Tulista pumila 'Variegata'
Accepted Scientific Name
Tulista pumila (L.) G.D.Rowley
Pearl Plant, Miniature Aloe
Haworthia pumila f. variegata, Haworthia pumila 'Variegata', Tulista pumila f. variegata
This succulent is a form of Tulista pumila selected for its variegated foliage.
Tulista pumila 'Variegata', formerly known as Haworthia pumila 'Variegata', is a small, slowly proliferous succulent that forms attractive rosettes of variegated leaves covered with raised white tubercles. The leaves are olive-green to dark brownish-green with irregular creamy-white to yellow markings. The slow-growing rosettes are 12 inches (30 cm) tall and up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The thick fleshy leaves are triangular-ovate to broadly lanceolate, upright, sometimes incurved, up to 5.6 inches (14 cm) long, and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. Flowers are greenish to brownish-white, waxy in texture, and appear on slender, up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall spikes in summer.
How to Grow and Care for Tulista pumila 'Variegata'
Light: This succulent tolerates full sun, but it prefers semi-shaded positions. Any window in your home or office is likely to be an appropriate setting for T. pumila 'Variegata'.
Soil: Use a commercial soil mix formulated for succulents or make your own.
Temperature: T. pumila 'Variegata' likes warmer temperatures in summer but cool in winter. It can tolerate cold down to 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 T. pumila 'Variegata' 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: T. pumila 'Variegata' does not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed during the growing season with a weak fertilizer solution. Do not fertilize during the winter.
Repotting: When it begins to outgrow its pot, repot your T. pumila 'Variegata' in a new shallow and slightly larger pot with fresh soil. The best time to repot is in the spring or early summer.
Propagation: This plant rarely offsets, so most propagation is by seeds. Spring is the best time to sow seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tulista.
Toxicity of Tulista pumila 'Variegata'
T. pumila 'Variegata' is considered non-toxic to humans and animals.
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