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Posted 3w ago by @niqui

Can someone tell me what's wrong with my Haworthia? The i...

#ZebraHaworthiopsis
1ft to light, indirect
2” pot with drainage
Last watered 3 weeks ago
Hey @niqui that does seem a bit too much for me but it does depend on weather. Haworthias do tend to like neglect. And only water them when the soil is completly dry.

It does look alot like rot to me, having had at the plant card hes in regular soil which he wont like that. You should use some kind of succulent soil mix or add in some gravel into that soil at a ratio of nearly 1:1.

Take a look at their roots and cut off any black ones and give them a wash with a peroxide dilution if possible and then place in a gritty/bulky mix.

Worse case scenario you can cut top off and propagate it.
It looks like it's being watered too much. I don't stick to a strict water schedule with my succulents and cactis because every day differs in light, temp and humidity, even in the home. I use a soil moisture meter when I doubt myself (cheap), then therapy to rebuild my confidence and self-esteem (not cheap) then a sacrifice to the plant gods because succulents have always been the drama queens of my home (human and animal sacrifices can be very expensive). The finger test is my go to (cheapest) and it is the most trustworthy way of doing this. Just stick your finger in the dirt if the pot a couple of inches down. If the soil is dry, with an aloe that means its time for a light drink. I do a deeper drink/ flush about once every couple of months. If the soil drains well enough ( like really well) you wont see signs like this of overwatering unless you are in fact watering way too much. Succulents do not like to be over watered! They are plump with thick membranes specifically to store water. My next rule of thumb would be listening to your plants and let them tell you. They wont scream and cry loudly, thank god but for example my aloe will start to curl every so slightly at the tips when it is thirsty then I give it only what it needs and save the total flush for about once a season. When I get a new plant I do the finger test daily but the routine will establish itself when you get to know your plant more and with the seasons. Rule of "green" thumb, take all you read and learn about from others with a large grain of salt (don't give salt to plants). There is a lot of excellent information available out there that can help you establish guidelines once you know YOUR plants needs better. Oh, and get a light sensor app. It was a life saver (literally) when i began giving just the right amount of light for each species. They thrive and grow fast in the best conditions most natural to them. Mine stays in my bathroom in a south facing window against the window in the warm months and under a grow light in winter. I water when I remember to about 1/4 cp for 6 inch pot. humidity in the bathroom helps a lot IF they are in bright sun and not watered frequently. I learned that though succulents and cacti are drama queens they prefer to be ignored more than pampered. I hope this helps and good luck with this awesome little one here. :)
@niqui
Have only been purchasing succulents for a year. So many have succumbed via murder/suicide. Only recently I discovered something. When succulents (at least mine) require water, they seem to be "soft" when I, very carefully, apply LIGHT pressure to the plant with my hand. On my aloe vera - I can actually see the tips wrinkling. A day after the water, I apply the same light pressure and the plant feels firm in its pot. Not sure if that's easy to understand. It's what we hear on Greg all the time. We get to know that the survivors need. I would remove the mushy bottom leaves as they can soften others. Does your plant feel firmly planted with a light touch or does it feel soft? Are It's leaves firm or soft? There's no actual scale of either - but you may get closer to understanding your plant. Just a suggestion. Everyone finds their own system.
@TheLonelyDaff Thank you so much for the response!! After I cut off the black roots, do I immediately wash the plant and place it in a new mix right after or is there a time frame I have to follow for each step?
@TheLunarGardens Thank you!! I'll be keeping it in mind, because my soil moisture meter literally got lost in the mail ?!?! 😭 So I've been wondering as well how to figure out if my soil is dry or not, and you've given me really helpful advice.
@niqui you would wash the roots pretty quickly in the hydrogen peroxide and water. And then put in dry mix after theyll be a bit wet but there peroxide will kill any bacteria/fugus so its fine going into mix but let it sit there for a week or so before watering in new soil.

Also another tip for knowing the soil with out a moisture meter is a stick/skewer/bamboo chopstick and if it comes out really wet its wet, some soil stick is mosit and dry is well dry.
@plantstate Thank you so much for this!!
@TheLonelyDaff Oh okay... Sorry I'm asking so many questions but how much do you dilute the hydrogen peroxide? Do you have a ratio?
@niqui i think ive seen something like 3/4 water to 1 peroxide (2.5/3%)

Dont worry we all need some help, and have questions and dont get it on leaves. Dip in for a minute or two and then put in fresh soil you don't want it to soak up the peroxide

If you want to send pictures of the roots and new soil tag me or other succulentsquad people can jump in

Remember to cut off the dead/black/rooted roots
It seems like it was overwatered. Also, maybe the soil is too compact now and it doesn’t drain water well. Haworthias really hate to sit in a wet soil.
@TheLonelyDaff Will do! Thank you so so much 🫢🏽
Sorry, I’ve been down that road what happens is when you overwater a succulent they get mushy and die so you still have some that are going OK but you need to quit watering it so much. I just let it sit for probably four days five days then just cut your water in half. I don’t know how much you’re giving it but half of whatever that was cause it looks like you’ve got growth but at the same time you got mush too so that would be my suggestion οΏΌ
I’d say you’re watering it too much. Those succulents can go a long time without water
Hello, succulents don’t take that much water. It’s hard for me to tell but I would check the bottom of the pot. It looks like your plant may be a little bit root bound.οΏΌ