Plant Care Fairy Washboard

Fairy Washboard

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About Fairy Washboard

These tiny succulents are native to Southern Africa, but now grow in homes around the world! Since they're adapted to harsh, dry cliamtes, their succulent leaves store water during the dry season. They also use a special form of photosynthesis that helps them retain water by only exchanging gases at night! 🌌

Taxonomy

Haworthiopsis limifolia
Haworthiopsis
Asphodelaceae
Asparagales

How to care for Fairy Washboard

💦 Water

How often to water your Fairy Washboard

Water needs for Fairy Washboard
0.5 cups
every 12

Fairy Washboard needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Fairy Washboard

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Fairy Washboard in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Fairy Washboard: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

Fairy Washboard may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Fairy Washboard in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Fairy Washboard

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Fairy Washboard: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Fairy Washboard after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Fairy Washboard is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Benefits of Growing Fairy Washboard →

Common Fairy Washboard Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Fairy Washboard thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Fairy Washboard Water Frequency →

Fairy Washboard Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Fairy Washboard may have difficulty thriving and will drop leaves 🍃 without ample sunlight. Place it less than 3 feet from a window to maximize the potential for growth. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Fairy Washboard Light Requirements →

Fairy Washboard Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Fairy Washboard is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

Fairy Washboard Toxicity to Cats →

Fairy Washboard Toxicity to Dogs →

Fairy Washboard Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Fairy Washboard prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Fairy Washboard Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Fairy Washboard is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Fairy Washboard →

When and How to Successfully Repot Fairy Washboard →


💩 Fertilizer

Fairy Washboard grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Fairy Washboard →


🌎 Native Region

Fairy Washboard is native to Southern Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Fairy Washboard bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Fairy Washboard Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Fairy Washboard grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Fairy Washboard →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Fairy Washboard can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Fairy Washboard Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Fairy Washboard can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Fairy Washboard →


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Fairy Washboard. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Fairy Washboard

Fairy Washboard

Fairy Washboard


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Fairy Washboard has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 73
Fairy Washboard has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 16
Fairy Washboard has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 15
Fairy Washboard has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 5
Fairy Washboard has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 5
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12/28/2021

Will survive anyone who is not the best with plants.

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globe New Paltz, NY
12/01/2021

This plant was very easy to care for .

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globe West Dundee, IL
11/28/2021

Super cute! Very easy first plant.

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globe Indian Harbour Beach, FL
10/02/2021

The cutest little guy and very sturdy

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08/25/2021

its very pretty:) i love its little ridges and everything its so cool pls get one

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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08/21/2021

easy to take care of

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globe Clacton-on-Sea, England
07/11/2021

just cute and simple

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globe Jersey City, NJ
06/30/2021

They’re troopers from relocating across the YS!

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06/27/2021

A good first plant. Easy to look after <3

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe London, England
06/23/2021

Easy go manage

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globe Dubai
06/22/2021

Less water, less care

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06/22/2021

It will look semi-normal for ages and suddenly a stem will shoot out the middle and flower! Remember to spritz it/keep it away from sunlight as the stem can dry out easily

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globe Port Washington, NY
06/12/2021

Doesn’t need a lot of water, and thrives in sunlight

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globe Coulby Newham, England
06/12/2021

Honestly I’ve had this little guy for so long and even though mine looks a bit worse for ware I’ve had him 4/5 years which includes my neglectful teenage years where I forgot he existed but no matter what this little plant pulls through and I would recommend this plant to anyone who’s new to plants and wants something small and easy to look after

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06/07/2021

Grows quite fast and is extremely hearty. It has survived in many different conditions.

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06/02/2021

This one is a pup I replanted ! She’s thriving! Such an easy plant to take care of and propagate!!

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06/02/2021

Such a wonderful plant!! Saw it and instantly fell in love such a fun plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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leaf-1 21 Plants
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06/02/2021

Sprouts so many pups I’m amazed! It was living in a horribly small pot and being overwatered when i bought it but it’s such a hardy plant it’s still doing great!

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Very easy to take care of.

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