Calathea Zebrina, Zebra plant | Marantha Zebrina
Calathea zebrina, scientifically known as Goeppertia zebrina, is a stunning tropical houseplant native to Brazil’s rainforests. This plant is well-known for its striking and exotic appearance, with elongated, zebra-like stripes on its brilliant green leaves, making it a favorite among plant enthusiasts. Marantha zebrina is highly valued for its low-light tolerance and air-purifying properties, making it an ideal choice for indoor environments with indirect sunlight. Its distinctive foliage has earned it the moniker “Zebra Plant.” Its leaves also move throughout the day, opening in the morning and closing at night, which adds to its attractiveness. With its stunning appearance and air-purifying abilities, the Calathea zebrina adds both beauty and freshness to any interior.
- Light: Provide bright, indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sun, as it can scorch the leaves. Calathea zebrina naturally grows under the canopy of taller plants in its native rainforest habitat, so mimic these conditions by offering filtered light.
- Humidity: Marantha zebrina thrives in high humidity. Use a humidifier, place a tray of water with pebbles nearby, or mist the plant regularly to keep the humidity levels around 60% or higher.
- Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil feels dry, usually every 1-2 weeks. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.
- Soil: Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix to provide proper aeration and moisture retention.
- Fertilization: Feed your Calathea zebrina with a balanced, liquid fertilizer diluted to half-strength every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce or stop fertilization during the dormant winter months.