Haworthiopsis Fasciata
Plant Care,  Succulents and Cacti

Care For Zebra Cactus (Haworthiopsis Fasciata)

Welcome to out guide to haworthiopsis fasciata care. They are easy to care for succulents that do not need much attention other than the occasional watering and a lot of bright indirect sunlight.

Zebra Cactus (Haworthiopsis Fasciata) Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight.
Watering needs:Let them dry out before watering, check once a week.
Fertilizer:Diluted cactus and succulent fertilizer once a month in summer.
Soil:Cactus and succulent compost.
Humidity:Do not need any extra humidity.
Temperature:These succulents will do well in most household temperatures. 
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops or Etsy.
Other names:Haworthiopsis fasciata, haworthia fasciata, zebra succulent, zebra cactus.
Common issues:Over and underwatering.


Welcome to our guide to care for zebra plants aka haworthiopsis fasciata. Zebra plants are beautifully patterned small succulents originally from South Africa.

See also: Haworthia Care, Coral Cactus, Blue Torch Cactus, Fishbone Cactus, Bear Paw Cactus, Haworthia Cooperi, Crassula Perforata (String Of Buttons), Fishbone Cactus, Whale Fin Plant, Snake Plant Care, Mother Of Thousands.

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Light Needs

Haworthiopsis Fasciata thrive on bright indirect sunlight. Give them plenty of light. They’ll tolerate some direct sunlight too.

How Often to Water

These succulents need to dry out between watering, which means watering them every 2 or 3 weeks in spring and summer when the plant grows more. They will need much less in winter.

Haworthiopsis Fasciata


Haworthias do not need feeding but they’ll grow faster if you feed them in the summer months, use a well diluted cactus and succulent fertilizer.


A zebra cactus should be potted up in a cactus and succulent compost as it needs to drain well.

For more on which cactus and succulent compost to buy or how to make you own, see our guide: Succulent Soil.

When To Repot A Haworthiopsis Fasciata

They don’t need potting up every year, but if they get pot bound pot them up a size in spring. It should be about 2 to 3 years.


These succulents do not need any extra humidity, they can survive very well in low humidity if needed.


These succulents will do well in most household temperatures. Do not let them get cold, as they can become damaged below 10°C.

Haworthiopsis Fasciata Vs Attenuata

The fasciata are smooth on the inside of their leaves, they only have the white bumps on the outside.

How To Propagate Haworthiopsis Fasciata

You can propagate a Haworthiopsis Fasciata easily by dividing out any smaller plants and potting them up separately. You can also propagate via leaf cutting, you need to take an entire leaf off the plant, making sure to get a clean break from the plant. Let the cutting callous over for 3 days so that the wound heals. Then pot it up into moist cactus soil. Keep it in medium indirect sunlight and it should root well over the coming months.

See also: Succulent Propagation (with pictures).

Where To Buy A Zebra Plant

Zebra cacti come up for sale at many plant shops, or Etsy.

Other Names For Haworthiopsis Fasciata

Haworthiopsis fasciata, haworthia fasciata, zebra succulent, zebra cactus.

Is Haworthiopsis Fasciata Safe For Cats?

Haworthiopsis are safe for cats, they not toxic (source).

Haworthiopsis Fasciata Dying

The most common cause of problems with this plant is overwatering. It is really important to only water it when the soil is dry, they will need much less water when it’s cold, so makes sure you check the soil especially when the temperatures drop. Also it is a good idea to wait for 5 minutes after watering and then pour out any excess water from the container the plant pot is in, so that the soil is not wet and soggy for too long.

Haworthiopsis Fasciata USDA Zone

Zones 10-11.

For more on succulents and cacti, see our succulents category with all our care guides.

FAQs and Common Problems

These are quite tough and hardy succulents, the main threat to them is over or under watering – be careful to let the plant dry out between watering, but check it every week to see if it needs it.

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