Plant Care,  Succulents and Cacti

Haworthia Care

The key to good haworthia care is a good amount of indirect sunlight and letting them dry out between watering...

Haworthia Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight. 
Watering needs:Check weekly, water when soil is completely dry through.
Fertilizer:A dedicated succulent fertilizer, every 2 months in the summer.
Soil:A cactus and succulent potting mix.
Humidity:Normal household humidity and even dry air is fine for these succulents.
Temperature:24-32°C (75-90°F) in the day, make sure they do not get down to 5°C (or 41°F).
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Zebra cactus, haworthia attenuata
Common issues:Root rot from overwatering is a real issue, be careful when watering


These flower-like succulents, abundant naturally in southern Africa have become much loved houseplants. Welcome to our Haworthia Care guide on how to look after these beautiful succulents.

Light Needs

The haworthia succulent like sunlight, but are best with bright indirect sunlight. They will appreciate being by a bright window.

How Often to Water Your Haworthia Succulent

You should only water these succulents when they are dried out. Check the soil with your finger before watering and make sure it is dry all the way down. This should result in watering the plants every 2 or so weeks in the warmer growing months and less in the winter.


You do not have to feed haworthia, but if you do, use a dedicated succulent fertilizer, and only a few times, in the summer months.


You should use a cactus and succulent potting mix for haworthia as they need to drain well to avoid root rot.

When To Repot

Repot your haworthias when they outgrow their pots in the early summer months.


Haworthias are succulents so they do not require any extra humidity, they are more than happy with dryness!


Haworthias are quite tough and tolerate a wide range of temperatures, especially all household temperature ranges. Aim for 24-32°C (75-90°F) in the day. Just make sure they do not get down to near freezing, 5°C (or 40°F) is the lowest they can tolerate without likelihood of damage.

How To Propagate Haworthia

You can propagate hawrothia by separating out a pup (baby plant) if there is a one growing, it is a quick way to get started as they will probably have a root system too.

You can also take leaves off, let them callous over for a few days, then plant them up in soil with the bottom down, only about a centimeter (less than half and inch) under the soil. They can then root over the coming weeks. Keep it moist but not soaking wet.

Where To Buy Haworthia

These are common plants, and you find them in many local and online stores. Try to support your local plant shop, if not try Etsy or Ebay.

Other Names for Haworthia

Zebra Cactus, haworthia attenuata

Haworthia Care FAQs and Common Issues

As with many plants, root rot is a real issue for haworthia, make sure they are in a pot with good drainage, with a cactus and succulent potting mix and that you let the soil dry out before watering again.

Do Haworthia Flower?

Haworthia can flower as an indoor plant. They put out a long thin stem with small yellow flowers on the end. They only tend to flower when mature and given the correct care.

Do Haworthia Like Full Sun?

They will be ok with some full sun, but it’s a good idea to acclimatize them slowly by gradually moving them, or gradually removing the shade. Try to avoid midday summer sun.

Do Haworthia Like To Be Root Bound?

Haworthia are ok to be little root bound, but will grow much better if the roots are not crowded, so pot them up a size when they get root bound.

Can Haworthia Grow In Water?

Haworthia can be rooted and even grown long-term in water. I’ve seen them grown in bottles before, with the plant nestled on top.

Why Is My Haworthia Turning Brown?

The biggest cause of problems for haworthias is over watering which can lead to root rot. Do not water these until the soil is totally dry, and make sure that they are not sat in water after watering.

Is Haworthia Toxic To Cats?

Haworthia is non-toxic to cats and dogs.

Is Haworthia A Cactus?

Hawarthia is a type of succulent, not a cactus.

Haworthia Vs Haworthiopsis?

These two types of succulent used to be both known as Haworthia, but some were re-classified as Haworthiopsis. In general the thinner more slender Haworthia were re-classified as Haworthiopsis like the Zebra Haworthia which was reclassified from Haworthia attenuata to Haworthiopsis attenuata.

Haworthia Types

There are over a hundred of types of haworthia, here are some:

Haworthia cymbiformis, Haworthia truncata, Haworthia retusa, Haworthia cooperi, Haworthiopsis fasciata, Haworthia reticulata, Haworthiopsis limifolia, Haworthia koelmaniorum.

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