Calathea zebrina, also known as a Zebra Plant, can be very fussy plants. If you’re a new plant parent, I would suggest starting with an easier houseplant. As Calathea plants are known to be drama queens!
Despite their difficulty to care for, they make beautiful houseplants. With their distinctive leaves with bright green zebra-like stripes. They are an extremely eye catching plant and add a lot of colour to your houseplant collection.
They must be kept moist, don’t let the soil dry out. However, they also do not like to sit in wet soil. The best way is to water little but often, and be sure to check the soil before watering.
Calathea’s are tropical plants are need high humidity. To increase the humidity you can place it near a humidifier, mist frequently or place on a wet pebble tray.
As for the lighting, Calathea’s like to have bright, indirect light, this will enhance the colours on its leaves. However if you place your Zebra Plant directly in front of bright light, it may loose it’s markings.
Common name: Zebra plant
Botanical name: Calathea Zebrina
Toxicity: Not known to be toxic
Growth rate: Fast growing
Air purifying: No
Temperature: Warm to high
Misting: Mist frequently (daily to weekly)
Light: Bright, indirect light.
Water: Little and often, check the soil a couple of times a week. Keep the soil moist.
Want to check another plant? Click here to go back to A-Z Houseplant Care
Click here to get your copy of the Plant Planner.