How to Care for a Haworthia

Updated February 21, 2017

Haworthia is a succulent plant from South America that can be grown outdoors or indoors in a container. The plant has rosette-shaped leaves with rounded, blunt or pointed tips. There are over 80 species of haworthia, and the plants can grow up to 6 inches high, depending on the variety. Some haworthia plants have green leaves, while others have reddish-brown to brownish leaves and white, double-lipped flowers. Haworthia are low-maintenance, attractive accent plants.

Plant the haworthia in a container with drainage holes. Mix equal parts potting soil and perlite or other suitable drainage material such as aquarium gravel. The plants should be repotted every two years to refresh the soil. The haworthia renews its roots each spring.

Place the plant in a location with bright light but not direct sunlight. Filtered light is best for the haworthia.

Water the plant when the soil is dry. Soak the soil and wait for it to dry completely before watering again.

Keep the room temperature above 23.9 degrees Celsius. The optimal temperature for haworthia is between 23.8 and 32.2 degrees C, though it can withstand temperatures as low as 40 and as high as 40.6 degrees C.


A haworthia does not need fertiliser to grow into a healthy succulent plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Container with drainage holes
  • Drainage tray
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