I love this plant! It is low maintenance, slow-growing, and pretty. I have talked about this plant before in “How to Grow Succulents from Cuttings”, my brother gave me a start of this plant and it went to town!
This article will help you with your zebra plant care so you too can show your “green thumb” skills to your brother! 😉
I know, Latin. Haworthia is a genus in the plant taxonomy chart. This genus contains small succulents that generally, all need the same care. Haworthia fasciata specifically refers to the plant we are talking about as opposed to the other 80 (about) species. Sounds like I just spoke more Latin, huh?
To put it more simply, there are about 80 plants that look similar…some are taller, some are shorter, the markings are different but they definitely look alike. Haworthia fasciata is the specific plant we are talking about but if you find other Haworthia, the care is the same and you will probably recognize them.
Haworthia, in general, has thin, stiff leaves that come to a point. The leaves are between 1 – 3.5 inches long and grow outward from the plant with a rosette in the middle.
All are summer dormant, meaning they grow in the winter, spring, and fall but will not go dormant if the conditions (temperature, water, light) are consistent. They do produce flowers, white or pink tubular flowers, more so if they are outside (even in a pot) than inside and conditions need to be perfect.
A Little History, Please
With pleasure. It originates from South Africa so it’s easy to see how it got its nickname of Zebra plant.
The genus Haworthia is named in honor of Adrian Hardy Haworth, who was an entomologist and a botanist. The plant was introduced to Europe sometime in the 1600s and is now a very common succulent worldwide.
You Said It Was Easy…
Yes, it is!
This plant can handle partial shade, filtered light, or indirect light. If you place it in a brighter sun, the dark green will turn a chocolate color. Brighter is fine but not direct sun, if it gets sunburned, it may not be able to recover.
As with all succulents, it prefers a pot with drainage holes and succulent soil. This plant looks great in unusual pots and can really be dressed up with a top dressing.
Haworthia fasciata is not cold hardy (it can’t handle frost), loves temperatures between 60°F – 85°F, and is fine staying outdoors in zone 10.
These are small and perfect for dorm rooms and desks (especially because they can handle low light). They grow to a max of about 5 inches tall.
They are not toxic to humans, dogs or cats!
Sometimes the tips may turn brown, as long as it is just the tips, it is normal and nothing to worry about.
As with all succulents you want to soak, dry completely, wait, and repeat. With this one, the waiting period just needs to be longer than usual. Watering once every 14 days should be fine and, as always, err on the side of under watering vs. overwatering. If the plant starts looking droopy, like it is collapsing, it has been overwatered and may not recover.
They are sooo easy to propagate, they produce pups (offsets) and are easily divided when replanted, which only needs to be done every 3ish years.
The pictures below are the above picture being repotted. The left picture is the separated offsets (pups), the middle picture is one that has been re-potted, and the last picture shows how many “new” plants I got out of the original. It took a long time for it to get this big, repotting was easy (see this post on how to re-pot), and now I have lots of extras!
Where To Purchase
There are some beautiful Haworthia out there! So many pretty ones, how to choose!??!
Here are some pictures to tempt you (they have already tempted me).
This box of Zebra’s (below) makes a great gift. It is from Lula’s Garden, click here for details.
Here are some options from Amazon. Do your research, I feel like you might get more for you money with Leaf and Clay so make sure you compare. Please read reviews for any you may purchase from Amazon. Click the link for more details.
Wrappin’ It Up
These are great! There are so many gorgeous ones, they are so easy and they really add a lot of personality to a room.
Here is an infographic you can use as a reference for your zebra plant and other Haworthia.
As always, I love to hear from you! If you have questions, stories, or comments about this plant or any others, please ask/share them below.