The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Liliaceae.

Haworthia margaritifera Haw.
Haworthia Genus of about 100 species of dwarf, basal-rosetted, more or less stemless, perennial succulents from lowland and sometimes hillsides of Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique, and South Africa. Haworthias are Aloe-like succulents which bear thick and warty leaves.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth from spring to autumn - minimum 50F in winter.Semi-shade or bright light. Some shade in summer may be necessary. Grow in standard cactus potting mix. Keep compost moist at all time. In winter water very infrequently, once every 1-2 months. No need to mist the leaves. Cuttings root easily. Take stem cuttings, offsets or leaf cuttings in spring or summer. It is vital to let the cuttings dry for a few days before inserting in compost. Water very sparingly and do not cover with polythene or glass. Another propagation method is seed sowing - germination temperature 70-80 F.
Haworthia limifolia Marl.
Haworthia limifolia Marl.
Haworthia radula Haw.
Haworthia radula Haw.
Haworthia reinwardtii Haw.
Haworthia reinwardtii Haw.
Haworthia tesselata Haw.
Haworthia tesselata Haw.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

14th Aug 2005
I have had mine for over 4 years and treat it like a cacti... i never keep the soil moist
Tom Thompson
31st May 2007
Haworthias are marvelous plants for collectors. The shape variations are unending, since even the same species has leaf variations. Their small size means your collection takes up minimal space. I have 60.
Emily Leonard
21st Nov 2007
I have been treating my Haworthias like cactus but am moving pups to different light situations. Mine thrive in my 1/3 sand, 2/3 commercial (U.S.) potting soil, well crocked with gravel. They are user friendly plants.
Sandra Simpson
11th Jan 2008
I really do enjoy my plants. Have found that a couple of ice cubes a day
works wonders.
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