Alocasia zebrina

Gabing Tigre, Zebra pant, Stripped Elephant Ears Plant

(3 customer reviews)

Looking for a plant that will make a stylish addition to your home? Look no further than the Alocasia zebrina! This beautiful South East Asian species is currently all the rage, and it’s easy to see why. With its gorgeous patterned stems and glossy green leaves, the Alocasia zebrina is sure to add a touch of sophistication to any space.

And not only is it aesthetically pleasing, but the Alocasia zebrina is also relatively easy to care for. It prefers bright indirect light and consistent temperatures between 15-25 degrees Celsius. So if you’re looking for a plant that’s both beautiful and low-maintenance, the Alocasia zebrina is the perfect choice!

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Origin: Philipines
Genus: Alocasia
Species / Cultivar: zebrina
Common Name: Gabing Tigre, Zebra pant, Stripped Elephant Ears Plant

Plant Biography

The Alocasia originates from the tropical forests of Philippines and gets its name from its huge elephant-like leaves. The name in Tagalog means the “tiger taro” due to its stripes and resemblance to the Colocasia family which have an edible corm.

Harvesting of the Alocasia zebrina from the wild is strictly forbidden as the plant has been added to the Red List of endangered species. As a matter of fact, if you attempt to collect one from the wild in Phillipines, it can land you in prison for 6 to 10 years! Luckily, the Alocasia zebrina is easily accessible in cultivation and prized as an indoor plant.

Alocasia zebrina
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Temperature: 15 - 25°C
Temperature range at which this plant is healthiest and grows best.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Final Size: Tall
Final size will work as a large stand-alone specimen plant.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Eventual Height: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 1.2m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The ideal temperature for this plant is around 20 degrees throughout the year. Water regularly, whenever top few cm of soil feels dry: but tip away any excess at the bottom of the cover pot or tray as the Alocasia doesn’t like to have wet feet.

As the plant can get to considerable sizes in a very short time, make sure to give it plenty of room to expand. When happy, the plant will put out quite a few leaves in a very short span of time. While it grows, the weakest leaves are usually dropped and new ones will emerge. This is because the plant cannot support more than 4-5 leaves at a time.

Feed in spring to late summer with a houseplant fertiliser.

Mist your Zebra plant every other day to ensure the leaves stay a lush green and dust does not clog the pores of the leaves.

Expert Tip

When looking for a place for the Alocasia zebrina, a good place is high on a plant stand or a countertop to exhibit the beautifully patterned stems and drooping lustrous leaves. Do not overcrowd the area around the stems and allow the plant to be an architectural focal point.
Repotting your zebrina

Repotting your zebrina

It may come as a surprise, but Zebrina actually enjoys staying a bit pot bound, so don’t rush repotting it. Repot it only when roots come out at the bottom of the pot and are big enough to push the plastic nursery pot upwards.

Choose a slightly larger pot, and backfill with houseplant compost. Water thoroughly to ensure good contact with the new soil.

A sun loving plant

A sun loving plant

The Zebra Plant needs a lot of sunlight. Place it in a brightly lit spot, away from direct sunlight though. In a South facing room, place it in indirect light, while in a East facing room it can stay near the window.

While direct sunlight will burn the leaves, a tell tale sign that there’s too much sun, is the leaves become a slightly yellow. As the plant grows, it will try to get as much sunlight as possible, growing longer and longer stems if there is not enough sunlight.

The Alocasia zebrina has the tendency to grow towards the light. Rotating it every month by 90 degrees will ensure that the plant grows upwards, instead of slanted in the direction of the light.

I am absolutely delighted with this plant. It is far bigger thank I dared hope and arrived very carefully packed, in first class order . Delivery was very speedy as well; maybe 2 days, if that.

Frances H.

I am absolutely delighted with this plant. It is far bigger thank I dared hope and arrived very carefully packed, in first class order . Delivery was very speedy as well; maybe 2 days, if that.

3 customer reviews for Alocasia zebrina

I am absolutely delighted with this plant. It is far bigger thank I dared hope and arrived very carefully packed, in first class order . Delivery was very speedy as well; maybe 2 days, if that.

Many thanks. Will certainly uses Plant Centre again.

Frances H.

Ordering & delivery were great, kept informed by email at all times. The plant was strong & healthy when it arrived with minor damage to one leaf. However, it only stands 38cm top leaf to bottom of pot which is a lot smaller than the 60 to 80cm that was advertised. My son was a bit disappointed with the size but loved the plant in general


spot on service well packet plant very good buy

David M.