, a beautiful member of the marantaceae family, proudly displays its striped velvety leaves. This plant can grow to be quite tall and has a lot of leaves.
This plant is one of our favorites, even if it may be dramatic at times, because of its beautiful appearance and the fact that it is human and pet safe (non-toxic).
The zebra plant is quite easy to keep alive and lovely (as far as calatheas go), but it does require adopting a watering and misting routine (if needed).
Calathea Zebrina, Zebra Calathea South American native plant
Lighting: indirect sunlight, bright
Watering on a regular basis, increased humidity, and warm temperatures are all recommended.
Curling leaves, root root, spider mites, leaf yellowing, dark leaf tips are all common problems.
Toxicity: Humans and pets are considered non-toxic (read more here)
Calathea Zebrina Plant Care Instructions
Transporting the plant to its new home
Information on Toxicity
Insects and other common problems
Calathea Zebrina is a kind of Calathea.
This plant requires frequent watering, a warm temperature, indirect sunlight, and a high level of air humidity to thrive.
Bringing the Plant Back to the House
We understand that you are delighted to bring this beautiful plant home and want to put it next to your other plants, but we urge that you quarantine it for a week or two before bringing it closer to your other plants. This will prevent the spread of any pests or diseases. When you bring the plant home and during quarantine, inspect it thoroughly for any potential damage or sickness.
Your plant will need some time to adjust to its new surroundings, and you may notice some stress-related difficulties during this period (slight yellowing or dropping leaves). There’s no need to be concerned; these concerns should fade as the plant adjusts to its new surroundings.
Where Should You Put Your Plant in the Light?
Calathea zebrina will grow best in bright, indirect sunlight. It should not be exposed to direct sunlight since the leaves will be burned.
If the patterns on your zebra plant’s leaves start to fade, it’s because it’s getting too much light.
Calathea Zebrina Foliage Calathea Zebrina Foliage Watering and Misting Calathea Zebrina Foliage
When it comes to watering your zebra plant, how often should you do it?
To keep your plant robust and healthy, develop a solid watering pattern; most of the time, this involves watering 2-3 times per week during the summer and 1-2 times per week during the winter months.
Checking the soil on your plant on a daily basis and keeping a journal is the easiest technique to establish optimum watering schedule. Most of the time, the soil should be slightly moist, but not soggy. Make sure the top inch or two of soil is dry before watering the plant. Calatheas don’t like to sit in water, so don’t overwater them – this will quickly bring your plant into difficulty.
If you don’t water your zebra plant sufficiently, the leaves will curl and yellow.
When watering a zebra plant, what kind of water should you use?
Rainwater is fantastic. Bottled water, while certainly not the best option, is OK. If you’re using tap water, leave it to dechlorinate overnight. Is your water mineral-rich? To get rid of them, use a water filter.
Misting helps to increase the humidity in the air around the plant, which is something that all calatheas appreciate. Using a spray bottle, sprinkle the leaves with water on a regular basis (don’t overdo it; the leaves should not be moist).
The zebra plant, in particular, enjoys the sprinkling.
Calathea Zebrina is a fan of the humidity. This is one of the more “thirsty” calathea plants we have right now when it comes to humidity, which is why it has its own humidity tray. It will thrive in a space with a high level of humidity. If the room’s air humidity is low, you’ll need to raise the humidity around this plant.
It’s time to increase the humidity if you notice brown tips on your leaves.
Misting the plants — sprinkling them with water from a spray bottle – is the first step in keeping this plant happy.
A stone humidity tray (a tray filled with stones placed under or next to the plant and filled with water) is a practical and appealing alternative (better than misting). A humidifier placed close to the plant will also help.
Increasing your calathea collection or adding additional humidity-loving plants and placing them close to each other is our favorite way to boost humidity. As the water evaporates from one plant, it benefits the other.
Plant Maintenance / Cleaning
Although Calathea Zebrina does not accumulate dust as quickly as Calathea Ornata, it will still require cleaning from time to time.
If you’re working with smaller plants, a soft moist cloth would suffice; however, Calathea zebrina may grow rather tall and has dense foliage, so cleaning it with a cloth isn’t always optimal.
The problem can be solved by rinsing the plant under running lukewarm water. Work your way through the leaves with care. Allow the extra water to drain from the pot once you’re finished.