Veined Haworthia


Haworthia venosa subsp. tessellata (Veined Haworthia)

Haworthia venosa subsp. tessellata (Veined Haworthia) is one of the most widespread and also it is a very variable succulent plant. It is a slow-growing…

Veined Haworthia

Scientific name: Haworthia Tessellata
Synonym: Veined Haworthia, Aloe Tessellata

  • Great for small spaces
  • Fascination factor
  • Waterwise
  • Easy care

Comes in a 10cm Nursery Pot

The Haworthia species of succulent are a highly collectable clan of house plant and the Veined Haworthia is definitely not an exception. Most plant lovers are drawn to its attractive star-shape that is heavily veined and if allowed to stand in direct sunlight with flush a brilliant red.

This variety of houseplant is a compact grower and is more likely to spread then grow tall, making them ideal for small spaces or a happy window sill dweller. They require very little attention and prefer being watered once the soil has dried completely and will tolerate bouts of drought, they also will prefer to live where the air is on the drier side.

Veined Haworthia loves bright light to direct sunlight and the colour of this adorable plant can be manipulated according to the light it is given. They will thrive best in bright indirect light making them the ideal home or office plant.

Haworthia, in general, is so easy care that they are fantastic for the first time plant parent or less attentive plant lover. Pair them with a classical terracotta for an earthy look or a plain unadorned planter to allow these succulents lovely stars to shine.

Please note: Haworthia are happily pet and child friendly but prefer not to be eaten, rather admired.

Care Instructions

Follow these care instructions to keep your Veined Haworthia happy and healthy.

Water: Allow your Haworthia to dry completely between waterings but do not allow to stay dry for extended periods.
Light: Bright indirect light is ideal although your Haworthia can tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight that will make it flush red.
Humidity: Prefers low to no humidity.
Fertilize: Feeding is not necessary.

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Haworthia maughanii x truncata: A unique plant with thick leaves that look like jelly candies. This variety protects itself from drought and browsing animals by retreating underground. In order to get enough light to survive, its leaves are topped with translucent "windows" that allow sunlight to irradiate the leaf interior. The leaves have are a blue-green tone while the tops have a frosty, veined look. This variety is endangered in its native habitats in South Africa due to poaching. This plant is fully rooted in a 3.5" pot.

This variety of Haworthia likes a bit more light than most. They are particularly easy to grow and rarely affected by common succulent pests and diseases. Strong, drought-tolerant roots will grow if they have great drainage and infrequent water. Pick deep containers with drainage holes and a gritty, well-draining soil that is 50% to 70% mineral grit (coarse sand, pumice, or perlite). Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole and allow the soil to completely dry before watering again.

This genus tolerates high heat by slowing down and eventually going dormant in the peak of summer. This means that, unlike other succulents, it is important not to over-water or fertilize during summer dormancy and water a bit more frequently in the winter growing season. Haworthia are slow growers and tend to stay small in pots, but they will produce new offsets in clumps around their bases. These offsets can be left to develop into a dense clump or pulled off and transplanted.

How to Care For Haworthia tesselata

Haworthias are one of my favorite genus of houseplants. I appreciate that the charms of Haworthias aren’t obvious or flashy like some other succulent houseplants, the Echeverias for example. These are simple plants that are difficult to kill which makes them perfect for new plant parents.

If you are new to Haworthias or have struggled with caring for this plant in the past, this article should give you some guidance. We will discuss watering, light, best location in the house, temperature, fertilizer, humidity, flowers, insects, diseases, pruning, propagation and toxicity.

Haworthia tessellata has several synomyns including Haworthiopsis venosa ssp. tesselata, Haworthia venosa ssp. tessellata, Haworthiopsis tesselata, Alligator Plant, and Veined Haworthia.

Haworthia venosa ssp. tessellata

Many Haworthias have actually been reclassified as Haworthiopsis including the Haworthia tessellata. So it’s new officially correct name is Haworthiopsis venosa ssp. tessellata. To me the genus name, Haworthiopsis, is completely awkward and confusing. But no one asked for my opinion on the matter. So…

Watering – Water deeply but only once the soil has dried out in the pot. Using a finger to check the moisture level is a must. I make sure that the potting mix is dried out down several inches before I even consider watering. Also, a drainage hole in the planter is a must. Make sure to provide it a fast-draining potting mix and let all excess water drain out of the pot after watering.

It is important to slow down watering this plant during the hottest parts of summer. Haworthias will slow or stop growing during the summer and therefore do not require much water. Be sure to slow or stop watering during this time to prevent root rot.

Light requirements – Medium light is all that is needed for this plant. Direct sun will burn a Haworthia’s leaves. You will know the appropriateness of your light levels just based on the coloration of the leaves. H. tesselata will be green in low/medium light and brown/red in medium/bright light. Direct sunlight is not recommended.

Best Location in the House – Place H. tessellata directly in a North facing window and it will love you forever. If you don’t have a North window in your home, place it a few feet back from an East or West facing window (3-4 feet should be appropriate).

Temperature requirements – Like most houseplants, this Haworthia will live happily in the same temperatures that we humans like to live in. It is natural for Haworthias to “shut down”, so to speak, in the heat of summer. During this shut down they slow down or completely stop growing which helps them endure the oppressive heat of South Africa in summer.

Fertilizer – Dilute fertilizer by half. Apply fertilizer beginning in March as a general guideline. I personally use fertilizer in Spring and Fall, taking a rest from fertilizer in the Summer.

Humidity – Normal household humidity levels are completely appropriate. However, if you own other houseplants that require higher humidity (like I do) and have humidifiers running in your house for those other plants, I would not personally recommend keeping your H. tessellata too close to the humidifier. The more humid its environment, the slower its potting mix will dry out – which can cause root rot.

Flowers – This Haworthia can flower when it’s happy. You will know blooms are coming if you see extremely long stems shoot up from the center of the plant in the Summer. The flowers are just like other Haworthia plants, tiny cylindrical white and green flowers on top of extremely long stems.

Insects – I’ve kept Haworthias for many years now and I’ve never, not once, had pest issues with any of them. I don’t think this is luck because I’ve had many pest issues with other succulent plants. The insects just don’t find Haworthia plants attractive, which makes these basically the perfect houseplants (in my very humble opinion.)

Diseases – The Haworthia genus doesn’t seem to suffer many diseases. If you have lost a Haworthia, it is almost certainly because of root rot.

Pruning – I do not advise pruning your Haworthia. If your Haworthia has a leaf that has died, simply wait for the leaf to dry out completely and pull if off with just your hand. No other pruning is necessary.

Propagation – Haworthia plants do the propagating for us, so that’s nice and easy. They produce offsets or pups which will eventually grow into full sized plants. I prefer to allow Haworthia pups to grow to a decent size before separating them from the parent plant, but that’s a personal preference. Really the only requirement for separating is to make sure that the offset has some roots so that it can survive on its own.

Toxicity – Haworthia plants are non toxic for your dogs, cats and for humans. Animals in Namibia and South Africa search for Haworthia plants which they eat. But they aren’t really eating them for food. They use these plants as a source of water. I love that. Also, that is why many of the Haworthias (including Haworthia tessellata) have those famous “windows” on the tops of their leaves. They have to hide down in the soil to protect themselves from thirsty elephants.

I do want to point out that just because the plant parts of Haworthias are not poisonous for children or animals, they could still potentially be a choking hazard. So if you have a curious child or an animal that enjoys chewing of your houseplants living with you, you should still keep this plant out of reach.

Link to my Etsy shop, Matilda and Clementine which often (but not always) has Haworthia tessellata plants available.

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