Answer: Zebra plant (Aphelandra squarrosa) is a striking plant, but it isn't easy to grow because it demands such high humidity to thrive. To increase humidity, set the pot on a shallow saucer filled with pebbles and an inch or so of water. The water evaporates around the plant. (Don't let the plant roots soak up the water.) It prefers bright to medium light, so I'd move it to another exposure rather than north, preferably east or south. The soil should be kept moderately moist at all times. Water slowly and deeply to leach salts out the bottom of the pot. Light watering allows salts to accumulate in the root zone, which can burn the plant. It prefers normal indoor temperatures.
"Houseplants for Dummies" by Larry Hodgson and NGA says that this plant is often considered a "florist plant." In other words, enjoy it while you can, then dispose of it. An alternative would be to take a stem cutting and start another plant. All plants should have good drainage, so I suggest pots with drainage holes. I hope this info helps.
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