This species can be distinguished from its relatives by its flat leaf ends (not convex like Haworthia emelyae) which have more rounded tips, and a grey colour.
Sowing & planting
0 - 5
6 - 8
Plant my haworthia pygmaea
Typically a mild climate plant, Haworthia adapts especially well to the interiors of our homes and apartments. It develops well between temperatures of 18-22°C (slightly cooler in winter, if possible), and it needs light. Be careful nonetheless. Avoid placing the plant directly behind a window with too much sun exposure!
Water my haworthia pygmaea
Your haworthia dislikes humidity, and its water needs are pretty limited — it stores everything it needs inside its thick leaves!
During growth seasons (spring, summer), watering should be regular, about once or twice a month, but controlled, to make sure the roots don't rot. In autumn, gradually reduce watering until winter, when once-monthly watering will suffice.
Use soft (non-chalky) water, closer to room temperature than cold, as a significant temperature drop can cause serious stress to your plant.
Spray my haworthia pygmaea
In dry weather, spray your plant with soft water, clean the dust on the leaves: it will be all the more beautiful!
Repot my haworthia pygmaea
At the end of the winter every 3 or 4 years, repot your haworthia in a pot slightly larger than the current, with a mixture of sand and potting soil. Cover the root knot, but do not let the leaves touch the ground. Put the haworthia root knot just above the top of the soil! Do not water in the first days after potting: the roots damaged by repotting increase the chances of root rot. Wait a few days and water slightly the first two times.
Put outside my haworthia pygmaea
Do not hesitate to take out your haworthia for the summer! Just avoid placing it directly in the midday sun, or too much in the shade - acclimate it gently, and of course, keep watering! You will bring it inside at the end of Summer.
Shelter my haworthia pygmaea
Place your haworthia inside long before the first cool nights, in a room not too heated so that it "feels" the winter period: a cold around 5 to 10 ° C at night without artificial light! You should water once a month in winter.
Check on my haworthia pygmaea
If leaves become flat and low, increase sun exposure. The leaves of the haworthia must push upward or outward angularly, towards the sunlight. If they tend towards the ground or they grow outward, it is because the plant probably does not get enough sun. Move it to a sunny spot. If it's inside, think about letting it out during the day! Conversely, if the leaves turn brown, reduce exposure to the sun. If the leaves are thin and curly, increase the watering! And if the leaves turn yellow or sag, stop watering. Yellowing or "crumbling" leaves suffer from excess water.
Hawworthia is not very sensitive to diseases, except when it is too watered. It can then suffer the attacks of mealybug. Mealybugs are sucking biting insects covered with a sort of waxy or powdery shell. You can take it off with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol if they do too much damage.