Haworthia truncata var. minor Breuer
Haworthia truncata Schönland
This succulent is a dwarf form of Haworthia truncata found in a small area between Kammanassie Dam and Dysseldorp, Western Cape.
Haworthia truncata var. minor is a small succulent with gray or gray-green leaves with nearly rectangular crosssection, rough, warty surfaces, and usually hairy tips. It slowly offsets to form small clumps. Leaves are arranged in 2 opposite rows and are much smaller than those of the normal form. Flowers are small, white, and appear mainly in late spring on long, slender stems.
The varietal epithet "minor" derives from a Latin word meaning "rather small" and refers to the smaller size of the form compared to the normal form.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthia truncata var. minor
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 var. minor 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 truncata var. minor
Haworthia species are generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
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