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How to Grow and Care for a Cathedral Window Haworthia


Haworthia cymbiformis, commonly known as Cathedral Window Haworthia, is native to arid South Africa and is one species among 60 small succulents whose fleshy leaves grow around a center point, a shape biologists call a rosette. Cathedral Window Haworthia grows about 3 inches (7.5 cm) high, with light and dark green spots on all the leaves. Haworthia grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11, but they also work well as houseplants. Growing conditions for your plant remain the same whether you grow it indoors or out.

Growing Conditions and General Care

Locate your Cathedral Window Haworthia where it will be exposed to partial shade and bright, indirect light. Partially shaded sites are those that get some shade for at least half the day. Amend the soil, if needed, with sand, pumice or decomposed granite to ensure that it is fast-draining, or purchase a potting soil specifically designed for succulents if you plan to grow your plant indoors. Water your plant just enough to keep its leaves rounded and fleshy. The timing depends on your weather conditions, but Haworthia generally needs little to moderate watering, such as a thorough watering once every 2 or 3 weeks. Fertilize Haworthia lightly with an all-purpose fertilizer one time, at the beginning of the growing season, using half the recommended dose for your other garden plants. Alternatively, feed the plant with a fertilizer specially designed for succulents.

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Cut off the small stems and tiny flowers on your Cathedral Window Haworthia after they fade to keep the plant looking neat. Mulch potted Haworthia only for design purposes, using small polished stones or moss. Because Haworthia is a drought tolerate plant, mulching to help the soil retain moisture does more harm than good.

Mass Cathedral Window Haworthia with other small succulents of different shapes and colors in a pot for your deck, arrange them in a wooden frame for hanging on an outdoor wall or grow them in a succulent garden on your patio table top.


Cathedral Window Haworthia can be propagated at repotting time using offsets from the mother plant.



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