The Spikes and Stripes of Haworthia Succulents

One of the easiest indoors plants to grow, Haworthia succulents boast unique spiked foliage and bold green and white stripes.

Succulents are all the rage these days, and it’s easy to see why. These plants are unique and fun to grow, and lend themselves well to a variety of settings and containers. Haworthia succulents are one of my personal favorites, since they’re easy to care for and fascinating in containers. These slow-growing plants are native to southern Africa, but they make excellent houseplants the world over. Here’s how to grow them in your collection.

Haworthia Succulents
Haworthia fasciata

How to Grow Haworthia Succulents
Light. Most Haworthia varieties prefer part shade, but some adapt well to bright or even direct sunlight. Some types change color to red or purple when exposed to sun. If the leaves turn pale, the plant may be getting too much sun.

Water. Haworthias are succulents, and have the ability to survive long periods without water. However, your plant will be much happier with regular waterings, as long as you let the soil dry out between watering. During the cooler winter months, you can water less frequently. At all times, make sure your soil is well-drained so the roots don’t sit in water for extended periods of time.

Temperature. Hot temperatures are fine for Haworthia in the summer months, when you can even more them outdoors if you like. In winter, they can stand temperatures down to about 50 degrees F or so. In most areas, you’ll need to grow them indoors in the winter. In areas without freezing winters, grow them outdoors but protect from sudden dips into the 40s or below.

Problems. There aren’t too many problems to look out for with Haworthia succulents. As long as the soil is well-drained, and you monitor the sun exposure, you should find this an almost fool-proof plant to grow.

Haworthia Succulents
Haworthia coarctata var. tenuis

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Jill Staake
Jill lives in Tampa, Florida, and writes about gardening, butterflies, outdoor projects and birding. When she's not gardening, you'll find her reading, traveling and happily digging her toes into the sand on the beach.