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Haworthia parksiana

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Scientific Name

Haworthia parksiana Poelln.

Scientific Classification

Family: Asphodelaceae
Subfamily: Asphodeloideae
Tribe: Aloeae
Genus: Haworthia

Origin

Native to the Cape Provinces of South Africa.

Description

Haworthia parksiana is a stemless succulent that slowly grows in clumps of small rosettes. It is the smallest and possibly the rarest of all Haworthias. The rosettes grow up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Leaves are sharply recurved, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and with tiny tubercles that are scattered along the leaf surfaces. The leaf color varies from dark green to dull grey-green and reddish-green. Flowers are white with dull green veins and appear in fall on an unbranched, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall inflorescence.

For some unexplained reason, this species was named in honor of non-existent Mrs. Parks.

Photo by Alba_k

How to Grow and Care

Light: Although some species can grow in full, bright sun, most Haworthias live in more sheltered spots, and they are adapted to thrive in partial shade. Place the potted plants in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day.

Soil: All Haworthia species do not like their roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so their potting soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial succulent soil or make your own well-draining potting mix.

Hardiness: Haworthia parksiana can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: These succulents are very tolerant of underwatering, but overwatering can quickly lead to rotting. From spring to fall, water thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. During the winter rest period, water just enough to keep leaves from shriveling.

Fertilizing: Haworthias do not require much fertilizer. For optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.

Repotting: These succulents are generally slow-growing and can stay in the same pot for years. For best health, Haworthias should be repotted into fresh soil every two to three years.

Propagation: Vegetative propagation, especially by offsets, is the quickest and most common method of propagating Haworthias. They can also be propagated by leaves and seeds.

Toxicity: Haworthia species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

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