Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtusa is a rather strange-looking succulent plant. It comes as a dense rosette and it is the appearance of its leaves that make it very interesting. We will be discussing here the things that you need to know about the plant and its most important maintenance tips.

Characteristics

Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtusa is a small rosette succulent that grows up to four inches in diameter. The name of the plant is derived from the Latin word “obtusus” meaning “blunt” or “dull”, which describes the obtuse tips of its leaves. This can be easily mistaken with the Haworthia cooperi var. truncata because of their strong resemblance with each other at a glance, especially their pulpy leaves. However, further examination of the two will reveal that the Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtusa has a different leaf shape and it is less translucent.

Normally, Haworthias reach a height of 3 up to 5 inches. However, it takes a long time for the plant to grow. It starts in small clusters but it spreads out over time.

Ideal Temperature

The Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtusa is native in Eastern Cape, South Africa. It thrives in warmer temperatures but it can also withstand climates going as low as 30 to 50 degress Fahrenheit.

Many species of the plant love full exposure to the sun, but some adapt better in partial shade. If you are not sure about the type or temperature requirement of your succulent, better keep it under partial shade where it is protected during the hottest part of the day.

Keep the plant indoors if the temperature in your area tends to drop lower than recommended. Utilize a grow light to compensate for the lack of sunlight.

Watering

Like other succulents, the Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtusa may become soggy and it may eventually die out with too much watering. Only put water when its soil or leaves appear to dry out. Use a handy water spray bottle when applying the liquid to avoid overwatering.

The only time when the succulent requires a more frequent watering is during its propagation stage. As it nears maturity, only water it sparingly.

Propagation

The Haworthia cymbiformis var. obtuse can be propagated using its seeds, leaves, and offsets. The easiest and most common method preferred by growers is via its offsets.

When doing the latter, make sure that the offset already has roots of its own before separating it from the mother plant. In the lateral stem connecting the parent plant and offset, it is recommended to make the cutting somewhere near the mother plant.

Now that you are ready to replant it, choose a succulent pot with holes as a bottom. The holes serve as drainage for excess water to avoid stagnation at the bottom of the plant. The water trapped under the roots may yield effects similar to overwatering. Use also a well-draining soil to keep the free flow of water from the topsoil down to the drainage of the pot.

Haworthias are not heavily dependent on fertilizers. To ensure its optimum growth though, it is strongly advised that you apply an ample amount of dilute fertilizer during the propagation phase.

About the author
Giancarlo Perlas
A freelance writer who loves cars, sports, carpentry, and gardening. Check him out on Twitter at @giancarloperlas and Pinterest at Succulent Shaman.

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