Haworthia Limifolia Care and Propagation (A Complete Guide)

By | Updated September 4, 2023

Haworthia Limifolia is a beautiful succulent plant that grows in South Africa.

In this blog post, we’ll go over everything you need to know about taking care of Haworthia limifolia plants.

We’ll also cover how to start propagating it so that you can have your own Haworthia limifolia succulent garden!

About the Haworthia Limifolia

This succulent is a native of South Africa. Its flowers are small and white, with red stripes on the inside petals.

The Haworthia limifolia plant can grow up to four inches wide by a few inches tall in its natural habitat.

The Haworthia succulents form dense clusters in rocky outcrops, which are often found near streams or water sources.

This means that they need plenty of light and very well-draining soil not to rot their roots when there is too much moisture around them for extended periods.

They’re dormant during cold months and will start growing again after the rainy season starts back up again.

Haworthias have long needle-like leaves that create a beautiful texture mix with the flowers when grown in clusters.

This succulent is also known by the name ‘Fairies Washboard’.

How To Care for Haworthia Limifolia

Sun Exposure & Light Requirements

The Haworthia limifolia is a plant that thrives in bright sunlight.

When cultivated indoors, it needs to be near an east-facing window or outdoors.

It should never be located on the west side of a building where it will receive full sun exposure all day for many months out of the year; this can burn and kill plants.

If you live in a hot climate with no air conditioning, do not put your Haworthia limifolia by any windows.

The Haworthia plant should instead stay farther from any windows but still gets plenty of indirect light during the daytime hours through reflective surfaces like mirrors or glass panels on doors or walls facing southeast.


Haworthia Limifolia succulents don’t require a lot of water. The best way to know when they need watering is the leaves will start looking dry and wilted, or if you touch them, they will feel very light (almost papery).

Water haworthia limifolia succulents only when their soil dries out completely before touching the surface for at least one day.

Water haworthia limifolia succulents approximately one to two times per week during hot, dry months or while the plant gets a lot of direct sunlight.

However, if you notice that they are retaining water and not drying out quickly enough, then it might be better to reduce watering for these plants.

Haworthias dislike standing water at their roots due to rot-causing bacteria.

The Haworthia will show signs of distress when too wet (yellowing leaves) or too dry (wilted leaves).

Do your best to keep them moist but within healthy limits, as needed!


Haworthia Limifolia plants need well-drained soil and can not stand waterlogged soils.

Some commonly recommended options are a cactus mix or a succulent soil mix.

Also, a good potting mix for Haworthias is made up of one part sand, one part peat moss, and half parts perlite or vermiculite.

If you are planting a plant in a container, make sure it has drainage holes in the bottom. This way, water can drain, and the plant doesn’t get too wet.

In general, Haworthia plants prefer a soil that doesn’t contain too many nutrients.

This is because Haworthias store their water in thick leaves rather than storing it as sap as other succulent plants do.

The less they have to work for the moisture, the better off they are over time.

Haworthias also need sandy soils so that there’s plenty of airflow and drainage for them to grow well without getting root rot or being killed by mildew.

Temperature and Humidity

The haworthia limifolia plant likes warm, dry conditions.

It can withstand high temperatures and low humidity levels, making it a good choice for desert climates or indoors in the winter when heating systems are on full blast.


The Haworthia limifolia succulent requires daytime temperatures to be about 75 degrees Fahrenheit (about 24 degrees Celsius) during its active growing season from September through April.

Nighttime temperatures should not drop below 60°F (16°C). Temperatures above 86°F (30°C) are risky because Haworthias need very little water to survive, so they will turn brown if they get too hot.


Low is the way to go!

We recommend not exceeding 40% relative humidity for healthy plant growth, as this may encourage mold, which will kill your plants quickly.

Fertilizing Haworthia Limifolia

Fertilizing haworthia can be done either with a fertilizer mix specifically designed for succulents or by diluting pure water-soluble houseplant fertilizer at the rate of one tablespoon per gallon.

In both cases, fertilize Haworthias in early spring and again in late summer when plants are actively growing.

Don’t feed Haworthias during winter months when watering is usually sufficient to keep them healthy.

Use caution not to over-fertilize Haworthias since it may burn their leaves.

Mix only as much fertilizer as you need using enough warm water to dissolve all nutrients entirely before applying to your plant’s soil surface.

Potting and Repotting

It is essential to know when it’s time to repot Haworthia limifolia plants.

The plant isn’t picky and will do well in either a clay pot or a plastic container. Just make sure the drainage holes are on the bottom of the pot as Haworthias like their soil dry between waterings.

Remember that Haworthias also prefer fast-draining soils, so don’t use any peat moss, sphagnum moss composts with lots of organic materials (bark), topsoil, etc., which will hold too much moisture and create an environment for rot.

To avoid stressing your Haworthia during transplanting, take care not to disturb its roots by disturbing them.

Once Haworthia limifolia plants are out of the pot, use a knife to gently cut away any organic matter from around its roots and remove as much soil as possible without damaging them.

Transfer your Haworthia into the new container carefully so that no more than 20% of their root ball is disturbed.

The best time for repotting Haworthias is during spring or summer when they’re actively growing (never in autumn).


Pruning Haworthia limifolia is not a common practice. This plant can be kept compact by pinching off the terminal growth before it becomes too leggy.

The Haworthia will grow more slowly but retain its shape in this way.

To encourage denser foliage, cut an inch or so of top growth periodically to maintain at least two sets of leaves on each stem.

Lighter-colored plants with showier markings are often pruned for general interest and ease of handling.

Haworthias with dark green leaves tend to be left alone because they don’t get as spindly with age. They show less tendency to become overly long and spindly when you cut them.

In any case, Haworthia should never be cut back by more than one-third of the entire plant, or growth will become stunted.

Pruning haworthia that has not been noticeably pruned for a few years is generally recommended. It can take up to three years before any new branches begin to show from old cuts.

Pests and Diseases

The haworthia limifolia succulent can be prone to pests and diseases.


To avoid these, you must take precautions against the following:


Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied plant sap-sucking bugs resembling tiny cotton pieces.

They can be controlled with a wide variety of pesticides, including horticultural oils that suffocate them.

Scale Insects

Scale insects also cause damage by sucking out fluids from plants while they produce honeydew, leading to sooty mold growth on leaves.

These insects are best treated with contact pesticides such as horticultural oils or insecticidal soaps.


Whiteflies are a type of insect that sucks juices. Lots of them do this at the same time, so they have a significant impact on plants.

They secrete honeydew without causing any visible symptoms in most cases at first.

However, honeydew attracts other insects and mites. This makes Haworthia more likely to be attacked by these pests.

To control this type of bug, use neem oil which will suffocate the pests and stop feeding.


Haworthia limifolia succulent plants are perfectly capable of contracting various diseases.

The most common type is leaf rot, which affects the leaves and stems, sometimes causing them to turn brown or even black.

To prevent this from happening, you should water your Haworthias in a way that keeps its roots dry as much as possible during nighttime hours when humidity is high.

It’s also important not to overwater Haworthia Limifolia succulents since they have such shallow roots.

This will help keep it away from fungal spores, which cause many types of plant disease, including leaf rot.

How To Propagate Haworthia Limifolia

Haworthia limifolia succulent plant is slow-growing and easy to propagate.

Propagating Haworthia plants can be done by removing one or two offsets from the mother plant, carefully detaching it from its roots, and planting it in a shallow container of potting soil with drainage holes.

The Haworthia limifolia will soon start growing new leaves.

The Haworthia Limifolia should not require fertilizing during propagation because these would rot before they grow into plants.

They do need plenty of bright light for photosynthesis, so make sure you place them where they’re exposed to direct light most of the day if possible.

The Haworthia limifolia also needs water regularly but sparingly – preferably on warm days when natural rainfall is insufficient to keep the plant alive.

Remember to keep this succulent moist during its active growth period, but never soaking wet as you can cause root rot.

After a few months, your new Haworthias will be ready for repotting into bigger containers or even outdoors if the climate is warm enough where you live!

To make sure each offset has good roots before moving them away from their parent plants, put about an inch of potting mix at the bottom of individual pots and carefully place offsets on top so that the Haworthia limifolia’s roots are well supported.

Is the Haworthia Limifolia Toxic?

Haworthia Limifolia plants are not toxic to humans or pets.

However, Haworthia limifolia plants do have a sap that can irritate the skin, so it is recommended to wear gloves when handling this plant.

Final Thoughts

Haworthia limifolia is a plant that is easy to grow and propagate and is a great plant to grow for both your home and office.

The haworthia limifolia care instructions are pretty easy to follow.

All you need are the right conditions like sunlight, water, soil drainage, temperature, and protection from pests and overwatering.

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