The Alocasia Zebrina is a beautiful tropical plant. Its large leaves really stand out, but so do its beautiful zebra-like stems. It’s not the easiest plant to take care of though and it will drop leaves from time to time. Luckily this is normal and is nothing to worry about. If you take good care of this plant, it’ll only drop its old leaves to make space for large new leaves.
Light: Thrives best in well lit, bright conditions, however direct sunlight will scorch the leaves.
Water: Keep the compost moist with warm water. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Little and often is a good approach.
Temperature: Needs to be kept warm, ideally between 18-22°C.
Humidity: Needs a moist environment with above average humidity. Stand on a pebble tray to improve humidity and mist frequently. Pop it near the shower for a while to give it an occasional boost if required. Ideal in kitchens and bathrooms.
Feed: Apply a slow release fertiliser once a month during the growing season
Care Tips: Alocasia have a dormant period where leaves will fade and die so do not be alarmed when this happens. During this period, the plants will require less water, so simply moisten the soil from time to time.
Height and Growth Rate: 45-90cm. Alocasia are fast growing in the right conditions.
Toxicity: These plants are harmful if eaten and are a skin and eye irritant. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
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