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Haworthia Flowering Growth Progress

Growth and Flowering of a Haworthia in Toronto, Canada

This growth story of a Haworthia, also sometimes called a Zebra plant has been beautifully photographed and cared for since 2014.  The owner and photographer shares more stunning photos of plants and gardening on instagram @_follis_.  He has kindly shared his story and photos below.

I had purchased the Haworthia in late November of 2014 at a Home Depot store near my college. As I am a lover of plants, I wanted to create a workspace at my desk that was filled with natural inspiration and beauty from plants. The little Haworthia was barely alive, and very dehydrated from it’s plastic container under fluorescent light. I had it on my desk for the remainder of the year up until April 2015. I did a full transplant into a terra cotta pot with proper desert succulent potting soil and moved it to a sunny window in my bedroom that faced East (allowing it to get full sun for a few hours every morning, and indirect sun all afternoon).

April 2015

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16th April 2015: Plant has just been repotted into terracotta pot and placed on windowsill
I eventually moved to the city, and placed my Haworthia in a bight, South-facing window, where it gets plenty of sun all year round. I water my Haworthia once a week on Saturday mornings, and give it a good soak until the water pours out into the bottom catch-tray. Over time, the leaves became thick and filled with water storage, and it slowly began to grow and progress.

January 2017

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22nd January 2017: Haworthia plant looking much healthier

February 2017

Eventually, it grew fully into the pot it was in, and yet another year went by with the same watering schedule, until this past February 2017 when I noticed, for the first time, a budding stem shooting out from the inner leaves of the rosette.
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16th February 2017: Haworthia has grown well into the terracotta pot

March 2017

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6th March 2017: Close up of the plant showing the texture of the leaves
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15th March 2017: Small growth of a flower appearing in the centre of the plant
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23rd March 2017: Just over a week later, the flower has grown much taller and is showing a bud ready to open

April 2017

Before I knew it, it continued to shoot up until little small buds shot out to produce small white flowers. It now has 3 complete off shoots from the main flowering shoot, all filled with white blooms. I am unsure how long this bloom will last, but I am so grateful that the plant was happy enough in its environment to be able to fully bloom. It is a plant lovers dream!
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13th April 2017: Tall flower shoot showing numerous flower buds has appeared rapidly
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29th April 2017: The flower has continued to grow rapidly and more shoots are coming off the main flower stem

May 2017

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3rd May 2017: Close up of the flowers opening along the stem

 

Haworthia fasciata ( Aloaceae )
7th May 2017: Flower growth appears to still be thriving and growing

 

What a stunning demonstration of rare flowering of a Haworthia! If you are interested in growing your own, they can be purchased here

 

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