How to Grow and Care for Alocasia Zebrina

How to Grow and Care for Alocasia Zebrina -- The zebra plant, Alocasia zebrina, is a tropical houseplant appreciated for its zebra-like stems. The Alocasia zebrina is tough to find and tricky to grow since it is picky about its growth conditions. 

Plant Care


Wiping down your Alocasia zebrina's leaves every 1 to 2 weeks can assist to avoid dust formation and improve photosynthesis, leading in more vigorous growth. These are what's essential for growing Alocasia zebrina:


This tropical plant prefers bright, indirect sunshine for several hours. Position your zebrina immediately in front of a north or east-facing window to maximize the amount of light it gets. If you have a west or south-facing window, place the plant a couple of feet away from the window to prevent strong direct sunbeams.

Soil and Fertilizer

Your soil mix should be organically rich and well-draining. It's best to use an equal mix of potting soil, perlite or pumice, and coco peat. Fertilize your plant with a balanced houseplant fertilizer once a month during the spring and summer, in addition to a nutrient-rich soil mix. Follow the application and quantity instructions on the fertilizer box.


While this alocasia shouldn't be left in damp soil, it also doesn't do well in dry soil. Allow 1 inch of soil to dry slightly between waterings, then water well, allowing excess water to drain from the pot.

Temperature and Humidity

The Alocasia zebrina grows best in warm, slightly humid conditions, although it also grows well in regular home conditions, which are often dry.



Except for removing damaged, withering, or dead leaves, this plant does not require trimming. To cut the troublesome stem at its base, use sterilized pruning shears or snips, and wear gloves because this plant is toxic for human and pets.



The corms or subterranean root structures of Alocasia may be readily replicated by splitting, harvesting, and growing them. Both approaches need a mature and healthy plant and are best performed during routine repotting.

Follow these instructions to propagate through division:

- Remove the plant from its container and gently brush any extra soil away from the roots. Each plant will sprout from a single bulb.

- Separate the bulbs and roots from one another to divide the plant.

- Water thoroughly after planting the freshly separated plants in a well-draining potting mix. Place the plants in an area with bright, indirect light. 

Follow these instructions to propagate by growing corms

- Remove the plant from its container and gently brush any extra soil away from the roots.

- Look for little corms that will be linked to the plant's roots by digging around in the dirt. Cut the corms carefully from the roots at the base of the corm. The corms should be solid and spherical in shape. 

- Remove the corm's hard outer shell to reveal the light green interior, then set it in a container with wet sphagnum moss. Assemble the corm so that the pointed tip is up and the rough side is down.

- Close a small resealable plastic bag over the container to create a greenhouse-like atmosphere, and set the container in a spot with bright indirect light. 

- Unseal the bag for 10 to 15 minutes once a week to promote air movement. After a few weeks, you should notice roots or leaf emerging from the corms. 

- The young plants can be planted in a well-draining potting mix after the roots are at least 2 inches long. Return them to a bright, indirect light setting and maintain the soil uniformly wet.

Grow Alocasia Zebrina From Seed


- Remove the seeds from the dried seed pods.

- Sprinkle the seeds on top of a moistened peat-based potting mix.

- Top with a thin layer of wet potting mix.

- Keep warm and provide indirect light by covering with a transparent plastic bag or wrap.

- Mist occasionally to keep the environment wet.

- Cover it until the seed germinates, then expose it everyday for 15 minutes to an hour to provide fresh airflow.

- Germination might take anywhere from three weeks to three months.

Potting and Repotting


Alocasia zebrina loves to be root bound in a smaller container, thus repotting is not required every year. Repot Alocasia zebrina in a larger pot when the pot begins to seem tight or its roots begin to run rampant out of the drainage holes. Most plants are stressed by repotting, so water thoroughly the day before.

Common Pests & Plant Diseases


Spider mites, fungus gnats, and mealybugs are all attracted to the damp environment of Alocasia zebrina. This plant is also prone to root rot, which is generally caused by insufficient watering and soil drainage. Yellowing foliage, falling leaves, and brown mushy stems are all symptoms of root rot. 

Common Problems


However, when growing this tropical plant inside, it is common to face several issues:

Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves can be caused by root rot, overwatering, underwatering, low humidity, or a lack of light. To determine what is causing your plant's leaves to become yellow, examine its growth environment.

Curling Leaves

Curling leaves generally indicate a lack of moisture or humidity in your Alocasia zebrina. Keep your plant away from drafty windows or air vents, which can dry up the air, and don't let it dry out too much between waterings.

Dropping Leaves

Dropping leaves implies that something is wrong in your plant's growth environment. Dropping leaves can be caused by a lack of light, underwatering, overwatering, a lack of humidity, or root rot.

Drooping or Stem Bending

Droopy stems may signal that the plant's stems are waterlogged. Allow the soil to nearly entirely dry out (approximately 2/3 of the pot) to remedy this. Also, make sure you have enough drainage holes and that the dirt drains adequately. 

It can also indicate that the plant is deficient in water, nutrients, or light. If a stem seems to be injured due to substantial bending, you can wrap it with florist tape like a support bandage to help the plant recover its stem.

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