Aphelandra Squarrosa (Zebra Plant)

Scientific name: Aphelandra squarrosa
Common name(s): zebra plant
Origin: Brazil
Family: Acanthaceae
Light: bright filtered light
Watering: keep soil evenly moist, but not soggy. Some surface drying is alright, but do not allow to wilt.
Fertilizing: all-purpose mix every 2-3 months, a blossom booster mix when encouraging blooms.
Bright yellow long-lasting bracts of flowers may appear in the summer, provided enough light, and if given a “cool shock” of 40 degrees F for several weeks in the fall. The plant should also be allowed to become pot-bound prior to flowering. These plants need good humidity to stay healthy, placing them on a humidity tray is the easiest way to achieve this.

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