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Aphelandra squarossa is a Great Plant for Your Greenhouse

Posted October 6th, 2017 by Robin Nichols in

Common Name: Zebra Plant

Light Needs: High, indirect light.

Best Temperatures: Warm conditions of at least 65ºF (18ºC).

Water and Humidity Needs: The Zebra Plant needs abundant water spring to fall but make sure to allow it to dry between waterings in the winter. Maintain a high humidity environment.

Growing Guidelines: Use an all-purpose soil mix and fertilize twice a month from spring to fall. Cut the stems back drastically to just above the lowest node after flowering.

Common Problems: Spider mites and mealy bugs.

Propagation: Tip cuttings in late winter to early summer.

Comments: Leaves may fall after flowering.

Interesting Facts: The Zebra Plant got its name from the white stripes on its green-colored leaves similar to the stripes of a zebra. This popular evergreen shrub originated in the moist woodlands of tropical North, Central and South America. It makes a very attractive houseplant that rarely exceeds 12 inches (30 cm) tall. For decorating purposes, the Zebra Plant will look great in a white pot on a coffee table.

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