Haworthia is native to South Africa. It is a family of Asphodelaceae, and the genus is Haworthia. It is a semi-desert plant. There are many species in this family; some are the zebra plant, retusa, springbokvlakensis.
Some of the common names for Haworthia cymbiformis are Haworthia obtusa, Haworthia umbraticola, Haworthia hilliana.
Unlike other species in this family, Haworthia cymbiformis is a small plant with a compact rosette that grows to a maximum of 4 inches (10 cm) in leaves. Leaves are light green. When the plant matures, it grows as a cluster. It is a flowering succulent and blooms in spring and summer.
How to Care Haworthia Cymbiformis Succulents.
Like other succulents, Haworthia cymbiformis care is minimum. Like other semi-desert plants, it prefers dry climate growing conditions to thrive.
Haworthia cymbiformis succulent prefer well-drain soil mix. Excessive moisture in the soil can cause root rot in the plant. Haworthia soil recipe should consist of 60% of inorganic materials and 40% of organic materials. I recommend this DIY succulent soil recipe. It helps to fight root rot, and it is well-draining. Gritty mix soil is the perfect potting mix.
Regular watering, is not necessary for these plants. They can survive short droughts. However, most people ask how often should I water Haworthia cymbiformis. It all depends on the soil moisture level.
Subject to the potting mix moisture, you have to water Haworthia cymbiformis. Before watering, it is recommended to check succulents’ soil moisture level. Topsoil and subsoil should dry enough to water. Overwatering can cause root rot in the Haworthia Hilliana plant. I recommend referring how to water cactus and succulents guide for detailed instructions.
Haworthia succulent is a full sun-loving plant. It prefers a full to half-shady environment. When growing it as an indoor plant, better provide bright full spectrum grow lights or move the plant windowsill to get bright light throughout the day.
Haworthia cymbiformis is not a cold-hardy succulent which means these plants can not survive frost. However, it can tolerate 32°F to 88°F (0°C to 30°C). This plant is a winter dormant succulent and actively grows from spring to fall. Therefore, in the winter season, it is better to protect against frost.
Just like other succulents, Haworthia cymbiformis, is not a heavy fertilizer feeder. These plants natively grow in the nutritionally deficient ground. Providing little nutrient make Haworthia grow faster.
Liquid fertilizer is a good solution. Apply low-balanced (N: P: K) liquid fertilizer every one to two weeks during the spring to summer (e.g., NPK 4:4:4 level). Apply liquid fertilizer directly to the soil, making sure not to touch the leaves. Adding slow-releasing low-balance fertilizer is also beneficial, though liquid fertilizer gives a better result.
Haworthia repotting must be done every 18 to 24 months. First, check the plant’s physical appearance and potting mix quality. Like other houseplants, it is not required annually to change the potting soil. However, if the plant has outgrown, that is the best time to repot Haworthia.
Common Questions and Answers.
Can Haworthia Cymbiformis grow in low light?
Haworthia Umbraticola is not a low-light succulent. It prefers full sun to partial shade. When growing indoors, it is recommended to provide supplementary grow lights. Additionally, you can provide bright light moving the plant to the windowsill.
How do you save Overwatered Haworthia Cymbiformis?
Once you identified that your Haworthia cymbiformis overwatered, immediately cut the watering pattern. This quick reaction will help the plant survive.
Then you have to check the soil moisture level and drainage closely. If the potting mix is waterlogging, it is recommended to repot succulent plants. Before repot the plant, let it air dry for 2 or 3 days. In these times do not expose the plant to direct or partial sun. The potting mix keeps excessive moisture for a longer period; there is a high chance of Haworthia root rotting.
How do you propagate Haworthia Cymbiformis?
Like other succulents, Haworthia cymbiformis can propagate using seeds, dividing rhizomes and leaves cuttings. Seeds propagation should be done after the last frost. Dividing and leaves propagation should be done in spring or early summer. I recommend reading my DIY succulents propagation guide for more detail.
How can I make Haworthia Cymbiformis grow faster?
Haworthia grows faster in nutrient-rich potting mix. Applying low-balanced liquid fertilizer to soil can boost Haworthia growth (e.g., 8:8:8 NPK level). These plant native environment soil-less nutrient. Introducing little organic compost can expect rapid growth than the low nutrient soil. However, fertilizer alone is not enough, and bright sunlight helps to grow indicators faster.