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Haworthia reticulata

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Scientific Name

Haworthia reticulata Haw.

Synonyms

Aloe reticulata, Apicra reticulata, Catevala reticulata

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Endemic to the area between Worcester and Robertson in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Description

Haworthia reticulata is small succulent with rosettes, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter, of yellowish-green leaves that turn reddish in direct sunlight. It produces offsets freely and, in nature, usually grows in large clusters. Fleshy leaves are smooth with a translucent part near the tips, few longitudinal lines across the upper surface, and small teeth on the margins. They are suberect, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. Flowers are white to pinkish and borne on simple, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall inflorescences.

H. reticulata is very similar to Haworthia herbacea, another endemic species to Western Cape, and it is difficult to distinguish between the two of them.

The specific epithet "reticulata" derives from the Latin "rete," meaning "net" and refers to the netted pattern on of the leaves.

How to Grow and Care for Haworthia reticulata

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 reticulata can withstand 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.

Toxicity of Haworthia reticulata

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

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