The Alocasia zebrina differs from many of its relatives in the Alocasia genus in that its zebra-striped stems are more valuable than its leaves.
This tropical aroid is from the Philippines. It is popular as a houseplant all over the world, but in some places it can also be grown outside. Alocasia zebrina is hard to find and hard to grow because it has picky needs for how it grows.
Introducing About The Alocasia Zebrina
So, if you want an easy-care houseplant, this probably isn’t the right one for you. But if you’re up to the challenge, the zebrina can be a fun indoor plant to grow and care for, and it’s sure to be a beautiful addition to any space.
|Botanical Name||Alocasia zebrina|
|Common Name||Zebra plant, zebrina Alocasia, tiger taro (gabing tigre)|
|Plant Type||Perennial, bulb|
|Mature Size||3 ft. tall (indoors), 3 ft. wide (indoors)|
|Soil Type||Moist but well-draining|
|Soil pH||Acidic, neutral|
|Bloom Time||Spring, summer|
|Flower Color||Green, white|
|Hardiness Zones||10-11, USA|
|Toxicity||Toxic to pets1|
Alocasia Zebrina Care
Alocasia zebrina is a plant from the genus Alocasia in the family Araceae. Some gardeners find it hard to keep this plant happy inside, but if the conditions are right, it can do well in most homes.
The plan is to find out how it grows in its natural environment and try to copy that. Think about filtered light, getting enough water, and keeping the temperature comfortable.
The zebrina is a flowering plant in the aroid family. Its flowers aren’t particularly interesting, and it doesn’t usually bloom indoors.
Wiping the leaves of your Alocasia zebrina every one to two weeks can help prevent dust from building up and improve photosynthesis, which will lead to stronger growth.
If your window faces west or south, put the plant a few feet away from the window to protect it from strong direct sunlight.
You can also block direct light with a sheer curtain or window film. If this aloe gets too much light, its leaves can get burned. If it doesn’t get enough light, its leaves can fall off.
This means that your mixture of soil should have a lot of organic matter and drain well. It’s best to use an equal amount of cocopeat, perlite or pumice, and potting soil.
This alocasia should not be kept in soil that is either too wet or too dry. The soil should be wet all the time, if possible.
Let the top inch of soil dry out a bit between waterings before giving it a good drink and letting the extra water drain out of the pot.
Temperature and Humidity
The Alocasia zebrina grows best in warm, slightly humid environments, but it also thrives at home, where it is usually dry.But if your plant’s leaves are bending, have crunchy edges, or are falling off, it may need more humidity.
To boost humidity, place a small humidifier near the plant or move it to a naturally humid room in your home, such as the bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room. This alocasia does best as a houseplant, but in USDA zones 10 and 11, it can be grown outside all year.
Propagating Alocasia Zebrina
Plant propagation is a great way to make new plants and give them to friends and family. This alocasia is easy to grow again by dividing it or by digging it up and growing its corms.
(Corms are the underground stems of plants that grow from the roots.) Both methods work best with a mature, healthy plant and are best done when repotting.
Follow these steps if you want to spread by splitting.
- Take the plant out of its pot and gently remove any excess soil from the roots. Each plant will be growing from an individual bulb.
- Divide the plant by separating the bulbs and roots from one another.
- Pot the newly separated plants in a well-draining potting mix and water thoroughly. Place the plants in a location that receives bright, indirect light.
Follow these steps to grow new plants from corms.
- Take the plant out of its pot and gently remove any excess soil from the roots.
- Dig around in the soil for small corms, which will be attached to the roots of the plant. Carefully cut the corms from the roots at the base of the corm. The corms should be firm and round.
- Peel the hard outside husk of the corm to expose the light green center and place the corm in a container with moistened sphagnum moss. Ensure that the corm is facing up with the pointy tip up and the rough side down.
- Put a small resealable plastic bag over the container and close it to create a greenhouse-like environment, and place the container in a location that receives bright indirect light.
- Once a week, unseal the bag for 10-15 minutes to encourage oxygen flow. After a couple of weeks, you should begin to see roots and/or foliage growing from the corms.
- When the roots are at least 2 inches long, the new plants can be potted in a well-draining potting mix. Return them to a location with bright, indirect light and keep the soil evenly moist.
Common Pests & Plant Diseases
Spider mites, fungus gnats, and mealybugs all thrive in the damp environment that Alocasia zebrina provides.
This plant is also prone to root rot, which happens when the soil doesn’t get enough water or drains well enough. Root rot causes leaves to turn yellow and fall off and causes stems to turn brown and become soft.
Common Problems With Alocasia Zebrina
It’s not unusual to run into a few problems when growing this tropical plant indoors. Watch out for these common problems.
Look at the plant’s growth environment to find out why its leaves are turning yellow.
Most of the time, curling leaves mean that your Alocasia zebrina doesn’t have enough water or humidity. Between waterings, let your plant dry out, and keep it away from drafty windows or air vents, which can dry out the air.
Dropping leaves is an indicator that something is wrong in your plant’s growth environment. Lack of light, too much or too little water, too little or too much humidity, or root rot can all cause leaves to fall off.
Is Alocasia zebrina fast-growing?
Under ideal conditions, it is a fast-growing plant that may produce a new leaf every 1 to 2 weeks throughout the active growth season.
Why is my Alocasia zebrina not growing?
If your plant isn’t growing, it could be because it doesn’t get enough light, water, or fertilizer. Remember that this Aloe needs bright, indirect light, regular watering, and fertilizer once a month in the spring and summer.
Can I propagate Alocasia zebrina by leaf cuttings?
Other tropical aroids, such as pothos and some philodendrons, can be grown from leaf cuttings, but not alocasias. If you want your Alocasia zebrina to grow more plants, you must either split it or dig up its corms and grow them.