How To Care For Haworthia Plants

WATERING TIPS:

Haworthia’s need very little watering to survive. You should only water when the soil is completely dry. Overwatering will lead to moldy roots causing the plant to die. During the summer months you may need to water them every 1 and half – 2 weeks. In winter months they can last up to a month without any water. Avoid any standing water on the leaves or in the bottom of the pot.

SUNLIGHT REQUIREMENTS:

Haworthia’s grow best when they receive bright, indirect sunlight. They are great plants for growing indoors if they are placed in an area with indirect sunlight! If they are planted outdoors we suggest planting them in an area that receives partial shade to prevent too much direct sunlight.

WEATHER TOLERANCE:

Haworthia’s can withstand hot temperatures if they are protected with partial shade. During the winter months, they need to be grown indoors as they cannot survive temperatures below 50°.

Every plant is given a plant hardiness score from the United States Department of Agriculture. This score is used to determine the lowest temperature a plant can be exposed to while still being able to survive. The higher the plant hardiness zone number, the warmer the temperatures need to be for that plant to survive. Haworthia Plants have a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone of 9a or above.

SOIL AND FERTILIZER USAGE:

The soil used for Haworthia’s must be soil that does not retain water very well. All fertilizers used should be diluted to at least 1/2 strength to avoid harming the plant. You should only use fertilizers during their growing season (spring and summer). It is not required to fertilize your plant, it may just grow at a slower rate.

INSECT PROTECTION:

For the most part, a Haworthia is a bug-free plant. The most common bug is the mealybug. If your plant obtains these bugs, we recommend lightly spraying them daily with mild, soapy water until all bugs are gone. For an in depth analysis on how to prevent and care for plants with bugs click here.

OLD OR DAMAGED LEAVES:

Naturally, old leaves will wilt and die as the plant grows. You can carefully remove these leaves making sure you do not damage the rest of the plant. If a healthy leaf is broken off, the plant will naturally grow back a new leaf to replace it.

HISTORY:

The Haworthia is a native plant from Southern Africa and is a genus in the plant family Asphodelaceae. The Haworthia genus is named after botanist Adrian Hardy Haworth who attributed to roughly 60 different species being recognized as a Haworthia. There are roughly 150 different species of Haworthia.

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