The Windowpane Plant ‘Haworthia Turgida’

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It is a small plant whose specific name is a testament to its turgid leaves. It is a native of the Cape Provinces of South Africa. Its leaves are somehow similar to those of Haworthia cooperi. The plant produces some dense clusters at the base.

Family:Aloaceae
Genus:Haworthia
Scientific Name:Haworthia Turgida
Other Names:  Aloe Turgida, Catevala Turgida
Growth Season:Winter
Preferred Temperature:It does best in temperatures between 16 and 38oC (60-100oF). Winter temperature should not be below -1.1oC (30oF) but can withstand and grow from 5oC (42oF). Keep it indoors if it is a wet winter.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 10-11b
Average Mature Height & Width:Its rosette is less than 4 inches wide and has a height of about 6 inches.
Dormancy:The plant is dormant in summer when the temperatures are high.
Toxicity:It is not toxic to pets and humans. The majority will only happen if one ingests it.
Haworthia Turgida Summary

Haworthia Turgida Physical Characteristics

Its leaves are about 1.3 cm wide, and they are equally thick. The shape may be called lanceolate-obovate and extend to a long-triangular profile. They are curved slightly backward, and they are also a little retuse. They are folded backward almost all the way, but openings (windows) at the top allow sunlight for the plant’s health.

Its leaves can turn burgundy when the plant is under stress from cold, excessive light, or lack of water due to drought. Its inflorescence is 6-8 inches long and blooms to 20 -30 brownish-white flowers in spring.

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Haworthia Turgida Care

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 make the leaf’s veins more pronounced, enhancing the plant’s appearance. It can withstand winter and grow in temperatures as low as 5oC (41oF). Move it indoors if the temperatures get too cold or the weather too wet.

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 Turgida Growth

It produces offsets, so you can propagate it using offsets, 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 primary pests, but they aren’t a significant problem.

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