Alocasia zebrina: the popular zebra plant

The alocasia zebrina is a houseplant that is enjoying increasing popularity these days. And that's not surprising at all, because with the striking appearance of the alocasia zebrina, the plant makes a very good impression on, for example, social media. Everyone who sees the houseplant actually immediately thinks "what a nice, unusual plant". But how does that come about? Well, it's not that difficult. Because the alocasia zebrina is characterized by its pronounced spots on the stem: the shaft of the plant is somewhat yellowish or beige, while the spots are dark green. This gives the plant a very exotic look. The alocasia zebrina is thus bound to be a eye-catcher and will always be a tasteful addition to your home. And maybe you already figured it out, but the name alocasia zebrina is there for a reason. The stripes of the plant are very similar to the stripes of a zebra, which have approximately the same pattern on their fur. And that's not the only reference to an animal that characterizes the alocasia zebrina. The trendy houseplant is also called elephant ear, because its leaves can grow as big as elephant ears. That is, the species found in the wild of course. 

The positioning of alocasia zebrina

Good, you've decided you want one too, one of those alocasia zebrina. But the care can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Of course, you have to take that into account, because the alocasia zebrina tolerates negligent maintenance very poorly. So you will need to keep a close eye on whether your alocasia zebrina is enjoying itself and whether your care is adequate. To start, it's helpful to know a little about its location. After all, the alocasia zebrina is native to Asia. At least that's where the plant is most common. And in the areas where the alocasia zebrina grows, there is plenty of sunshine. So it is important to put your own zebra plant in the sun (literally and figuratively). Even in the full sun this plant survives very well. Therefore, turn it around a bit at a time so that all spots are well lit. As for the pot in which you put the alocasia zebrina: it doesn't really matter. You can choose the pot you like, there are no special requirements for this plant. 

Watering the alocasia zebrina

So the alocasia zebrina needs plenty of sun, just like in the wild where it grows. But what about watering? Often there can be quite a difference in the amount of water plants need. How much does the alocasia zebrina need? You may already feel it coming, but because of its tropical, natural habitat, the zebra plant needs quite a bit of water. This is because in the jungle-rich forests where the plant normally grows, rain falls in abundance. Day in and day out, the jungles of Southeast Asia are kept moist by rainstorms that swarm on them throughout the season. Now it is not necessary to constantly water your own alocasia zebrina, but you do need to make sure that the potting soil stays wet most of the time. And as with anything, "too" is too much. So do not give the alocasia zebrina too much water because then you run the risk of root rot. And of course you want to avoid that at all times. Are there other things you should know when it comes to watering? Yes there is! Make sure the dosage is limited. In other words, make sure you give small amounts at a time and that you do not flood the plant with water. The alocasia zebrina prefers lukewarm water, but certainly not too cold! That way, the leaves will remain beautiful!

Feeding and growth of alocasia zebrina

So the alocasia zebrina needs a lot of water. But are you done then as far as care is concerned? Well, not quite no. Because the alocasia zebrina also likes it when you regularly spray it with water and not just pour it directly on the soil. This mimics the tropical environment where the plant normally is. In addition, it is also advisable to give it some food now and then in the form of nutrient pellets. As for growth, it is highly recommended to cut off the old leaves when they become old and start to corrode. This way, the alocasia zebrina will not continue to expend energy in far-reaching glory. So as you can see, there is still quite a bit involved in the care of the alocasia zebrina. But it is worth it 100%, because such a unique houseplant, there are not many of them.