These easy to care for succulents are known for their upright, spiky growth. They’re a good beginner plant for new gardeners and children.
Light – Bright light. Haworthia can handle direct sunlight, but may scorch in summer.
Water – Allow Haworthia to dry out completely before saturating the soil. *Some potting soils may take a while to absorb water after being dry for a long period of time. This is referred to as becoming “hydrophobic” and can be overcome by repeatedly watering the soil and draining excess water, until the soil becomes saturated. *
Soil – Well-draining soil. While they can be planted in all-purpose potting soils, a Cactus soil, like Espoma Cactus Mix, is a better choice as it dries quickly and reduces the chance of over watering and root rot.
Temperature – Haworthia prefer warmer temperatures, ideally between 70° and 80°. Do not expose to temperatures below 50° and protect them from drafts.
Humidity – The average humidity levels of most homes is perfect for Haworthia.
Fertilization – Due to their slow growing nature, Haworthia don’t require much feeding. Fertilize in spring with a cactus fertilizer, like Espoma Cactus Food, according to the label.
Size – Haworthia average 3 to 5 inches tall at maturity.
Repotting – Slow growing, Haworthia generally don’t require repotting more than once every few years. When repotting, select a container that has excellent drainage and is nor more than one or 2 sizes larger than its current pot. Haworthia are generally shallow rooted plants and they tend to do better in shallow, bowl-like containers.
Propagation – Haworthia produce “pups,” new plants that grow from the main plant that can easily be transferred to their own container once they’ve established a decent root system.
Toxicity – Haworthia are considered non-toxic to people and pets.