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Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 1, 2014 2:53 PM CST
My haworthia is growing straight up. I would like to cut it in two and let the top part callous over and then pot it up. Is this the correct way to handle this? Is this the right time of year, or should I wait for Spring?


Any advice would be appreciated?

Thanks

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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 1, 2014 3:59 PM CST
I've never cut a haworthia in half (top and bottom halves). I usually wait for a pup to appear and remove that to propagate. Sorry can't help. Sad
Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 1, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Bev

doesn't it look like it is getting rather tall? I have no pups and have had this plant for quite several years. I was reading where you can start these little gems by leaf cuttings.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Mar 1, 2014 9:11 PM CST
It doesn't look tall in an overgrown or unhealthy way like it was etiolating...I see only one side of it but is there a branching that has happened within this one plant? If there is that might be a spot where you can clip it where the branch starts and try to callus that section for rooting. I ask only because the bottom looks less textured than the top like it was two different sections. Also pups can be hidden at very base of the plant or inside amongst branches. Take a closer look if there might be one...they can be quite small.
I have never tried leaf cuttings nor seen any leaf root. I've seen leaves separated from the stem and the leaf where it was attached to the stem is pretty flat and dry...
Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 2, 2014 6:03 AM CST
Bev

Perhaps it is me then because I have never grown this before. If it does not look unusually tall to you, then I am probably fine.

The plant is symmetrical and looks quite healthy to me. Maybe I will wait. I am assuming this little guy would like it outside like the others? I may put him out on the porch this summer.

Thanks for your help.

PS - I will look for the little pups. I would really like to increase this guy.

Name: Kristi
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Mar 2, 2014 7:24 AM CST
I have a similar Haworthia (fasciata) and it grew tall. After the plant became root bound, it started pupping and filling in.

This past spring, it pushed itself up and out of its' pot so I divided and repotted. Not sure if I can find an old photo but I wouldn't be too worried about yours.

When one of these becomes etiolated, The leaf structure will become skinnier and more misshapen. Yours looks healthy and fine.

It will like the outdoors but not direct sunshine as that can cause sunburn.
Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 2, 2014 12:50 PM CST
Thanks so much, Kristi. I really appreciate it.

Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2014 7:19 PM CST
Hi Carolyn,

I do not cut my haworthia's either. Your plants looks happy to me Smiling It makes pups and also long runners if in a big container, so it can easily multiply. If it were mine, I will just add some more cactus soil with pumice and just let it be. It will be growing more actively when temps go warmer.
Name: Carolyn Madden
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Carolyn22
Mar 3, 2014 7:46 PM CST
Tarev

do you think I need to repot? I hadn't really thought about that yet. I don't think there are any roots coming out the bottom.

I can add more cactus soil.

Thank you for your help.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 3, 2014 8:19 PM CST
@Carolyn22 just seeing this thread, I cut 2 of my Haworthias thinking it would get them to "pup" and it just made a new crown, but I planted the top part which rooted and is shorter than it had been - so it did give me 2 plants!
I'd say go for it if you feel that one is too tall...they root super easy Thumbs up
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Mar 3, 2014 9:09 PM CST
You can repot if you want, maybe next size up, or just add some soil at the base. My haworthia prefers to be tightly packed, somehow makes more pups that way if it feels tight.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 3, 2014 10:58 PM CST
Good to know Tarev, because I have mine mixed in a large pot, and the soil is totally loose! Maybe I'll pat it down more and see if that works to help them "pup up" I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Carolyn Madden
Pennsylvania
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Carolyn22
Mar 4, 2014 6:23 AM CST
Tarev - Perhaps I will add some soil to the top. I would like this little guy to pup.

Greg - good to know they root easily. I am glad to know my 'instincts' were correct. I do think I am going to wait to see if I can get this guy to pup.

I do think he looks healthy, so perhaps this summer he will pup for me.

Edited to thank you both.
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Name: Calin
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Mar 5, 2014 1:18 AM CST
I never thought cutting a Haworthia in HALF would work.
I would think it would mean the end of it... wow!
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Mar 5, 2014 2:39 AM CST
Nope you get 2 (if they both live - they need some loving "neglect" for a little while during the time they root!) but the one who had its head chopped off no longer has a "roseatte" so it sortof looks odd, but it most likely will grow a new one!
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