Haworthias are small but impressive succulents, closely related to Aloes and Gasterias. They have been a firm favourite of mine for many years but they do seem quite unknown to the general public. Echeveria, Aloes and jade plants have enjoyed much of the succulent limelight, but I think Haworthias deserve some recognition. So here are five reasons why I personally rate Haworthias:
- I’m warm for their form: Like many succulent nerds, I love rosette forming succulents. Haworthia have a similar growing habit, however they are less prone to etiolation than other rosette forming succulents like Echeveria
- They look interesting: I enjoy the simplicity of the various shades of green Haworthias come in. To me green is the colour of balance and it works with everything! However Haworthias are made more complicated by their exquisite markings and textures which are beautiful at close range.
- They stay on the small side: If you’re a fan of houseplants, but you’re not blessed with space, knowing your plant is not going to eventually turn into a monster is quite a good thing. Haworthias are slow growing and dainty, so a great option for small flats and houses.
- They’re easy to work with: Haworthias are easy to manipulate and plant up in awkward containers. For this reason they are my go-to succulent for most new projects. They have thick fleshy roots that are easy to separate from each other, so they don’t get pot bound.
- They’re good value for money: I’ve always regarded Haworthias as easy succulents to look after – and that is saying something! I’ve noticed they hold their colour and form very well when they are in less than ideal conditions, i.e. you have forgotten to water them for weeks, or you’ve stuck them in a dark corner. Neglect, over-watering, under-watering and lack of sunlight will get the better of them eventually, but they hold their own for much longer than some of their chubbier succulent counterparts under the same conditions. For this reason I think they represent good value for money as I find I am less likely to accidently kill one than I am with other succulents.
Were you already a Haworthia fan or are you now converted? Are you already planning to invest in a Haworthia or do other succulents do it for you more? Please share below and have a great day!