If you are looking for an eye-catching but simple plant that is perfect for desks, kitchens or succulents, then Haworthia attenuata or zebra plants are your best choice. As long as you take good care of it, it can thrive in flower pots, on the ground, and even in interior decoration.
The striking green and white appearance is why they are so popular. This is how they caught my attention-I saw one in the nursery and bought it immediately!
Zebra cactus plants have an eye-catching appearance, which is one of the main reasons why they are so popular. Zebra cactus is often mistakenly regarded as an aloe plant. It belongs to the same subfamily and is confused with real cacti due to its similar appearance. The zebra plant has dark green leaves and bright white spots. It is a succulent perennial plant that can grow well in any place with plenty of sunlight or strong light.
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Zebra cactus is often confused with its relative, Haworthia fasciata, because of its similar appearance. The attribute that distinguishes the two is that fasciata has white warty nodules on the underside of the leaf, while attenuata has it on the top and bottom of the leaf.
The white nodules on both sides of its leaves are long and thin, a little spread out. The leaves are not fibrous, but if you touch the white stripes, you will feel swelling or bulging.
Types of zebra plants
You will find that there are several varieties and subspecies of zebra plants.
Some common types are discussed below.
Haworthiopsis attenuata var. radula
Commonly known as Hankey Dwarf Aloe, the leaves are brownish-green and has many more white tubercles than the normal variety. The leaves are longer and grows a bit more compact.
Haworthia attenuata f. variegata
This type is commonly known as Variegated Zebra plant.. It grows up to 6″ in height and diameter. The leaves are dark green and are pointed, but have yellow or cream-colored spots and bands, which gives it the classic variegated look.
Haworthia attenuata var. clariperla
This variety is distinguished from other fellow plants by its leaves that are evenly covered with white tubercles.
Haworthia attenuata ‘Crazed Glaze’
This variety is differentiated by its thinner, elongated leaves and speckling of white tubercles that are concentrated more at the growing tips of the leaves.
Zebra plant care
Light and temperature
In terms of lighting conditions, zebra plants and succulents prefer bright light, but it can handle partial shadows because it is very tolerant to different lighting conditions. Since there is less light available indoors, this makes them a wonderful glass container or indoor grower.
If you want good growth, give them at least 6 hours of bright light a day, which means that if you grow indoors, you should put them on a south-facing window sill, and if you are working in landscape design, you should put them on
outdoors in full sun.
If you grow indoors and there is not enough light, you can take the twelve rolls outside for a "walk" at any time, let it bask in full sun for a day or two, and then move it back indoors.
In terms of temperature, all types of Twelve Rolls like warm summers and cool winters, but don't like any temperature below 45°F because they will start to be damaged by frost.
Watering a pearl plant is simple: it doesn't need too much, and overwatering is the surest way to kill it. If planting indoors, just water it when the soil is completely dry. If you are outdoors, make sure that the soil is evenly moistened to slightly dry, because the leaves of this striped succulent plant contain a lot of water.
As you might imagine, zebra cactus prefers sandy soil with good drainage.
Any standard cactus and succulent mixture should be done well. You can use slightly acidic soil, and ideally, it prefers a pH range of 6.6. If you want to modify the indoor potting mix, just add more sand and perlite to place the soil where needed.
You don't need to fertilize frequently, but if you want to promote the growth of zebra succulents, you can give it diluted cactus fertilizer in spring and summer because the plants are growing at their maximum speed.
The easiest way to spread haworthia attenuata is by offsetting or cutting leaves. Offset is the easiest, because all you need to do is use a sharp knife and cut the offset from the mother plant, taking care not to damage the mother plant or the offset roots. Then, plant the offset in a new pot.
If propagating from cut leaves, you can twist a leaf from the root, let it dry, and then stick the cut end in fresh potting soil.
Due to their clumpy growth habit, it is best to put them in large and shallow pots rather than tall and thin pots. As the plant grows, it will produce offsets or small plants, which makes the entire container larger. Once it is pushed to the edge of the pot, you can increase the size of the pot by about 1-2 inches, or simply remove the offset and create a new twelve-roll cluster.
When growing zebra Twelve-roll plants, you may face problems such as root rot and mealybug attacks. These issues are discussed below.
If you notice browning of the tips of the leaves, this may be an underwater or sunburn problem. Usually these two problems occur at the same time, because soaking in water will make the plants more likely to dry out at the tips at high temperatures. Repair by allowing your plants to fully soak and possibly relocate to an area that can protect the hottest part of the day.
If you see mushy, drooping leaves and slow growth, it is likely that the plant has been overwatered. Your watering habits or soil mixture is the problem here-find out what you are wrong and correct it!
You are unlikely to find that this plant has many pest problems, but mealybugs and other types of scale insects may appear. You can use insecticide and insecticidal soap to remove them, or wipe the leaves with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol.
You won't see many diseases of Zebra Twelve Rolls-only diseases caused by overwatering.
Q. How often do haworthias need to be watered?
A. In general, you should wait until your soil is completely dry, then water deeply. This ends up working out to about once every 3 weeks in summer, and once every month or two in winter.
Q. My haworthia is turning red…why?
A. This is a typical response by the plant to being exposed to a lot of light. It’s not a bad thing, just a different appearance that some growers prefer!
Q. Will my haworthia bloom?
A. Haworthia does bloom, but as it’s a slow grower it can take a bit of time to show up, and won’t happen unless growing conditions are right – so follow this guide!