Zebra Succulent Plant Care – Ultimate Guide

Haworthia attenuata is an excellent indoor succulent whose appearance gives a modern touch to the environment, besides being one of the easiest to care for. Learn all about Zebra succulent plant care in this article.

Originally from South Africa, this medium-sized succulent can reach 8“ (20 cm)in height. Although it does not reach a large size, it is very resistant to pests and low temperatures.

Where to Plant a Haworthia attenuata

This plant is both indoors and outdoors, so the best way to grow it will be:

Use pots and planters that are wider than they are tall.

Position it in a well-lit area but always avoid direct sun exposure during the hottest hours of the day.

They do not need pruning

Avoid a temperature lower than 50 °F (10°C).

How to Take Care of a Zebra Plant Succulent

It does not need major care but it is important to know its needs.

When choosing a substrate we have to take into account that this zebra plant needs a substrate that drains very well the water.

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Zebra Plant Succulent Soil

This species has a very small root system and can grow in small pots easily. For the substrate, use small stones mixed with a little sand for drainage. Fertilize the plant once or twice a year with organic fertilizer. The pots should be small and shallow.

Suitable soil



And that does not retain moisture.

Fertilizer: It should be fertilized during the flowering period, using specific fertilizer for cactus diluting it in the normal irrigation water.

Zebra Succulent Watering

Being a Succulent it can retain and store water, this means that it does not need much.

If we have to talk about a weakness, this would be the excess of water and too compact soil.

In hot periods it should be watered every 15 days or when the soil is completely dry, in the most humid periods it can be once a month.

In winter and cold climates succulents are dormant, so they will need much less water, as they grow very slowly or not at all. So they should only be watered when the substrate is completely dry, pay attention to the humidity of the soil.

Zebra Succulent Light

The Haworthia attenuata is sensitive to direct sun which makes it an ideal plant to decorate the interior of our house, what we have to take into consideration is that it requires very good light, so we can place it near a window or give it light baths from time to time.

Repotting Zebra Plant Succulent

This process is not difficult at all, the first step is to turn the pot upside down holding the soil with one hand. Some gardening tools can be helpful when removing the plant to avoid hurting the roots and to make sure that the plant does not suffer in the process.

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Zebra Plant Succulent Flower

If well cared for, it flowers from late winter to early spring. Its flowers are small, flattened, and white or pale yellow.

Zebra Succulent Propagation

It can be propagated by seeds or by sprouts.

Zebra Succulent Propagation by Seed

We have to wait for the plant to flower and once it is dry, we can remove the seed and plant, the process can take several months.

Zebra Succulent Propagation by Offshoots

Is the most common, these tillers are growing under the mother plant, for which we have to wait until they reach at least 2“(5 cm) of growth and remove them carefully so as not to break their root. Once detached from the mother plant, just transplant them in a new pot and wait a few days for their first watering.

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Zebra Succulent Propagation by Leaves

Taking into account the ease of propagation of this plant using offshoots, it is worth trying its reproduction using leaf cuttings, although the probabilities of a successful result are not too many.

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Pests and Diseases Zebra Succulent

The most common pest is the cottony mealybug that mainly attacks the roots.

 It is important that if you notice a loss of vigorousness in the plant, remove and observe the roots to confirm that they have not been attacked by mealybugs.

If this is the case, the roots should be washed with water and an alcohol wipe, and a specific product should then be applied.

As for diseases, symptoms can be identified by observing the leaves, if they are soft and brown we are facing a case of overwatering, while if they are elongated it means a lack of lighting.

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About Julia Morgan

We are the Morgans, Henry, and Julia, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for TheGardenStyle.com as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website. We hope that all our advice will be useful to you and that you will become an expert gardener.