Haworthia decipiens var. minor M.B.Bayer
Haworthia gracilis var. minor
The variety is native to South Africa. It occurs in the Groot River valley between the ranges in the Eastern Cape province.
Haworthia decipiens var. minor is a small succulent that forms stemless, slowly proliferous rosettes of thick, fleshy, broadly ovate leaves with sparse or sometimes without any spines on keels and margins. It differs from Haworthia decipiens var. decipiens mainly in having much smaller rosettes. The leaves are incurved and lighter green. Rosettes grow up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white with greenish-brown venation and appear densely arranged on slender, unbranched inflorescences from spring to fall.
The varietal epithet "minor (MY-nor)" is a Latin adjective meaning "less, lesser, inferior, smaller" and refers to the size of the variety, which is smaller compared to the type variety.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthia decipiens var. minor
Light: Place the potted plant in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day. White, yellow, or red-tinged leaves usually indicate that your H. decipiens var. minor receives too much sunlight. Deep shade tends to weaken the plant over a prolonged period. If your plant has spent the winter indoors, gradually move it outdoors into the bright sun to prevent sunburn.
Soil: Like all Haworthias, this plant does not like its roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so the soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make your own.
Temperature: This succulent likes warmer in the summer but cool temperatures in the winter. However, it does not like being too cold. H. decipiens var. minor can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: In spring and fall, when the growth is most active, water H. decipiens var. minor thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plant less during the winter when its growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when this plant is mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: H. decipiens var. minor does not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.
Repotting: This slow-growing succulent can stay in the same pot for years. To keep your plant healthy and happy, repot H. decipiens var. minor into fresh soil every two to three years in spring or fall. Repotting time is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Propagation: The quickest and most common method of propagating H. decipiens var. minor is by offsets. It can also be propagated by leaves and seeds. Remove the offsets when they have started developing their own roots. Sow the seeds in spring or fall in a well-draining soil mix.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
Toxicity of Haworthia decipiens var. minor
H. decipiens var. minor is considered non-toxic to humans and animals.
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