Zebra Plant or Zebra Haworthia
Haworthiopsis Fasciata "Zebra Plant", generally known as Haworthia fasciata, is a small succulent plant that grows up to 5 inches (13 cm) tall and 8" (20 cm) wide. Its leaves are triangular-shaped. They are green with narrow and crested white strips on its outside. Every leaf has a non-acute spine at its end.
In summer months, white flowers appear at the end of a long inflorescence. The Haworthia fasciata is similar to Haworthiopsis attenuata species. Therefore, these are frequently confused with each other.
The H. fasciata has smoother inner leaves and has fatty leaves. While the H. attenuata displays tubercles (warty growths).
This is a rare succulent. Most plants that are labeled as H. fasciata are H. attenuata. Because of the similar markings.
Can be grown indoors if given enough light
Better to keep it near a window where it gets enough sunlight.
Grow up to 8" (20 cm) wide
Grows in Spring and Fall
Non-toxic to humans and animals
Not cold hardy
Partial sun to partial shade
Plant grows up to 5" (13 cm) tall
Propagation by Offsets
Typical water needs for a succulent
Use regular succulent watering methods. Don't know? Learn how to water succulents easily.
Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
Details about Haworthia fasciata "Zebra Plant or Zebra Haworthia"
General Care for Haworthia fasciata 'Zebra Plant'
"Zebra Plant" is a common houseplant. It does well indoors in a container. So it is best suited for beginners. The propagation is also very easy.
It actively grows in Spring to Fall. So do care a little extra in these seasons. You should also fertilize if possible, especially if growing in a container. It is dormant in Summer Months. So only water enough to keep it alive, otherwise, it won't need any moisture.
Haworthia fasciata "Zebra Plant" requires the typical succulent watering schedule. It is best to water once the soil is totally dry. Otherwise, its roots may rot in wet soil. You can check the soil by putting your finger into the soil for about 2.5 inches deep. OR typically water after 4 to 7 days, depending on your environment conditions.
I've mentioned it all in the "How to water succulents" guide.
It is a summer dormant plant and does require much water in this season, except in excessively hot and dry conditions.
Soil Need for Haworthia fasciata "Zebra Plant" Plant
The plant naturally grows in South Africa where the porous soil gives them well drainage with enough sunlight. So you'll also need the same type of well drainage soil for it to grow well.
I've written an in-depth guide on preparing your perfect DIY succulent soil for containers.
Fertilizing Zebra Plant
In the active growing seasons, i.e. in the Spring and Fall, fertilize it slightly with a succulent fertilizer in a month. As it dormant in the Summer months, so hold off on fertilizing in those months.
Generally "Zebra Plant" is a "disease-free" succulent. But if you overwater it, then it may attract the mealybugs, and its roots may rot as well. So try to never overwater.
Mealybugs appear on the surface of the plant leaves as tiny, soft-bodied insects surrounded by a fuzzy, white powdery mess, that'll have a cotton-like look.
Is it Poisonous?
The Aeonium "Blushing Beauty" is a non-poisonous and is considered a safe succulent plant.
Where to Plant
If you live in a colder environment, where temperature can go below 30 °F (-1.1 °C), You should plant it in a pot (better with a drainage hole). Because it is not cold hardy and you'll be able to bring it inside.
In their natural habitat, it receives plenty of sunlight, but less water. So you'll need to keep it in a brighter area where it gets about 4 to 6 hours of sunlight.
How to Propagate Haworthia fasciata "Zebra Plant"
"Zebra Plant" can be propagated easily by offset.
Propagate by offset
"Zebra Plant" produces small offsets. To propagate pull an offset from the base of the plant, allow it to callous over for some days, then place it in well-draining soil. Give water when the soil is completely dried out.
Read more about the watering schedule for babies succulents at the last in watering succulents guide.
Where to Buy?
The plant might be available on your local nurseries, and you can easily get it from:
Pairs Well With
- Kalanchoe Tomentosa
- Haworthiopsis Attenuata
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