The Zebra Alocasia has disinctive striped stems and glossy deep green spearhead shaped foliage. It stays relatively small for Alocasia, usually reaching a maximum height of under a metre indoors.
Take care to keep temperatures high and keep watering consistent, and you'll find these are pretty easy plants to care for.
Native to the Philippines, Alocasia zebrina is a tropical plant accustomed to plenty of heat, humidity, and strong solar radiation.
Alocasia are tuberous plants and produce white flowers typical of the Araceae family (which look similar to those of a Peace Lily), though it rarely does so indoors unless conditions and care are just right.
The accepted botanical name is Alocasia zebrina. It's commonly known as Zebra Elephant Ear, Zebra Stem Alocasia.
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The most important aspect to the health of any house plant is finding a spot which meets it’s basic needs for light, temperature and water.
Perfecting the environment and ensuring long-term care needs are met will take your plant from surviving to thriving.
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Zebra Elephant Ears usually hold on to 5-7 leaves, and will kill off the outer leaves as new ones emerge. All Alocasia enter winter dormancy and may kill of some or even all of their leaves if your house temperature dips low for too long. Fear not - the bulb is still alive, ready to jump back to life come the Spring. Keep the pot relatively dry throughout winter, and begin watering when you see new growth appearing.
These can be planted outdoors in the UK, but the first frost will kill off all leaves. You should then cover with plenty of insulation to prevent frost damage to the tuber, or dig up and store inside until the danger of frost has passed.
When the plant is mature, it will produce pups. You can leave these to grow, or very carefully cut them away from the parent plant to create a new plant.
In the UK these can usually cope with a full-sun spot, but they will require more carefull attention to watering and humidity, and particularly hot summer sun may scorch the leaves. Elephant Ears will be happy indoors from a sunny spot all the way down to light shade.
Alocasia have a dramatic tendency to reach towards the light, so rotate the plant frequently to prevent it all leaning in one direction.
In the wild or planted outdoors Alocasia prefer continually moist soil, but be sure the soil stays warm and is never soggy. It's best to water with tepid, pure water if possible.
High humidity will keep the foliage at its best, but it's not an absolute necessity. If spraying, do so with warm water and make sure water doesn't pool on the leaves. Don't spray when temperatures are low.
These are very sensitive to low temperatures. While leaves won't usually die back until they get to around 6º, they will enter dormancy and may become sickly and yellow when temperatures dip continuously below around 12º. Keep at 15º or above throughout the growth season.
Alocasia can be fussy, but once you've found the right spot they're usually very easy to care for. They're not a fan of drafts or of being moved around too much, so once you find a spot it's happy in try to leave it there!
All Alocasia plants contain calcium oxalate crystals which are an irritant to skin and mucous membranes. Keep away from pets and children, and if you get any sap on your skin wash with soapy water to prevent irritation.