Monday, July 29, 2013

The plant of the day (11) - Haworthia Margaritifera

An unusual clump-forming, stemless plant from the Western Cape, South Africa, the pearl haworthia has a rosette of around 50 tightly packed, fat, rigid, dark green or purple-green leaves, with sharp, red-brown tips covered in rough, pearly white, lumps. Branched stems, to 16 in. (40cm) long. form in summer, bearing tube-shaped, brown to yellow-green flowers in clusters up to 6in. (15cm) long. They are best grown like cacti, in individual pots, or in groups in a larger container.

Size :  Spread 4-7 in. (10-18cm)
Light : Indirect sunlight.
Temperature : Keep cool at all times.
Moisture : Keep moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply only enough water to prevent the soil drying out.
Feeding :  Give low-nitrogen liquid fertilizer once a month from spring to fall.
Propagation : Sow seed, remove off-sets, or divide, in spring
Special needs : Do not allow the soil to become wet or the roots will rot.


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