Size and Growth
Unlike other Haworthia plant varieties, the plant tends to grow quickly but remains small. It rarely grows bigger than four inches in diameter and more than a few inches tall.
It features a rosette of triangular leaves with distinct ridges. These distinct ridges resemble the texture of a washboard, giving it the common name – Fairies Washboard.
Varieties of the plant are available with light to dark green leaves.
The leaves also tend to have a slight curve, creating a spiral effect that is quite dizzying when looking at the plant from above.
Flowering and Fragrance
The plants produce flower clusters in the summer, but the flowers are not showy. They appear in a cluster from the top of a 14″-inch stem growing from the center of the rosette.
Light and Temperature
Haworthia fasciata grows outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11.
In cooler regions and humid climates, grow the plant indoors, where temperature and humidity are easily controlled.
It grows best in bright light and warm, dry climates, but it can tolerate partial shade outdoors. Indoors, place the plant on a windowsill that allows the plant to get lots of sunlight throughout the day, without constant direct sunlight – no full sun.
NOTE: If the leaves turn white or yellow, the plant is getting too much sun. If the green color slowly fades, it’s not getting enough sun.
The plant does not tolerate frost.
If your location tends to get a breeze during winter, move it to a different spot or try to seal the opening.
Watering and Feeding
The Haworthia limifolia doesn’t need frequent watering, except during the summer. Water the plant evenly throughout the warmer months, as this is when the plant achieves most of its growth.
When the temperatures drop and the plant goes into dormancy, it doesn’t need water as often.
In fact, limit winter watering to every other month.
TIP: Avoid pouring water directly into the rosette, as it can collect and harm the plant.
Cactus fertilizer may be used during the summer to encourage healthier growth.
Soil and Transplanting
Grow the plant in succulent or cactus potting soil mix. Haworthia limifolia needs fast-draining soil.
Don’t try to improve the soil by adding sand, as sand tends to clog the soil and limit drainage.
If you cannot get the cactus mix, combine regular potting soil with perlite, pumice, or gravel.