This succulent is simply great for your indoor collection. It has thick green leaves with white horizontal lines on the outside and it looks stunning overall. It is also commonly known as the Zebra plant because of its characteristic stripes which resembles that of a Zebra….:) This plant has its origins in South Africa.
The haworthia fasciata is very similar to the Aloe plant and they are related to the same sub family. There are a few important factors which we should keep in mind regarding this plant:
This plant can be kept in any place which receives bright light or direct sunlight for a few hours everyday. A South facing window or an East/West facing one which receives direct sunlight for a few hours is good enough to grow a healthy plant.
During the growing season which is between April and September, water these plants thoroughly and regularly. Daily watering is not required. Water these plants only once the soil dries out. During winter watering should only be done when the top soil dries out.
A cactus potting mix that drains well and provides plenty of air to the small roots is good. If using an ordinary potting mix then mix it with sand and perlite.
It is easy to propagate a Zebra plant, done in the same way as we would with an Aloe plant. Propagate with a couple of inches of leaves, letting the wound heal for a couple of days before planting. These plants also produce offsets which can be gently removed from the mother plant and replanted.
Haworthias do bloom in autumn or spring but the chances of them blooming indoors is quite rare. If grown outside they have either a pink or white coloured tubular flower hanging on a long and thin stem called an inflorescence.
Do you own a Zebra haworthia ? Where have you placed the plant ? Is it doing well ? Do share your tips as well. Thank you so much for stopping by.
Echeverias offer a wide variety of options. These are easy to grow plants and are found in lot of different sizes hence are a popular option of succulents to grow. I particularly have a great weakness for the Echeveria Black Knight because of their dark outer leaves. It is a small growing, rosette style succulent with dramatic dark coloring. These delightful plants also have dark red flowers which are usually projected above the foliage.
Most Echeverias are not complicated succulents to grow. As long as they are looked after and a few basic rules are taken care of. Lets take a look at what these are:
Never allow water to sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases which will kill the plant.
Any dead or dry leaves should be removed from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dry leaves are a haven to pests which will also kill the plant eventually.
Echeverias mostly should be planted in terracotta clay pots as they dry out quickly and that prevents the roots from rotting.
Echeverias need plenty of light but direct sunlight is not good. So a covered patio or a windowsill which receives lots of light but no direct sun is a good place to keep these lovely succulents.
Over watering will likely kill an Echeveria plant. It requires frequent watering only during its first year of planting after which frequent watering is only required during the summer months.
Echeverias especially the ‘Black Knight’ can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in cacti or potting mix and cover the dish till the new plant sprouts.
If you own one of these stunning Echeverias, please do share a few images here and also if I have missed out on any care instructions, I would really appreciate it if you put forward your suggestions too.