Plant Care,  Succulents and Cacti

Haworthia Care

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

Haworthia Care Summary

Light needs:Bright indirect sunlight. 
Watering needs:Only water when soil is completely dry through.
Fertilizer:Not essential to feed an haworthia, but if you do, use 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: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. 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.

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.

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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