How to Care for Haworthia | Haworthia Care & Growing Guide

Last Updated: 19.10.2023
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Learn How to Care for Haworthia in this easy guide and grow this succulent in your home without much maintenance! It is also a beautiful tabletop plant!

How to Care for Haworthia

Zebra cactus is a low-growing succulent popular for its spectacular display of rosette. If you want an easy-to-care plant for your home and office, then check out our guide on How to Care for Haworthia in India!

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What is Haworthia Plant?

Also known as polka-dotted succulent, Haworthia has a rosette of fleshy leaves, covered in tiny bumps or warts. This slow-growing succulent also produces spectacular, white flowers during summers.

Other Names: Zebra cactus, Pearl plant, Star window plant, Cushion aloe

How to Grow Haworthia Plant


From Offsets

Haworthia produces small offsets that you can use to grow individual plants. Take them out carefully from the pot and dry them for a day or two to callus. Then, plant in a pot filled with well-draining potting mix. Mist the soil evenly and place at any bright, sunny spot.

From Leaves

Snip off the leaf along with a bit of stem tissue from the rosette. Let the leaf-cutting callus. Now, plant the cutting in a potting mix, mist, and place the container at any bright location. You will witness new root growth within a few weeks.

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How to Care for Haworthia

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It is best to provide the plant with 4-5 hours of the direct morning sun. Avoid keeping the plant in the shade as it will result in stunted growth. Also, do save the plant from the harsh afternoon sun of Indian summers.


Water the plant deeply whenever topsoil feels dry to touch. Do not splash water on leaves. Also, avoid overwatering this plant, as it can do more harm than any good.


The soil should be fast-draining, porous, and fertile. You can DIY by blending two parts of coarse sand, two parts of garden soil, and one part of perlite or pumice.


This plant is not a heavy feeder, but you can fertilize the plant with balanced liquid fertilizer, diluted to half of its strength, once in 6-8 weeks. Avoid feeding during winters.

Pests and Diseases

This plant hardly catches any pests, however, mealybugs can be a major problem. You can deter them off using a strong jet of water. Application of neem oil or soap solution also works just fine.

Avoid overwatering the plant to keep the potential fungal diseases at bay.

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