Zebra Philodendron

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  • Dramatic Tropical Foliage
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • High Humidity
  • Mature Height 3 Feet

Philodendron gloriosum ‘Zebra’, or Zebra Philodendron, is highly desirable for its bright, silvery-white, pronounced veins on large, heart-shaped, velvety-green leaves.  When this aroid is grown in its native environment as an understory tropical terrestrial plant, its rhizome prefers crawling across forest floors rather than climbing. It can reach up to 3 ft tall and 6 ft wide in its native environment. Zebra Philodendron is a relatively slow grower, so be patient because once it unfurls its stunning leaves, this head-turner will not disappoint. 

Best Locations For Growing Zebra Philodendron 

Zebra Philodendron prefers a bright, warm spot in your home and does not tolerate low light or chilly environments. Keep room temperatures comfortable, above 60 degrees F, and avoid cold, drafty areas or sudden temperature fluctuations. This plant also requires higher humidity, at 60 - 80% levels.

Zebra Philodendron Sunlight Requirements

Zebra Philodendron loves a bright space with plenty of indirect light. Keep it away from direct sunlight as this can cause the velvety foliage to burn. 

Zebra Philodendron Care

Plant it in a loose, chunky, specialty aroid potting mix that allows excess water to easily flow out of the bottom of the pot. Keep the soil pH over 7.0. When potting, be sure the rhizome is not completely buried under the soil, and the upper half of the rhizome remains exposed. Your Zebra Philodendron won’t need much maintenance other than the occasional removal of dried leaves. 

Watering Zebra Philodendron 

Zebra Philodendron prefers to be kept moist; water after the top inch of soil is dry. Water thoroughly, allowing water to exit through drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Avoid watering or splashing water directly on the leaves–water only the soil. Provide ample humidity. If you notice brown leaf edges or improperly developed new leaves, the environment probably lacks enough humidity. 

Feeding Zebra Philodendron 

Apply a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer at half the recommended strength about once a month during the spring and summer growing seasons.

Zebra Philodendron Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 3 feet
Mature Spread: 3 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, Silver
Foliage Description: Dark Green Veined Leaves with Silver Gray Stripes
Temperature: 64° - 81°F (18° - 27°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Zebra Philodendron
Other Name(s): Philodendron Gloriosum 'Zebra'
Scientific Name: Philodendron gloriosum 'Zebra'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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