Haworthia fasciata: Zebra Haworthia

Like the preceding species, Haworthia fasciata is one of the basic plants of every collection of succulents, a plant that can be grown even by children and, in fact, a good one to start with and awaken their interest in this fascinating hobby.

Once again, this is a succulent from South Africa, chiefly from Cape Province. The genus embraces some 155 lovely species, many of which (including the species) grow on dry, stony banks in the partial shade of low xerophilous shrubs and clumps of grass, while others are found in desert or semi-desert localities amidst stones. The members of this second group have developed the same adaptation to their environment as the Mesembryan-themaceae family — the leaf tips are blunt and furnished with translucent ‘windows’. A typical ex-ample is H. truncata, which in cultivation likewise grows with the entire leaves above the surface.

Cultivation of Haworthia fasciata and other striped or ‘pearl’-bedecked plants is not at all difficult. One thing that must be kept in mind, however, is that they have two rest periods — one in winter, when the temperature should be reduced if possible (but this is not a must), the other in summer, from May till August, when the plant should be put in a warm, well-lit spot and watered only occasionally. The two growth periods are accordingly from March to May and from late August to mid-November, when the plants should be watered amply and regularly. If possible this species should be grown in diffused light — too much sun is damaging and so is a dry atmosphere.

Propagation is easy — by detaching the side rosettes produced at the base of adult plants which are about 8 to 10 cm (3 to 4 in) high.

15. November 2011 by Dave Pinkney
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