How to Care for Haworthiopsis fasciata (Zebra Plant) at Home

Taking care of succulents has become a widespread hobby among plant enthusiasts today not only because they look great in any garden or home but also because of how comparatively easy they are to grow and take care of. If you are looking to add a good succulent to your collection, the Haworthiopsis fasciata or the zebra plant would be a nice choice for you because it is actually a good houseplant that won’t require a lot of care and attention on your part. So, how do you care for a Haworthiopsis fasciata?

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The Haworthiopsis fasciata, previously the Haworthia fasciata, is an easy plant to take care of as it primarily needs to be left under indirect sunlight and will only need to be watered once every two to three weeks or when the soil is already dry. You don’t even need to put a lot of effort into this plant to take care of it.

You will be delighted to know that you don’t need to be a plant expert to be able to properly take care of the Haworthiopsis fasciata or the zebra plant. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t learn how to take care of it. There are still some things that beginners should know more about this plant especially if you want to make sure that it gets to enjoy a long life and that it grows up to be a suitable decorative succulent for your house or garden.

How do you propagate Haworthiopsis fasciata?

The Haworthiopsis fasciata is actually pretty easy to propagate in case you want to add more zebra plants to your garden or house or in case you are looking to make sure that your mother plant gets to live another life in its children after the original plant has already lived past its lifespan.

In most cases, propagating the Haworthiopsis fasciata should be quite similar to how you would propagate other types or variants of succulents. There won’t be a ton of differences at all as the zebra plant is quite an easy specimen to propagate.

So, if you want to propagate the Haworthiopsis fasciata, you can follow these steps:

  • Take a cutting from the mother plant using clean and sharp scissors or garden shears to make sure that the cutting is removed as smoothly as possible. You can choose between a leaf or a stem so long as either of them is healthy enough. The zebra plant also produces offsets, which you can use to propagate the Haworthiopsis fasciata.
  • If you are using cuttings instead of offsets, allow the freshly cut leaf or stem to heal its wound first by leaving it somewhere to dry for a few days. Allowing the wound to heal is vital before planting the new succulent. When the wound has already dried up and the leaf or stem is still in great shape, that is when you will know that it is ready to be planted to propagate a new Haworthiopsis fasciata.
  • Plant the cuttings in their own individual pot. You can do this immediately if you are using offsets but you need to wait for their wounds to heal if you are using cuttings as your preferred method of propagation. If you are using offsets, you can cut them off of the mother plant without waiting for a long time for them to heal and dry up.
  • Make sure that the soil in the pot is moist but not too wet. Do not overwater the plant because this could lead to molds, fungi, and other health problems. Only water it when the soil is about 70% dry and makes sure that you only water until the soil is moist. But when the cutting or offset has already grown into its own plant, follow the usual watering procedures for watering a Haworthiopsis fasciata.

How often do you water a Haworthia?

Like any plant or possibly any organism on earth, the Haworthiopsis fasciata needs water to survive even though it is a succulent that is native to South Africa, which doesn’t have the same level of moisture and abundance of water that some other regions have.

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Thriving in places that are hot, dry, and lacking in water was what made succulents such as the zebra plant capable of surviving without the need to drink a ton of water. However, this plant still needs to be watered from time to time.

So, how often do you water the Haworthiopsis fasciata?

First of all, like most succulents, you need to place the Haworthiopsis fasciata in a pot that is well-drained and with drainage holes that are quite big so that you can allow the water from the soil to pass through them efficiently. You water the plant directly on the soil so that the zebra plant’s roots are able to easily access the water.

When you water the Haworthiopsis fasciata, make sure that you do so until the water starts draining from the soil through the drainage holes. As soon as that happens, immediately stop because that is when you will know that the soil is already moist enough. Do not overwater the soil because this can lead to a lot of problems such as molds, fungi, and other illnesses.

It will take a while before the soil will once again need to be rewatered. In some cases, you need to wait until perhaps two to three weeks before you need to water the plant once again. Of course, the rule of thumb to follow here is to make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering it again. So, if the soil dries out in about a week, you need to water it again without waiting for two to three weeks.

Whenever it’s summer, you may need to water the zebra plant more often than you would because of how the hot weather will easily evaporate the moisture out of the soil to dry it out. Again, the rule of thumb to follow is to make sure that the soil is completely dry before watering it once again. And whenever it’s summer, make sure that you thoroughly water the Haworthiopsis fasciata soil without overwatering.

Also, it is important to know that you need to lessen the frequency of watering your Haworthiopsis fasciata as the temperatures grow colder and colder. During the winter, you may even have to wait for more than three weeks for the soil to completely dry out as cold weather won’t evaporate the moisture from the soil just as quickly as the summer heat does.

Does Haworthia need sunlight?

Like most succulents, the zebra plant desperately needs a lot of sunlight as it relies almost entirely on the sun for its energy. In that sense, you need to keep it exposed to sunlight as long as you can because of how the Haworthiopsis fasciata is a full-sun plant.

But the one thing you need to remember here is that the zebra plant doesn’t do well when exposed to direct sunlight especially if you live in a particularly hot region. That’s why it is most often considered to be a houseplant that should be kept indoors but close enough to the windows so that it can get exposed to indirect sunlight all day long.

However, if you do live in a region that isn’t particularly warm such as when you live up north, you may be able to keep the Haworthiopsis fasciata outdoors as long as the sun isn’t too harsh. The zebra plant can withstand moderate sunlight but it should not be exposed to the heat of the summer sun even though, in some cases, it can still tolerate high heat levels. It still is better to keep it away from direct sunlight and to store the plant indoors as a houseplant.

How do you get Haworthia to flower?

One of the best features of the Haworthiopsis fasciata is that it is a flowering succulent that produces great-looking flowers that are nice to look at regardless of wherever you may be keeping the plant. However, if you are keeping it outdoors, zebra plants bundled together will produce an amazing sight especially because of how they have white or pinkish flowers that are captivating to the senses.

For Haworthiopsis fasciata that are grown indoors, you can expect them to naturally flower during the spring or the summer. You don’t need to force them or to induce them into flowering because this plant will flower or bloom naturally on its own depending on the season or the time of the year. However, for those keeping it indoors, you have to understand that you won’t get the full bloom of this plant because it doesn’t get the same sunlight that it would if you had kept it outdoors.

Meanwhile, if you keep the Haworthiopsis fasciata outdoors, you can expect it to bloom sometime during springs or summers as well. However, there are cases where an outdoor zebra plant will flower during the fall. A zebra plant that is grown outdoors can produce a full bloom and may even grow long stems whenever it is flowering.

So, for those who are intending on keeping zebra plants for their flowers as decorative pieces for a garden, it might be best to keep them outdoors so that they will get to fully bloom as compared to when you keep the plants indoors. But you have to make sure that the outdoor climate in your region is suitable for the Haworthiopsis fasciata or else it might end up developing health problems if the climate is too cold or too hot for it.

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