What is Zebra plant?
As the name suggests, the Zebra plants, whether succulents or foliage plants, resemble the Zebra's stripes. Usually, the plants have dark green leaves with white or yellow veins. The plant is popular among gardeners for both its foliage and golden-yellow bracts that form its flowers.
Zebra plants are beautiful and temperamental indoor plants every gardening enthusiast ought to know. In this article, you will learn how to propagate and care for your zebra plants. Keep reading!
Intro to Zebra plants
A native of Brazil, Zebra plants are either upright blooming shrubs with shiny, dark green leaves with either yellow or white veins or succulents with smooth or warty white stripes. The Zebra plants grow and thrive in moist and not wet medium and produce yellow bracts during spring and summers. The plant, for this reason, is among the florists' favorite as a prized possession for both its colorful flowers and interesting foliage.
With the right care and attention, the zebra plant can thrive in temperate areas and do perfectly as an indoor plant. It can be quite challenging to care for an indoor Zebra plant but trust me; it’s no rocket science. Keep reading as the care tips get expounded in the subsequent sections. But first things first!
Types of Zebra Plants You can find in Hong Kong
A native of the Brazilian tropical forests, this type of Zebra plant is characterized by beautiful yellow bracts that bloom from late summer to early spring and last for up to six weeks and dark green leaves with white veins. Mature Aphelandra squarrosa can grow tall up to 6 ft for outdoor plants and up to 2 feet for indoor plants. They are non-toxic, but getting into contact with the plants' sap could irritate your skin.
The Calathea Zebra plants are beautiful, with large dark green leaves and stripes that could be pink, white, or yellow. Unlike in the Aphelandra squarrosa, Calathea zebra plants have stripes with an eye-catching feather-like pattern that make them outstanding. The plants can grow up to 3 feet wide and tall with good care.
The leaves grow from a common base, rising upwards in a straight manner and arc away when a new leaf emerges. New plants sprout at the base, which gardeners detach to propagate or leave in place to form lush green rosettes.
Native of South Africa, the Haworthia Zebra plants are miniature succulents that very easy to maintain at home as indoor plants. They do well at room temperature and your typical house humidity, so don't sweat it. They will are good in dry air. The leaves arising to form a rosette have firm and smooth skin with white stripes.
Like the fasciata counterpart, they are easy to grow and maintain. The only difference is that their stripes are warty and appear to be white spots that are a bit rough.