Zebra Plant Care – Haworthia fasciata

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! 😉

Haworthia what?Plant from Bro with Rosette highlighted

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!

Zebra plant being repotted

Where To Purchase

There are some beautiful Haworthia out there! So many pretty ones, how to choose!??!

Leaf and Clay offers a great selection and fantastic prices for your personal use, lots of varietyTake a look here

Here are some pictures to tempt you (they have already tempted me).

Leaf and Clay

This box of Zebra’s (below) makes a great gift. It is from Lula’s Garden, click here for details.

Lula's Garden

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.

Haworthia

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.

10 Responses

  1. Very informative guide, nice job!  I’ve always liked Zebra plants and succulents in general. The Zebra though and with it’s fairly iconic pattern of stripes has been a favorite  of mine. Growing up my grandma always had various succulents, including the Zebra. I don’t know if it’s a succulent or not but one plant I own which I love is called a Snake Plant because of its stripes/ pattern. I really enjoyed  your article,  thank you.

  2. Wow, zebra plants like you have said are truly beautiful and I am very facinated with their awesomeness. I think I really need to give it a try looking at how cool they are here. Well, I have met with a couple of people before who told me about the plant before but I have learnt more today about it like the truth that they are from South Africa. They are nice looking succulents. Thank you for sharing how to take care of them as well.

    • Hi Henderson,

      So glad you found the article helpful!  They are very pretty and look great almost anywhere!

      Let me know if I can answer any questions!

      Thanks,

      Lisa

  3. Thank you for your post. It is informative and useful for me. My wife and I love these class of plant, including Zebra plant. We plant a lot of such plant, meet some problem. and plan to read books about them, but we never take our time to find book and do research.

    Here come your article, which gives us a lot of relevant information. First we made mistake and used pots without drainage holes. I like to place them in direct sun and the plants turn from green into chocolate color. We thought that the plant are sick. Apparently, the plants get sunburned based on your description. I wish they could recover and return back to green color.

    It is kind of you sharing the useful information with us.

    • Hi Anthony,

      That is a common mistake not to use a pot with drainage holes, live and learn.

      Your plant may recover from being sunburned, place it in a shadier spot and give it a few weeks, it will just depend on how bad the burn is.

      Please let me know if I can answer any other questions and good luck with your sunburned one.

      Thanks,

      Lisa

  4. Hi, that is a very cool looking plant. I wonder if it is rare? Could a person pick that up at Walmart for example?

    Also, is it a lot of work to look after these beautiful plants. For example, how often do I need to water and do I need to do anything with the soil inside (I have never had a plant before)

    Thanks for this great article. 

    • Hi Jake,

      Never had a plant before?  That’s okay, I’ve had enough for both of us! 🙂

      You can usually pick one up at Walmart or a big box home improvement store. If you do, re-pot it right away because they aren’t in the best soil. Here is a guide to help you re-pot – https://homesucculents.com/how-to-repot-succulents-4-easy-steps/

      As far as the soil, a bag of Miracle Grow Cactus soil will do the job. Just make sure it is the cactus blend and not the regular potting soil.

      This particular succulent doesn’t need to be watered very much at all, once every 14 days is fine, just make sure to soak it through (so water comes out of the drainage holes) when you do water it.

      I hope you get a plant or two and please, let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks,

      Lisa

  5. It is amazing to know that it has the capablity to change color from dark green to chocolate color when exposed to a bright sunglight. Also, I find it funny that it can never recover back from brown to green if it gets sunburned. This will make a good display in my mother’s garden in front of her house where a lot of people are passing by. Her house is located near a busy street and she loves to show her little garden to curious passersby.

    If we order this and have it shipped to here (Philippines), can this be allowed in a plane cargo? We prefer to have orders like this shipped to us via a plane cargo instead of sea cargo to shorten travel time of the shipment.

    • Hi Gomer,

      That is a good question about shipping and I’m sorry but I don’t know the answer.  The company shipping the plant will have to let you know.

      The plant is fairly common so you may be able to pick it up locally.

      I agree, these make great additions to any garden, they are so bold and fun!

      The plant will go back to green if it is placed in a shady spot but if it gets sunburned badly, it may not recover.

      Good luck finding the zebra plant locally and please let me know if you have any questions.

      Thanks,

      Lisa

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