Propagate a Haworthia Using Various Methods

What You'll Need
Spray bottle
Cactus mix soil
Dowel rod

Haworthia can be grown from seed or from cutting propagation, and sometimes in nature cutting propagation happens on its own. As an owner of a haworthia, you may want more of these succulents in your home for their unique flowers or plant hair fibers that grow resembling cobwebs.


Haworthia seeds need to be cultivated in warm, semi-moist soil. The germination process is triggered by the humidity and temperature of the ambient environment, and once the seed is a sprout, you have to limit your watering habits as much as you can. Just watch over your haworthia sprout, because sometimes a gardener can overwater it and kill the sprout before it’s even had the chance to be a mature and fully-flowering haworthia plant. On the same token, if you don’t water it enough, you may actually kill the sprout for lack of water and nutrients.

The best way to circumvent this problem is to use a misting bottle. You can either buy one of these bottles from a gardening supply store or even from your local beauty supply store—it’s just an empty spray bottle set to mist, so the water doesn’t permeate the soil.

Spray the water over the soil of the sprout, and keep the very surface moist but the bottom of the soil dry if possible. You don’t want water to run out of the planter because you’ve given too much water.

Cultivating from seed is easy, but propagation through leaf cuttings is even easier.


Cutting propagation for haworthia is very much similar to that of other succulent plants—you take a leaf and stem cutting, let it dry out until it develops a callous over the wound, and then plant it in cactus mix soil. Again, as with the cutting, you should do the best you can to avoid overwatering and, since the leaf cutting should be straight up in the soil, using a dowel rod and thread is a good idea. Don’t tie it tight, just enough for the plant to lean on the thread and dowel.

When you water your cutting you should also use a misting bottle but you should be careful not to knock down the cutting as you could break any rootlings that may be trying to poke out. Your soil should be permeable for the roots and, when you water it with your misting bottle, you should be spraying the soil directly so as to avoid any air movement knocking down your plant cutting. Within a month or so you should have a rooted cutting that’s ready to go into a bigger pot—or, perhaps, stay in the pot in which you planted it in the beginning.

Haworthia is a beautiful and unique plant that’s easy to grow, easy to propagate, and easy to care for. With the right tools you can keep a haworthia in your home for years.