Haworthia Limifolia

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  • Compact Succulent
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Succulent/Cacti Potting Mix
  • Mature Height 4 Inches
  • Pet Safe

Fairy Washboard is a compact member of the Aloe family and is a great beginner plant for novice gardeners. The textured leaves form a symmetric rosette as it grows. Haworthia limifolia is the scientific name, and it refers to the file-like edge of the leaves. The bold texture and markings are prized in this succulent plant. 

Best Locations For Growing Fairy Washboard

The compact size of this succulent makes it perfect for displaying on a window sill or with other plants on a shelf. This succulent is hardy to zone 9 and makes a great tabletop plant for the patio or deck during the summer in all of the growing zones. No parts of Fairy Washboard are toxic, so the plants might work in a brightly lit child's room, although care should be taken around the sharp edges and pointy ends of the leaves.

Fairy Washboard Sunlight Requirements

Since this succulent is a native of South Africa and Madagascar, it thrives in hot climates that are very bright. Indoors, place Fairy Washboard in a south-facing window to get as much direct sunlight as possible. The plant can be moved to a lower light spot if necessary, but the size of the leaves may decline.

Fairy Washboard Care

Repotting is not needed often since this succulent has a relatively shallow root system. Fairy Washboard regularly develops offset plants, or pups, which can be planted into their own pots at any time. Separating the mother from the pups is quickly done by breaking off the new plant and leaving it to dry for a day or two before potting. Use succulent and cactus potting soil that has a good amount of sand and perlite added. 

Watering Fairy Washboard

Water this plant once every 7-10 days during the fall and winter when it is actively growing. Haworthia will slow its growth during the hottest part of the summer and can be left to dry out thoroughly between waterings. If the leaves begin to look brown and shriveled up, the plant is dehydrated. The plant is easily revived with a good soaking in a tray of water for 30-40 minutes to allow the soil to rehydrate fully. Prune off any damaged or dead leaves to clean up the plant and keep pests away. Supplemental humidity is not usually needed, but in arid climates, a misting with distilled water every 2-3 days will help maintain strong growth.

Feeding Fairy Washboard

Fairy Washboard flowers regularly from fall to spring. Adding a diluted liquid succulent fertilizer to the watering once a month will support longer bloom times. Fertilizing in the summer is not needed, while the plant is semi-dormant.

Haworthia Limifolia Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: High
Habit: Clumping
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 4 inches
Mature Spread: 5 inches
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): White
Flower Shade/Description: White
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type:
Foliage Color(s): Green, White
Foliage Description: Green/Lime, White
Temperature: 30° - 50°F (-1° - 10°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Haworthia Limifolia
Other Name(s): Fairy Washboard
Scientific Name: Haworthiopsis limifolia
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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