Zebra cactus: a colorful idea for the room

White streaked green leaves are the element that distinguishes Zebra Cactus, perfect for use as an ornamental plant, to be kept both in the garden and at home. Placed in a particular vessel, possibly along with other varieties of Haworthia, it helps give the environment flair.
Haworthia Fasciata is the botanical name of the Zebra Cactus, originally from South Africa, a succulent, cascading species that is resistant to drought and requires little attention, factors that make it ideal for those who do not have much time to devote to plants. The name Zebra Cactus comes from the white reliefs on the narrow, long, fleshy leaves, which can reach 10 cm, arranged radially around the apex. It fits in to live in well-lit places.

Haworthia Fasciata must be invaded in a container punctured on the bottom, in order to favor the outflow of water and avoid stagnation. Before inserting the plant, make a layer of hydrographs and one of the ground for cactaceae, cover the root with another soil until reaching the edge of the container. Press well, sprinkle and place it in a sunny and warm area, such as on a sill. The drainage should be carried out in the spring and when the container becomes too small. To ensure the growth of Zebra Cactus it is necessary to keep the root slightly moist. Watering must occur rarely in winter and when the soil and roots are completely dry. If it is possible to do them with rain water. While from March to August it is advisable to add fertilizer irrigation water at least once a month. In relation to the latter, it is necessary to opt for a fertilizer that, in addition to nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, also contains microelements that favor plant vegetation. Haworthia Fasciata does not require pruning, just eliminating dry leaves.

The Zebra Cactus is a very strong and robust species, rarely affected by illness. If the leaves become brown and become soft, it is necessary to reduce the watering and to ensure that there is no water stagnation. Inadequate light instead loses shape, in this case it will be enough to place it in a bright place. The white and cotone spots indicate the presence of flaky coccinella. To remove the parasite, wash the leaves with soap and water using a sponge or a cotton ball soaked with denatured alcohol.



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