How do you keep Haworthia plump?

Answered by Jason Smith

To keep your Haworthia plant plump and healthy, it’s important to follow a few key watering techniques. First and foremost, make sure to water the plant thoroughly each time you water. This means pouring water onto the potting mix until it starts to seep out of the drainage hole(s). This ensures that the entire root system is adequately hydrated.

After watering, it’s crucial to allow any excess water to escape through the drainage hole(s). This helps prevent the plant from sitting in waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot and other issues. You can place a saucer or tray underneath the pot to catch the excess water and then empty it out after a few minutes.

One important thing to note is that Haworthias have a natural dormancy period in the summer, during which they slow down their growth and require less water. It’s best to reduce watering to a minimum during this time, only giving enough water to prevent the foliage from wrinkling or shriveling. It’s normal for the leaves to become slightly softer during dormancy.

In terms of frequency, how often you water will depend on various factors such as the size of the pot, the type of potting mix used, and the environmental conditions. Generally, Haworthias prefer to dry out completely between waterings to avoid overwatering. This helps prevent root rot and allows the plant to develop a robust root system.

To determine when it’s time to water again, you can check the moisture level of the potting mix. Insert your finger about an inch into the soil and if it feels dry, it’s time to water. However, if it still feels moist, it’s best to wait a bit longer before watering.

During the dormant period, it’s essential to be even more cautious with watering. The plant’s water requirements decrease significantly, so you’ll want to water even less frequently. Monitor the plant closely and adjust your watering accordingly to prevent overwatering.

In my personal experience, I’ve found that Haworthias are quite forgiving when it comes to underwatering, but they can suffer if consistently overwatered. I’ve had success with watering my Haworthia once every two to three weeks during the active growing season, and reducing it to once every four to six weeks during dormancy.

Remember to always observe your plant and adjust your watering routine based on its specific needs. Each plant may have slightly different requirements, so it’s important to pay attention to its individual response to watering. With proper watering techniques, your Haworthia will stay plump and thrive.