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How to Care for a Haworthia

By Pamela Gardapee

Haworthia is a succulent plant from South America that can be grown outdoors or indoors in a container. The plant has rosette-shaped leaves with rounded, blunt or pointed tips. There are over 80 species of haworthia, and the plants can grow up to 6 inches high, depending on the variety. Some haworthia plants have green leaves, while others have reddish-brown to brownish leaves and white, double-lipped flowers. Haworthia are low-maintenance, attractive accent plants.

Plant the haworthia in a container with drainage holes. Mix equal parts potting soil and perlite or other suitable drainage material such as aquarium gravel. The plants should be repotted every two years to refresh the soil. The haworthia renews its roots each spring.

Place the plant in a location with bright light but not direct sunlight. Filtered light is best for the haworthia.

Water the plant when the soil is dry. Soak the soil and wait for it to dry completely before watering again.

Keep the room temperature above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimal temperature for haworthia is between 75 and 90 degrees, though it can withstand temperatures as low as 40 and as high as 105 degrees.


Things You Will Need

  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Container with drainage holes
  • Drainage tray


  • A haworthia does not need fertilizer to grow into a healthy succulent plant.

About the Author


Pamela Gardapee is a writer with more than seven years experience writing Web content. Being functional in finances, home projects and computers has allowed Gardapee to give her readers valuable information. She studied accounting, computers and writing before offering her tax, computer and writing services to others.