Haworthia Fasciata Care: Learn How To Grow The Zebra Cactus Plant

Haworthia fasciata (haw-WORTH-ee-uh fass-ee-AY-tuh) now named Haworthiopsis fasciata is a succulent plant, native to South Africa shrub lands.

Haworthia plants are often compared to Ox Tongue plants (Gasteria) and sometimes even confused with Aloe plants.

However, it is not surprising, like Aloes, Haworthia fasciata belongs to the Asphodeloideae family.

These plants have thick, dark green leaves with horizontal zebra stripes or bumps of white tubercles on the outer surface of the leaves.

potted Haworthia (Haworthiopsis fasciata)

Owing to this distinctive and beautiful foliage, these plants earned the common names of:

  • Zebra plant
  • Zebra cactus
  • Zebra Haworthia

The inside of the leaves is plain and smooth. Like most other succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance.

Fasciata is drought tolerant storing water in their thick and stiff leaves.

Caring For Haworthia fasciata

Size & Growth

The zebra fasciata is a relatively small plant. It grows in a rosette which can reach to around 5″ – 8” inches in height.

Generally, these plants grow actively during the spring and fall yet are considered one of the slower growing species.

The green triangular leaves are clustered together giving the plant a “Zebra” effect.

Flowering and Fragrance

H. fasciata is a flowering plant producing white flowers usually during the spring.

Some plants also bloom during the summer months.

Well grown plants produce inflorescence (long stems) during the flowering season.

These stems bear tiny stripped green and white flowers in color with no fragrance.

Keep in mind zebra fasciata cactus can experience have a hard time breaking out into full bloom when it is grown indoors.

Light & Temperature

These plants enjoy locations receiving a lot of bright light but no direct sunlight.

They do well in medium to high light. Therefore, when grown as a houseplant, it is generally advisable to keep them near east or south windows that receive loads of natural light.

During the summer, the ideal temperature for Haworthia fasciata ranges from 60° to 85° degrees Fahreinthite. They will tolerate high heat levels.

As the temperature drops; it is important to make sure that the temperature does not drop below 50° F to ensure plant health.

Watering and Feeding

Haworthia fasciata requires water in moderation.

During the summer, water the plant thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions. Be careful to avoid overwatering.

As these plants can store water in their leaves, reduce watering as the temperature starts to drop and allow the soil at the top to dry out.

When zebra cactus is grown in a terrarium, only use fertilizers once every 4 – 6 months.

Otherwise, applying liquid fertilizer every 2 – 3 months is enough to provide these plants with the nutrients for proper health and growth.

No need to fertilize during winter. Keep humidity low, around 10% or lower, at all times.

More in our article –> How To Water Succulents

Soil & Transplanting

Zebra fasciata grows best in a cactus potting mix that drains well.

A mixture of equal parts potting soil, sand, and perlite is also a viable alternative.

When plants outgrow their pot, transplant during the spring season.

It is advisable to move the succulent Haworthia to only a slightly bigger pot.

Generally, these plants need to be repotted every two years into a new cactus mix.

Grooming and Maintenance

Once the flowers fade, groom by cutting off the flower stems.

How to Propagate Zebra Fasciata Cactus

Fasciata succulents propagate easily – the same as Aloe plants.

Take cuttings from the parent plant, no longer than just a couple of inches long.

Let them dry for a few days, allowing the wound to heal, before planting.

Haworthia plants also produce offsets. Simply remove the baby plants from parent and replant in their own individual pots.

Irrespective of the propagation method, make sure not to overwater the plant.

Water sparingly, and allow the soil to dry afterward.

Zebra Fasciata Pest or Disease Problems

The most common problem encountered by Haworthia is scale insects.

These scale bugs stick to the leaves, robbing the plant of the essential nutrients.

If the plant is attacked, the easiest way to handle this problem is to spray the affected plant using a good-quality pesticide.

Learn how to control problems with succulent disease and pests

Uses For Fasciata Zebra Plant

Haworthia plants make excellent additions to desert dish-gardens.

Displaying these plants on windowsills in small pots is another way to appreciate the beautiful foliage of this extraordinary succulent as it thrives and flourish.

Haworthias are non-toxic making them excellent starter plants for kids.