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Calathea Zebrina is an difficult to care houseplant that requires indirect sunlight.
The calathea zebrina plant also known as zebra plant that could be found in your home.
Belongs to the family of Marantaceae. The plant is a tropical plant. The plant is also known as prayer plant. It is originated from native Brazil. The plant has a unique feature as of prayer plants-the leaves of the plant folds during the night.
The plant is difficult to grow indoors but it's definitely a worth. The plant would grow beautifully if you put some efforts. The plant needs moderate amount light, water and extreme care.
This is a high maintenance plant. The plant looks stunning with broad leaves and stout red stems.
The best way to grow the plant is on the ground. They need space as they don't like to be bound in a pot.
When grown in a forest the plant usually loves the shade. The plant needs indirect sunlight. Don't put the plant under direct sunlight.
If you are planting it indoors then put in a room of bright light.
They love the humid environment.
Water the plant to keep the soil moist. Water with 5 to 6 cups a day during summer and reduce watering during winters. Make sure that you never let the soil dry out in between during watering.
Use distilled and pure water to prevent your plant getting highly acidic.
They love humid soil. The soil requires abundant water during the growing season. A well-draining soil would be perfect.
Maintaining the moist of the soil is a tedious task but not impossible. Observe the plant properly whether it needs repotting or not. Repoting the plant once in every year is important.
While repotting you can add a mix of African violet mix for nurturing.
The flowers are purple and white in color. The flowers bloom during the spring.
The leaves of the plant are in various colors making the flowers less attractive.
The average height of the plant is around 10 to 37 inches. The leaves of the plant are around 16 inches (around 2 feet) long. The leaves rise from the center straight up until a new one grows. The leaves have two colors-dark green over the top while red below the leaf.
If your plant is getting lousy then add some organic fertilizers. Fertilize the plant during its growing season. Add some peat-based mix and diluted fertilizers to the plant between 2 to 3 weeks.
These are one of the beautiful plants to decorate your house with. The different varieties of leaves just add color in your house.
The plant is helpful to remove pollutants from your home. Although the plant needs a delicate touch. They have healing properties. They can treat your skin problems and burns.
The plant is non-poisonous
The plant is non-poisonous to cats and dogs
The plant may get subjected to aphids and mites. Use half-strength pest controllers on it. Having zebra pattern markings on the leaves means it has on it.
You can use alcohol or organic pesticides to remove them.