Aphelandra squarrosa - the zebra plant - is a species in the family Acanthaceae, native to the Atlantic Forests of Brazil and often used as a house plant.
It likes lots of light, but not direct. It does not bloom often, but blooming can be encouraged by prolonged daily exposure to light. It is also very sensitive to moisture content : too much or too little water will cause the lower leaves to brown and possibly fall off.
The plant flourishes when the temperature is in the range of 18-21 °C (65-70 °F); and will suffer if the temperature drops below 15 °C (60 °F) for a prolonged periods.
Sowing & planting
30 - 45
Plant my zebra plant
Plant preferably between September and the end of November or between March and the end of April, when the winter reserves are formed and the temperatures are not too low.
Bury the roots a few centimeters so that the foliage is flush. Fill and pack well around the plant so as not to leave a pocket of air.
Water copiously just after planting.
If you are planting in a pot, use one whose volume corresponds to that of the plant, otherwise you will have to water it too often. You can use gravel at the bottom under mixture of soil, compost or compost for better drainage.
Water my zebra plant
Water regularly in the first weeks. Try to avoid watering on sunny afternoons to minimize the amount of moisture lost to evaporation. If your plant is in a pot, check the top soil in the pot either by looking at it or touching it with your finger. In any case, if it hasn’t rained in a month, water !
Shelter my zebra plant
You have to shelter or protect this plant for the winter season.
Put outside my zebra plant
Take your potted plant out right after the last frosts.