Haworthia Emelyae

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The plant is endemic to South Africa in the Western Cape Province, among other regions. In nature, it mainly grows amidst crystal rocks. The plant is endangered since it keeps losing large parts of its natural habitat to farming. Also, the species keep getting collected by scientists and gardeners, and there are only about 10000 remaining in nature, still being depleted faster than they can be replaced.

Scientific Name:Haworthia Emelyae
Other Names:Haworthia Refusa Emelye
Growth Season:Summer
Preferred Temperature:It does best in temperatures between 15 and 20oC (59-68oF). It can withstand temperatures as low as -1.1oC (30oF) in dry winters. You may need to move it back indoors if temperatures are lower or it’s a wet winter.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9-11
Dormancy:The plant is dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It is not toxic to pets and humans. The majority will only happen if one ingests it.
Haworthia Emelyae Summary

Haworthia Emelyae Physical Characteristics

There is a reason why this plant is sought-after by collectors; it is pretty beautiful. It is a slow-growing plant with several variations across the species. The rosette’s diameter is 4-10 cm and rarely produces offsets. Each rosette has 15 to 20 leaves which are more or less triangular.

The foliage is convex and recurved. This plant’s leaves have tubercles and a red-brown hue. Also, the plant’s margin has tiny, sparse spines. It produces a raceme that is about 40 cm, and it is unbranched. It flowers sparsely produces white flowers, about 15 to 20 per blooming season. 

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Haworthia Emelyae Care

You can grow it on window sills, verandahs, and such locations. It can use water from one drink for a long time as a succulent before requiring another. Allow the soil to dry out before watering again, like when you use the soak-and-dry method. Keep the soil moist during hot summers but ensure it doesn’t get too wet. Allow the soil to dry completely before watering again in winter.

Adequate lighting is essential for its survival and quality, but keep it mostly under indirect sunlight.  You can expose the plant to direct sunlight for a few hours daily to facilitate growth and enhance foliage color when the sun is not too hot. The correct amount of sunlight will give the leaf’s veins a more pronounced enhancing appearance.

You can give it some fertilizer a few times in the growing season. The fertilizer should be a slow-release general-purpose fertilizer. Avoid feeding the plant too much nitrogen because it makes succulent leaves too watery and soggy.

The substrate in which you grow the plant should be very well drained but moisture retentive. It prevents water logging and therefore saves your plant from root rot.  A 50:50 mix between loamy soil and gravel will work. However, you can buy a commercial cactus mix to grow it in.

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Haworthia Emelyae Growth

It produces offsets sometimes, and you can propagate it using offsets if it has some. Leaf cuttings or seeds. It usually doesn’t need pruning except when looking for a leaf cutting to propagate.

Repotting is also rare because it is a slow-growing plant. The primary way to get the plant sick is by overwatering, so avoid it. Mealybugs, scale insects, and root insects are the main pests, but they aren’t a significant problem.

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