These zebra plants are from Brazil and their original rain forest habitats make it a perfect house plant. They are recognizable with their large dark green shiny leaves deeply veined in white or yellow, reminiscent of zebra stripes. Their brightly coloured flowers and bracts make for an amazing display.
A lot of light but no direct sunlight.
They need high humidity but they don’t like wet feet. So frequent watering (2-3 times a week) but in small quantities and fertilizer every two weeks. Use potting that drains well and keep it moist, not wet or leaves might fall.
During winter water less only once to twice a week and let the soil dry in between, no more fertilizer. Keep away from heat sources such as radiator or fireplace.
Summer is the time for bloom. The flowers die within days, but the colorful bracts can remain for months. Once these begin to die, they should be removed and the plant cut back to allow room for future new growth and the yearly cycle begins again.
Repotting happens in the spring when the roots grow out of the pot.
They are perfect for propagation. Remove the bottom leaves and stick the stem cuttings directly into potting medium or into a glass of water until new roots form.
Pot diameter: 17 cm