Haworthia Pilifera | Haworthia Obtusa Growth And Care Guide

Haworthia Pilifera | Haworthia Obtusa Growth And Care Guide
Haworthia Pilifera 

Hello succulent lovers, In this special article i am going to introduce to you one very beautiful, unique and one of the most beautiful succulent plant family members "Haworthia Obtusa" and "Haworthia pilifera". This family has large number of amazing and eye catching members they can attract you on their very first sight.

These succulents are native to South Africa. Their amazing leaf structures and looks are enough to make you in love with them. In this article I will mainly tell you few things about these succulents like usual. We will cover the following bullet points one by one to make easy and simple for you to understand. 

  • About The Succulents
  • Characteristics Of Haworthia Obtusa/pilifera
  • Preparing soil for growing
  • Understanding the transplantation methods.
  • How To Propagate them.
  • Watering Instructions.
  • Growth Cycle Information.
  • Placement And Sunlight.
  • Caring Tips For The Succulents.

About These Succulents

These succulents are easy to grow and very low maintenance plants that will suite themselves with the house climate. they grow slowly and therefore sometime you don't need to transplant them in one year. Very easy to to propagate from off sets. They are well known for their charm and affection. Haworthia Pilifera's transparent balloon like leaves are very hard to get unnoticed. 

Characteristics Of Haworthia Obtusa/Pilifera

These varieties grow in shape of clusters of rosettes in the arid regions of South Africa. They normally like to grow under the shade of trees and grasses. As a result, they don’t like to be grown in direct sunlight. These plants produces fleshy, light green small leaves. The top sides of the leaves on these unique succulents are see-through like glass, and referred to as “leaf windows.” In their natural habitat, these plants grow partway underground while the windows sit above ground for photosynthesis.

The rosettes can grow up to 4 inches in diameters. The leaves of Haworthia Obtuse and Pilifera have a unique structure. they resemble like water boat with a fine beautiful transparent tip. The leaves also posses dark green lines in from stern to aft in a regular pattern which double the charm of the plant.

Soil Preparation

There are few common way of preparing soil for planting the succulents. People use different ways to prepare the soil and grow them. however what ever the soil composition you may use just make sure to keep in mind these few things. 

Succulents requires soft and light soil mixture that is slightly porous in nature to ensure aeration. Second thing is that the mixture must be well and quickly drain-able to avoid root rots. Below I am going to tell you two simple methods of preparing the soil for planting Haworthia Pilifera/Obtusa. 

Haworthia Pilifera | Haworthia Obtusa Growth And Care Guide
Haworthia Obtusa

Composition No.1

This is a simple method and the raw materials are easily available. Take 3 parts of sand and mix it with 3 parts of garden soil and then put 1.5 to 2 parts of perlite or pumice. Simply you can say 3 big scoops of sand with 3 scoops of garden soil and 1.5 to 2 scoops of perlite or pumice.

Composition No.2

In this method I use to take 4 parts of Akadama small grains and mix it with 2 parts of kanuma soil, then mix this mixture with 1.5 part of Mulch. This mixture will ensure very good drainage and aeration. Purpose of adding mulch is to keep the mixture soft and light and making the soil mixture fertile as mulch is an organic waste of leaves, barks, grasses etc. 

Once your soil is ready with it's better ratio now it's time to transplant the Haworthia Obtusa. This detail guide is also for Haworthia Pilifera. You can also add a thin layer of large granules of akadama or pumice at the bottom of the pot in both methods. This will avoid the blockage of bottom hole as a result of soil passing and accumulating there.

How To Transplant The Succulents

Transplanting your succulent is an easy job to do. below are the tips that I follow to transplant this plant.

  • First of all pull out the plant gently from the pot without damaging the roots and stem.
  • Now after you have done this, remove the dead roots and brush off 2/3rd of the soil from the roots.
  • Now you can add granular fertilizer on the top of the pumice or akadama layer. 
  • After the fertilizer is added pour the soil mixture into the pot and plant the succulent like normal. 
  • Keep your plant in a partial shade for around 4 to 5 days without watering it. After that period you can start watering your plant normally. 

Propagating the Haworthia Pilifera/Obtusa

If you are growing succulent from quite sometime then you will know that there two very common methods of propagating the succulents which are leaf cuttings and stem cuttings methods. There is one more method of propagating most of the succulents and that one is called plant division. So for those who are searching for how to propagate the succulent I will describe the two methods below.

1. Leaf Cutting

This is very simple and easy to do method. All you need to do is cut a leaf from the stem of the plant and keep it for about one week to get dry. After one week insert the leaf in the dampened soil. The leaf will start roots after few days which then can be transplanted to new pot. 

2. Plant Division

In this method the older plant which has developed more and strong roots can be divided in to two parts normally by pulling the plant along with roots. But for some succulents which produces small off sets at lower part of the plant the off sets can be removed and planted separately as new plant. This can be done very easily just carefully separate the off set which has developed some roots and transplant it in to another pot with fresh soil. 

Watering Routine

Haworthia Obtusa/Pilifera are very hard to less watering routine. They requires less watering in winter time but in summer they need to be water frequently. Down below I have provided the watering routine for these plants.

  •  These plants requires very little amount of water in winter. From 2nd half of December until last half of February you only need to water just to keep them fresh and avoid them to get shriveled. Water them twice a month or it could be even more in some regions where you can water after 20 days.
  • From the start of spring it is advised to increase watering frequency slowly and it may reach up to every 4 or 5 days till end of June or water only when the soil get dry. 
  • From July until the first half of September reduce the watering frequency as these plants don't like high humidity. You can water when the soil is getting dry.
  • After September you will have to water frequently once again and this routine can be followed till December.

Sunlight And Placement Instructions

Haworthia Pilifera/Obtusa plants are very intolerant to direct sunlight. they like to be grown in shady areas and next to other small plants and grasses. If they are exposed to direct sunlight in summer the plant leaves will turn red. This is due to the sun burn as they can not with stand hot rays. 

You can grow them outdoor under controlled sunlight(partial shade). This can be achieved either by placing then under half shady tree or by using net to reduce the sun light and intensity. I have provided yearly sunlight and placement routine for you down below.

  • In winter time which is from December and will last end of February in most of the regions, these plant can be kept indoor. Make sure you keep them next to windows where direct sunlight can pass on to them.
  • From beginning of spring until the end of November these plants must be shifted to shady areas away from direct sunlight exposure. 

Growth Rate And Flowering

Haworthia pilifera and haworthia obtusa has slow growth in winter season from December until 2nd half of February. They start growing fast when the spring calls and their fast growth continue until late June. In the month of July till September in extreme hot and humid season their growth slows down. Once September is over the plant will start growing better and fast until the arrival of winter.

These succulents can survive up to -2 degree Celsius bur are weak to hot weathers.

Like most of the succulents, these plants also bloom in Spring and this period remains from March till later half of May.

Caring Tips For Haworthia Obtusa var. pilifera

In the wild, these plants grow at the bases of bushes and trees, so grow them in partial shade and out of direct sunlight. You can use 50% shade netting to soften the sunlight, but if you shade a plant too much it will become etiolated. When the
sunlight is at its strongest during midsummer, you will need shade netting of 80% or higher. 

These varieties hate the heat and high humidity of summer, so make sure your plant has good ventilation and water it less frequently. During the growth periods, give your plant lots of water after the soil has dried.

Do not Over water if you don't want to kill your bestie especially in winter. The roots can get rot. Periodically check the bottom hole for blockage and if possible use pot with several holes.

Haworthia plants live in partially shady environments, so if your succulent is exposed to strong, direct sunlight, it will turn red. Consider it impossible to grow your succulent out in the sun. If you put up something like shade netting (cheesecloth) and grow your plant in partial shade, it should gradually
lose its redness and return to normal.

Haworthia obtusa/Pilifera can be transplanted twice every year and this advised to transplant your succulent in it best periods only. The transplantation can be done either in the month of February or you can do it in August. If by some means you did not make it to transplant your succulent in a year then please add some fertilizer either in March or in between the later half of September and first half of October.

Propagation is possible twice per year either in the month of March to May or in the later half of September or first half of October. 


As per medical research these plants are non toxic to human and animals. 

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