Haworthia truncata Schönland
Haworthia truncata var. truncata
Native to South Africa (the winter rainfall region of the Little Karoo in the Western Cape).
Haworthia truncata is a small succulent plant that has unusual, gray or gray-green leaves with rough, warty surfaces and nearly rectangular crosssection. It grows up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) tall and spreads slowly up to 4 inches (10 cm) wide. Leaves are more or less upright, tightly appressed, and arranged in 2 opposite rows. Flowers are small, white, and appear mainly in late spring on slender, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long stems.
The specific epithet "truncata" is taken from the Latin word meaning "to cut off or shorten by cutting," referring to the leaf tips that end abruptly with a flat window.
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 truncata 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.
Forms, Cultivars, and Hybrids
- Haworthia truncata f. crassa
- Haworthia truncata f. variegata
- Haworthia truncata 'Lime Green'
- Haworthia 'Green Rose'
- Haworthia 'Kegani'
- Back to genus Haworthia
- Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus
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