Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is a well-known succulent because of its pleasing appearance and features. It has silvery-green foliage with white bumps.

Those bumps resemble the texture of a washboard into where it gets its common name, “Fairy Washboard.” This succulent grows to form a rosette of triangular leaves. Its rosette can grow up to 4 inches but rarely produces more than that. 

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata also produces white flowers that appear in its long thin stem in the summer season. It is also a low-maintenance plant and easy to take care of and grow. That is why this succulent is one of the best house plants.

Haworthia Limifolia Var. Striata Care Guide Infographic

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata

Common name: Fairy Washboard

Family: Asphodelaceae

Tribe: Aloeae

Genus: Haworthia

Origin: Cape Province, South Africa

Flower color: White

Foliage color: Silvery-green

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata Care Guide

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is a bit fast-growing compared to other Haworthias. It is relatively a tiny succulent that can thrive even in winter.

This succulent is not sensitive; that is why it is easy to grow. You can develop the Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata both indoors or in an outside garden where it can get enough sun exposure.

Taking care of Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is easy, especially when you know what it needs explicitly to grow and thrive.

Watering Technique for Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata

Watering Technique

In watering your Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata, it is necessary to have a definite watering schedule. Having moist soil for too long is dangerous for the plant.

Therefore, having a solid watering schedule will help you remember when is the right time to water your succulents. For most Haworthias, once every two or three weeks is the watering schedule.

But it always depends on the season of the year and the location where you planted the succulent. In summer, watering your plant once every two weeks is needed but less frequent in winter. Some also use the “soak and dry method.” 

Tips:  * Collect rainwater and use that in watering your plant. Rainwater is beneficial for the succulent as it contains just enough minerals.

* Do not water the plant’s leaf to avoid possible leaf rotting.

Light Requirements

Lighting Condition

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata loves the bright sun but not from direct sunlight. It also thrives in partial shade, but it might not get its natural appearance.

Indoor – Putting Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata in a window sill is not a bad idea as long as it can get sunlight. When taken indoors, it is best to place it in an east-facing or west-facing window.

Outdoor­ – Since Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata prefers bright light. Putting it outdoors would be great. Just make sure that the location is away from direct sunlight to avoid sunburning its leaves.

Repotting

Repotting

You can repot the Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata once a year or after every two years. Repotting will help the succulent have fresh and fertile soil rich with minerals that is genuinely beneficial for the plant.

When repotting, make sure to remove all the previous soil mix on its roots to avoid transferring the bacteria to its new soil.

Soil Requirement

Soil Requirement

You can use a regular soil mix or cacti mix in growing Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata. As long as those soil mixes are fast-draining and don’t retain water for too long, they are good to use. If in case you do not trust ready-made soil mixes, you can always make your own. In doing so, you can refer to the chart below.

In measuring the ingredients, you need to mix the following:

  • Three parts all-purpose potting soil mix
  • Two parts coarse sand (avoid using turface because it is made up of clay and helps water retention)
  • 1 part perlite or pumice
  • A small amount of coconut coir

Take note: Adjust the ingredients as needed.

Hardiness and Temperature

Temperature

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is not a cold-hardy succulent. It can’t withstand freezing temperatures. That is why it is best to transfer this plant indoors in the winter season.

Fertilizing Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata

Fertilizer

Feeding your succulent is a great idea, but it is not required. Giving it a cacti fertilizer or a weak fertilizer during its growing season will surely help the plant.

Pruning

Pruning

Remove the dead, broken, and infected leaves immediately from the plant. Those kinds of leaves are effects of pest infection, which is harmful not just for the healthy leaves but also for the whole succulent.

In removing the infected leaves, use a clean scissor or knife and remove all parts of the infected leaves.

Pots

Pots

Choosing pots for the Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is the most exciting part of growing this succulent. You can choose from various designs and materials.

However, be careful about what to choose because the life of your plant also depends on the pot. So, you might want to consider the essential factors below.

Materials

Pots are made from different materials, but you might be wondering what type of material is the best for your Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata. Since this succulent prefers warm temperature and bright light, choose pots made in materials that can withstand warm temperature.

The container suitable for your succulent is one made up of plastic. Plastic pots can withstand both cold and warm temperatures, and they are cheap and lightweight as well. Avoid using pots made from metal and wood. Metal pots absorb heat quickly, especially when exposed to hot temperatures. On the other hand, wood pots tend to rot and release bacteria, which is harmful to Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata.

Drainage  Proper drainage is an important matter to consider. The pot to use must have enough holes for drainage. Poor drainage will undoubtedly lead to water retention, and water retention leads to root rot. 

Pot size  Small succulents are for small pots; the same goes for mid-sized and large succulents. Planting small-sized succulents in a large pot will give a lot of space for the root and result in a small plant.

Meanwhile, planting a large-sized succulent in a small pot won’t provide enough room for the roots to grow, so they will likely be tangled. That is why choosing the right pot size is necessary.

Succulent Arrangement

Planting Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata, together with other succulents, is excellent, but you must take note of the following:

  1. Group the Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata with succulents of the same hardiness.
  2. There must be enough space for every succulent and do not overcrowd them.
  3. Arrange the succulents accordingly, based on their sizes.

Diseases, Causes, and Solution

Pest

Here are some common problems your Haworthia may encounter:

1. Problem: Root or leaf rot 

Cause: Overwatering

Solution: Repotting is the key to resolve root rot. You need to remove the affected roots and replant the succulents to save them. After removing the affected roots, let the roots form callous for a few days and then replant them. Do not use its previous soil as it may contain bacteria. Instead, use fresh and fertile soil. On the other hand, if the succulent is experiencing leaf rot, remove the affected leaf or leaves. It is essential to remove every part of the leaf to avoid infecting other healthy leaves.

2. Problem: Wrinkling and dry leaves

Cause: Underwatering

Solution: Underwatering your plant is not a good idea. If your plant is experiencing this problem, adjust your watering schedule. Make sure to provide enough water so your Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata leaves turn back to their original form.

3. Problem: Sunburned leaves

Cause: Too much sun exposure in direct sunlight

Solution: Too much sun exposure leads to sunburned leaves. Carefully remove the affected leaves using a clean knife or scissors. Put the succulent in a spot where it can get bright light but away from direct sunlight.

4. Problem: Fading leaf color

Cause: Not getting sufficient sun exposure

Solution: Relocate the succulent—Place the Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata in a deep shade location where it can’t get enough sun exposure. That is why its green leaves slowly lose their color. Therefore, you must put it in an area where it can get enough sun exposure.

Toxicity

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata is non-toxic to humans and pets. 

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata during winter

The first thing you need to do when winter comes is to transfer your Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata indoors.

Since it rarely gets enough sun exposure during this season, you need to provide substitute light such as grow lights. Using such will help your succulent grow even without sunlight.

You can also use a plant cover to keep your succulent away from pests. Take note as well that during this time, Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata only require minimal watering. Once a month will suffice.

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata Propagation

Propagation

There are three primary ways on how to reproduce Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata. Below is the step-by-step process on how you can propagate this beautiful succulent.

Through leaf cuttings

1. Using a clean scissor or knife, cut healthy and matured leaves from a grown Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata.

2. Let the cuttings form callous for few days.

3. Prepare a shallow planting container and filled it with fast-draining soil mix. 

4. Lay the cuttings and give them enough water and sun exposure.

5. After they have grown roots, you can plant them individually in their pots.

Through offsets

1. Remove the offsets from the mother plant.

2. Let the roots form callous for few days.

3. After the roots are calloused, prepare a shallow planting container and filled it with fast-draining soil mix. 

4. Plant the offsets separately into their new pots.

5. Lastly, wait for one week before watering the newly planted succulents.

Propagating Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata through seeds

1. Secure a good quality Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata seeds.

2. Prepare a seed planting container and filled it with fast-draining soil mix.

3. Spread the seeds and make sure that there is enough space between them.

4. Do not cover the seeds with soil, and make sure to provide them enough sunlight and water.

5. After the roots, you can now plant them into their new pots.

Haworthia Limifolia var. Striata stands out among the rest because of its eye-catching appearance. It is not a complex plant to grow, which is a plus point too. But despite that, it also needs care. And that is what this article provides you. Happy planting! 

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