Indoor Plants and Flowers Care HOUSE PLANT CARE FOR APHELANDRA - Care of Aphelandra Plant

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Aphelandra Houseplant Care
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Aphelandra plant is used as both a foliage houseplant and a flowering indoor plant. Also called Zebra plant, it has large, silver-veined leaves that provide an attractive foliage display throughout the year.

Aphelandra squarrosa house plant


Additionally, for about six weeks there will be a showy flower composed of bracts. This is a golden-yellow flower on Aphelandra squarrosa with ivory-veined foliage. Aphelandra aurantica has an orange-scarlet bloom and smaller, grey-veined leaves. Both are very attractive plants.

The plant pictured here is Aphelandra squarrosa, the aphelandra generally used as an indoor potted plant. Sometimes called Zebra plant, it has a showy, yellow bract when in bloom.

Houseplant questions or problems? You can send a houseplant question but before you do, please read this information on watering your indoor houseplants, how to help keep your house plant's root system healthy and lighting for your houseplants. These are most important for your house plant's health and this is some of the information I will refer you to when you send an email.

Aphelandra aurantica is not sold for use as an indoor plant, as far as I am aware, but I have included a picture at the bottom of this page. This one was found growing in the Manoa Valley on the island of Oahu.

Aphelandra plant has been a long time houseplant favorite but is not always easy to keep under normal household conditions. Called Zebra plant because of the prominent stripes on the foliage, Aphelandra requires a bright light situation. Bright, indirect, filtered light is preferable. Morning sun is tolerated but keep out of very hot sunny locations.

Aphelandra plant often become leggy and leafless when kept in the home under less than optimal conditions. You may be able to avoid this by keeping them in bright light. Do not allow the soil to dry out completely and provide adequate humidity and temperatures.

Cutting back stems as they become leggy and pinching out new growth tips occasionally can help keep your Aphelandra plant full. As with most plants, the water required will be less in the winter.

Watering Aphelandra

When watering Aphelandra do not keep excessively wet. Potting media should be moist but not soggy. Allow Aphelandra to dry about one quarter of the way down from the top and it should do well. Please see sections on watering and lighting for more on the most important parts of your houseplant care.

Flower on aphelandra squarrosa plant

Aphelandra squarrosa

Other Care Information - To avoid problems with your Aphelandra plant, never let the soil dry completely, keep the plant out of cold drafts and do not place in hot, sunny locations. Aphelandra should be kept in average temperatures, 60 - 80 degrees F.

Extra humidity is needed and you can place on a shallow tray filled with water and pebbles to keep the pot out of the water. As this water evaporates it will provide extra humidity. Grouping with other plants will also raise the humidity levels as will placing in a room that naturally has more moisture, like the bathroom, kitchen or some type of closed container or terrarium.

As with most plants, the water required will be less in the winter. Please be sure to check out the sections on watering your indoor plants and lighting for your plants.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon as plant care information, pictures and more are being added all of the time. I hope that your indoor tropical plants and all of your plants and flowers are happy, green and growing because that is why I started this site

Aphelandra House Plant and Flower


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