Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Propagating Haworthia, Zebra Plant

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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 1, 2014 9:19 AM CST
I thought I could break off one of the new babies at the base to start a new plant. Both times I have tried this the baby turns brown and gets shriveled. Once I watered it a lot. The second time I only watered it a bit.

What is the best method to propagate Hawarthia?
Here is the second baby
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This is the plant it came from
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SongofJoy
Apr 1, 2014 9:36 AM CST
I've done the same thing. The offsets have to be removed (cut away) with some roots attached and then potted up that way. If you break them off without roots, they will die. This I know from experience too. Glare
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Apr 1, 2014 9:40 AM CST
Well shoot, I did get some root. Maybe not enough

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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 1, 2014 9:49 AM CST
I have seen my Haworthia respond better in separating pups when I do it is Spring. It may take awhile..they are such slow growers. I think mine took about a year. And it likes being tight in containers.

Important to put them in bright light, but no direct sun till it adapts and grow roots. Otherwise plant really turns from green to almost looking dead..but it is just adjusting.


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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 1, 2014 9:49 AM CST
Yes, an offset needs a lot of good, healthy roots. Also, the offset needs to be set aside and allowed to callous until the wound area heals. Then it can be potted up.
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SongofJoy
Apr 1, 2014 9:51 AM CST
jvdubb said:Well shoot, I did get some root. Maybe not enough

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Yes, an offset needs to be removed with as many good, healthy roots as possible. Also, for best results, the offset needs to be set aside and allowed to callous until the wound area heals. Then it can be potted up.
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jvdubb
Apr 1, 2014 9:59 AM CST
tarev said:I have seen my Haworthia respond better in separating pups when I do it is Spring. It may take awhile..they are such slow growers. I think mine took about a year. And it likes being tight in containers.

Important to put them in bright light, but no direct sun till it adapts and grow roots. Otherwise plant really turns from green to almost looking dead..but it is just adjusting.


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So, perhaps this pup can still be saved??
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SongofJoy
Apr 1, 2014 10:30 AM CST
It's certainly worth a try.

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Stush2019
Apr 1, 2014 1:25 PM CST
I have been successful with using 'Rootone' or similar on the cutting. Then keep covered with a clear plastic cup on the top of pot to keep high humidity. Soil slightly damp almost dry, but air high in moisture. Also bottom heat is good. Using artificial light is also good. Keep that way until you see growth. I still lose some but it's the best way I know.
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tarev
Apr 1, 2014 1:53 PM CST
I took photos just now..of my Haworthia's ..it has been raining..got curious how mine are, now that you are asking about it. It has been raining on and off here finally.

So for a more recent photo of my Haworthia's. Grown outdoors all year long, right now it is littered with lots of tree debris, city trees are finally waking up. My Haworthia's still feeling cold, so their color is still more reddish than green:
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Took a peek at the roots of one of them: roots doing very good despite the seemingly reddish dry leaves
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On the other container beside it, another batch of Haworthia's:
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Peeking under, it is a mixed bag of roots, some old brown ones, but those roots are not dead yet, I see it is trying to produce some new pups on the roots:
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So if you ask me, can your plant be saved..it still can..these plants are so resilient, and bounces back eventually as temps continue to warm up this Spring.

I am just waiting for this cold front to pass, and will rearrange these plants. Smiling
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jvdubb
Apr 1, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Well, I'll set my pup on my desk and see what happens.

I thought they might be easier to propagate, like Echiverias. I'm not so much into fussing with stuff.
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tarev
Apr 1, 2014 3:23 PM CST
Oh, it is a no fuss plant for me..I was just poking the roots to show you what it looks like under, even if the leaves looks ghastly at times.
If I propagate any of my succulents, I just wait a bit till temps are warmer in Spring so it takes off much better.
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SongofJoy
Apr 2, 2014 6:26 AM CST
Actually, the way I do it is very similar to the way I propagate Echeverias - remove the pup (in this cases along with some roots), let it callous, and plant.

It's interesting to see the varieties of ways people propagate.
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gg5
Apr 11, 2014 8:18 PM CST
Tarev great photos of the roots! Thanks!!
Jennifer I have propagated single leaves of the zebra one, but they are very slow growing as I think Tee stated earlier!! Patience. Also my new found pal for all my succulents - spray misting!! Not the soil just the leaves of the plants! I do that once per week, probably a bit more for the newbies! Your cutting certainly has life in it still though!! Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Apr 12, 2014 2:19 AM CST
I agree, Greg. They are slow and it does require patience. I will try a little misting. I had not thought of that.
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jvdubb
Apr 12, 2014 5:50 AM CST
I have just left the pup sitting on my desk at work. It has greened up some! But no root growth yet. I''ll just leave it alone and see what happens.
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sheryl
Apr 12, 2014 5:13 PM CST
Something else worth trying - bottom heat, be it from a mat or some other source. I haven't tried it with succulents, but it sure made a big diff with other plants.
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