The funky foliage of the alocasia zebrina will do well if given the right high-humidity needs…
Alocasia Zebrina Summary
|Light needs:||Medium to bright indirect sunlight|
|Watering needs:||Water when the top layer of soil is dry.|
|Fertilizer:||A balanced fertilizer every 2 or 3 weeks in spring and summer.|
|Soil:||A good peat based or similar potting compost with added perlite|
|Where to buy:||Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.|
|Other names:||Zebra Alocasia.|
|Common issues:||Root rot from overwatering.|
The alocasia zebrina is natively from Southeast Asia, and is known for it’s striking pointed leaves. Like all alocasias it is a humidity loving rhizomatous plant. It has some special care needs but in general is straight forward to care for…
Medium to bright indirect sunlight is the best range of light for an alocasia zebrina.
How Often to Water
Check your zebrina once a week but only water if the top layer of soil is dry.
Use a balanced fertilizer every 2 or 3 weeks in the spring and summer.
The best soil for an alocasia zebrina is a good peat based or similar potting compost with some added perlite for drainage. They like a well-draining potting matter.
When To Repot
If the plant has become really root bound you can pot it up a container size. The best time to do this is in Spring.
60-70% is ideal humidity for an alocasia zebrina. This is above normal household humidity, so it is a good idea to at least mist them a few times a week. They will thank you for it!
Ideal temperature is 18-25ºC (64-77ºF), which means they’ll do well in most households.
Where To Buy
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FAQs and Common Problems
Root rot from overwatering is a big problem for alocasias, so make sure you only water if it is mostly dry and make sure it is in a very well draining potting medium.
Look out for pests on those big leaves.
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