Zebra Plant

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Oct 092015
 

Aphelandra squarrosa
How to keep them thriving indoors in Melbourne!

Please Note: The information below is specific to this particular plant. For more detailed notes on the general growing conditions required for all indoor plants, check out our ‘Growing Indoor Plants Successfully’ factsheet.

Prized for its striking heavily marked leaves, the dark green contrasting vividly with the white or cream stripes. If you are disciplined and pinch out the growing tips you will be rewarded with a bushier plant, with more foliage. This will also increase the number of flowers you can get – lovely bright yellow flowers over summer.

Watering
Allow the top centimetre of potting mix to dry out in between watering over the warmer months and allow to almost fully dry out in between watering in the cooler months. Ensure pots are never sitting in water. In winter water with tepid or room temperature water.

Light
Bright indirect light. Avoid direct light.

Temperature and Humidity
Prefers temperatures over 15C, but can cope with short bouts of lower temperatures.

Does best with raised humidity, so keep plants away from ducts and outlets as both heating and air-conditioning reduce humidity. Ideally group indoor plants together as this helps create islands of humidity. Regular misting or a room humidifier helps, as does putting pots on feet or pebbles to ensure free drainage and allowing water to collect underneath.

Fertilising
An annual application of slow release fertiliser in late winter is usually enough.

Maintenance
In spring when growing, be disciplined and pinch out early growth to encourage a bushier habit if that is desired. After flowering, cut plants back to encourage it to bush out with new growth.
Shower or mist to keep leaves clean.

Repotting – only ever go up one pot size – do not overpot. Use regular, good quality potting mix.

Your pot plant should be flushed annually. This process flushes away the salts that build up in the potting mix. To flush the pot, water several times in succession, soaking the pot each time until water runs out of the bottom.

Problems
Not prone to insect attack. Just don’t let your Zebra Plant get too cold or too wet.