Alocasia Zebrina Care
The Alocasia zebrina is a tropical plant in the family Araceae. Although some growers find it hard to keep this plant happy indoors, under the right conditions, it can grow quite happily in most homes. The trick is to understand how it grows in its natural environment and try to mimic those conditions. Think filtered light, consistent moisture, and warm temperatures. Like all plants in the aroid family, the zebrina is a flowering plant although its blooms are not particularly interesting and it is considered rare for it to flower indoors.
This tropical plant appreciates several hours of bright, indirect sunlight. If you have a north- or east-facing window, position your zebrina directly in front of it to maximize the light it is receiving. If you have a west- or south-facing window, set the plant back from the window by a couple of feet to avoid any harsh direct sunbeams. You can also filter direct light with a sheer curtain or window film. This Alocasia is sensitive to leaf burn if it is exposed to too much light, but is also prone to dropping leaves if it is in low-light conditions.
When it comes to choosing the right soil, there are two things you need to keep in mind. First, Alocasias require lots of nutrients in order to thrive, and second, they are prone to root rot and cannot tolerate wet feet. This means that your soil mix should be rich in organic materials and well-draining. A mixture of equal parts potting soil, perlite or pumice, and coco peat is ideal.
While this Alocasia shouldn’t be left in soggy soil, it also doesn’t do well when its soil dries out. Ideally, the soil should stay consistently moist. Allow the top 1 inch of soil to dry slightly between waterings and then water well—allowing the excess water to drain from the pot.
Temperature and Humidity
The Alocasia zebrina does best in warm, slightly humid conditions—although it also does well in standard household conditions which tend to be on the dry side. That being said, if your plant is exhibiting curling leaves, crispy edges, or dropping leaves, it may require more humidity. Placing a small humidifier close to the plant, or moving it to a naturally humid room in your home like a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room are great ways to improve humidity. While this Alocasia usually does best grown indoors as a houseplant, it can be grown outdoors year-round in USDA zones 10 and 11.