Alocasia zebrina care guide

In this guide you'll learn: How to care for your Alocasia zebrina plant and
answers to FAQs to keep your plant happy

Alocasia zebrina, or Zebra plant, is a stunning houseplant with bold and unique foliage, making it a true standout! This exotic, rare and easy-to-care-for houseplant originates from the tropical forests of Southeast Asia, where it thrives in humid, shady and verdant climates. Its striking arrow-shaped leaves have dark green patterns that resemble the stripes of a giraffe or zebra, making it a lovely addition to any home.

Tips for nurturing your Alocasia zebrina


The Alocasia zebrina enjoys bright, indirect sunlight, so a position near a window is ideal. It is essential to keep the plant in an area that does not receive direct sun, as this could cause the leaves to scorch.


This plant prefers warm temperatures between 18-24°C (64-75°F) during the day and can tolerate temperatures as low as 12°C (54°F) at night. When it is particularly cold, placing a heater near the plant is a good idea.

Soil Type and drainage

This tropical houseplant is a heavy feeder, so opt for potting soil that is rich in nutrients and amended with perlite for better drainage.


The Alocasia zebrina enjoys high humidity levels, so it’s a good idea to mist the plant daily. Alternatively, setting the pot on a platter or tray filled with pebbles and water will help to increase the humidity.


Water the potting mix when it has just dried out, essentially aiming to keep it slightly moist but not soggy. During and after watering, make sure to keep an eye out for any fungal diseases, as this type of houseplant is particularly sensitive to fungal infestations.


This plant is toxic to both humans and animals, so it’s essential to keep it out of reach of children and pets.


During the growing season (usually from spring through to autumn), feed your Alocasia zebrina with a water-soluble houseplant food mixed to half-strength once a month. This will ensure your plant has the energy it needs to grow.

Troubleshooting Pests, Diseases, and Common Problems


The Alocasia zebrina is not immune to pests and can be vulnerable to mealy bugs, scale, and spider mites. If any of these pests do appear, use insecticidal soap to treat the problem.


This plant is susceptible to fungal infections, especially if it is overwatered or kept in an overly damp environment. Watch for signs of black or brown spots on the leaves, as this often indicates an infection. If this occurs, reduce watering and consider repotting in fresh soil.

Common Problems

The Alocasia zebrina can sometimes be susceptible to yellowing or browning of the leaves. If this occurs, it usually indicates over-watering or too much direct sun. If the leaves start to yellow, reduce water and check it is not receiving direct sunlight.


Growing your own Alocasia zebrina plants is remarkably simple – all you need is a healthy leaf and a few moist perlite particles. Simply cut the leaf from the mother plant, ensuring a stem is still attached. Next, carefully cut the leaf into four sections, ensuring each piece has a stem. Once the four pieces are ready, place them on top of moist perlite and lightly press them down. It is vital to keep the perlite moist, so mist the pot every few days. With patience, the little leaves will start to form roots in about two weeks, and after just two months, you can transfer your new baby plants into pots with soil.

Final Thoughts

The Alocasia zebrina is an exotic and very unique houseplant, offering beautiful foliage and easy-care instructions. It requires warm temperatures, bright indirect light, good soil drainage and weekly misting or pebble trays in order to really thrive. If you are looking for a show-stopping houseplant, then this is the one for you!

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A passionate plant lover and houseplant connoisseur with a rich family background in horticulture. With experience in plant nurseries and garden centers, Jonathan has cultivated a diverse collection of leafy friends and explored native flora on adventures such as trips to South America. His mission is to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for plants, creating a greener and happier world for all.

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