Zara The Alocasia Zebrina



Also known as the Elephant ear plant, Alocasia zebrinas are native to the tropical forests of South East Asia.


Zara prefers a bright well lit room. Her leaves will burn in any direct midday sun but morning or evening filtered sun welcomed. Zara is not low light tolerant and may struggle in a room that doesn’t receive much light.


In the summer months Zara may need watering once or twice a week, in the winter she will need much less. Getting the balance may be tricky as she won’t like his soil to completely dry out or be too soggy. Every week check the first 2-3 inches of the soil and make sure it is dry before watering.


Zara is a humidity loving plant. She will benefit from slightly higher humidity levels. To increase humidity, use a humidifier and mist every 2-3 days  Using a pebble tray underneath Zara’s pot this will also help raise humidity levels.


The perfect indoor temperature for Zara is between 18-25ºC degrees celsius. As long as the indoor temperature doesn't dip lower than 18°C Zara will be happy.


Zara requires rich fertile soil to thrive. Fertilise every 2-4 weeks in the months from March-September.


Repot her every two years to give her more room to grow. You can check the bottom of the nursery pot. If you can see his roots sticking out the bottom it's time to repot.



 Brown edges and drooping -The crispy or dry edges are a sign that Zara is lacking humidity. This is usually followed by dropping and the occasional yellowing leaf. Increase humidity levels by misting her foliage every 2-3 days or move her to a bathroom.

Drooping leaves - Zara prefers her soil to be semi moist without drying out completely between each water. When the soil dries out Zara leaves will start to droop and this will indicate that she needs a drink. If the first few inches of soil is bone dry to touch water Zara lightly. Pour out the excess water from her decorative pot, avoid letting Zara still in any extra water.

Yellow leaves -  The yellow leaves could be a sign of overwatering. Always check the first three inches of the soil before watering. Alocasia Zebrina is not drought tolerant and will like the soil to be consistently moist but not soaking.


Top tip 1: If Zara seems to be in stress without proper cause, take her out of her pot and remove all the soil from around her roots. Place her in a vase of water for a couple of weeks. This helps her re-set and return to good health.

Top tip 2: Don’t panic if Zara loses a couple of leaves when first brought home. She is getting used to her new environment. 

Top tip 3: If Zara is dropping a lot of her leaves, this could be a sign she is making room for new growth. She is a fast grower and her leaf turnover is high.