When it comes to indoor plants and their visual appeal, one of the most beautiful sights you can lay your eyes on is the haworthia in full bloom.
When in bloom, this relatively small plant grows incredibly long flower stalks (more than 10 times its size) and shows off beautiful white flowers.
However, not all haworthia owners get to enjoy this remarkable sight.
Even though it has the ability to flower throughout the summer, depending on various factors, it can be years before it actually blooms.
As this is such a rare occurrence, many haworthia owners don’t know much about its blooming process or how to encourage it and are unsure about what to do once their plant flowers.
As many of them may have experience with other succulents, one of the most common questions they ask is do haworthia die after flowering.
Do Haworthia Die After Flowering?
Plenty of succulents are monocarpic, which means that they die after they flower.
Luckily for haworthia owners, this plant, although a succulent itself, doesn’t die after flowering.
Instead, under the right conditions, haworthia can bloom multiple times in its lifespan.
The main reason for this is that its flowers grow in a cluster on the long stem. This cluster of flowers is also known as inflorescence.
So, as long as the rest of the plant is healthy, the stem will keep growing producing more flower buds during every blooming season.
So, as your plant won’t die after the flowing, haworthia bloom is nothing to worry about.
In fact, it’s the opposite, as the opportunity to see a haworthia flower means that you’ve taken good care of your plant and provided it with a perfect environment for development and healthy growth.
How to Encourage Haworthia to Flower?
As I already explained, haworthia won’t necessarily flower every year.
This plant is very slow to grow and mature, meaning it can be years before it’s in bloom for the first time.
So, you shouldn’t expect it to flower right away after you purchase it from a nursery or garden store.
In most cases, you will have to wait at least two or three years. Even when haworthia matures, it will take perfect conditions and some luck to see it flower.
The good news is that there are ways to encourage haworthia to flower and get it to do it faster than usual
To get your haworthia to bloom, you will have to take proper care of it and do everything to create optimal conditions for it to develop.
Below are a few tips on how to achieve this.
Haworthia enjoys the sun and you should provide it with a spot where it can get plenty of bright light.
The light plays a role in triggering the production of chemicals responsible for haworthia flowering.
However, it shouldn’t be directly exposed to the sunlight, as doing this could burn and damage the leaves.
It’s best to put your haworthia at a location where it can get a few hours of sun earlier in the morning, while it’s still fairly weak.
Also, try to arrange the plant so it only gets indirect sunlight.
Smaller plants that can fit, can be placed on the window sill to get the right amount of light.
Like most other succulents, haworthia doesn’t need much water, and doing it too much may drown the roots and damage the entire plant, causing the leaves to wilt and discolor.
On the other hand, it’s not particularly drought-tolerant, so make sure to avoid longer dry periods.
So, while you should water regularly, the watering should be moderate.
You should only water the haworthia when the top level of soil feels dry at the dept of around one inch.
During the flowering process, the plant will need slightly more watering, to ensure it stays healthy, strong, and growing straight.
Particularly pay attention to the haworthia’s leaves and if you notice that they’re wilting increase the watering level.
In the winter, when the plant goes dormant, the plant will need significantly less wear, so ensure to dial it down accordingly.
To allow your haworthia to develop properly and enjoy a favorable environment, pay attention to what type of pot you’re using.
For best results and greater chances of flowering, make sure to use a pot with solid drainage.
Haworthia doesn’t like stagnant water and waterlogged soil may cause its roots to rot.
A pot with drainage holes will provide an opportunity for the extra water to flush away and, in addition, allow the air to circulate better within the soil.
Soil and Fertilizing
For even better results, check with the experts at your local nursery which type of soil is best for succulents and how to prepare it to create the best possible environment for them to thrive.
Fertilizers should be used only in moderation.
Find a balanced fertilizer brand and feed the haworthia once every three or four weeks, with a fertilizer diluted to around 1/4 of its normal strength.
When your haworthia starts developing pups, it’s a sign for you to up-pot it, or, simply said, move it to a larger container.
The pups start their growth at the base of the plant, around the rot system, and make their way up, meaning that the plant in this stage will need more space to properly develop and grow.
Haworthia is a beautiful plant, especially when flowering. However, getting it to flower will take some patience and it may even take a couple of years.
The upside is that once it starts flowering, the plant won’t die right after as many other succulents do.
Instead, it will repeatedly provide a gorgeous-looking bloom.
You can help your haworthia to mature faster and get it through the flowering process, by taking good care of it and providing it with an optimal development environment.
These include plenty of indirect sunlight, as well as moderate watering and fertilizing.
On top of all this, make sure to monitor haworthia’s progress, especially during the flowering spell, and adjust the conditions if it doesn’t react well to the current ones.