Rooting a Haworthia leaf

kwie2011July 28, 2014

Yeah, I'm an idiot, but this one, sad leaf was lying on the table with some unrelated succulents, and I thought maybe I could rescue it and get a plant out of it.

I've been reading about similar species to this one, and there is a lot of contradictory info. One site says stick the leaves in vermiculite after callousing, and another says don't you DARE stick it into anything or it will rot. Says lay it on top of something and ignore it.

Maybe benign neglect will root it, but it feels pretty neglected to me already. Instead of rooting while sitting on that table, it dehydrated. I don't know that it can take much more neglect. It is very calloused already, but also torn instead of sliced neatly. I'm tempted to just stick it in with my Sansaveria leaf cutting. Can't root any slower than that, can it?

So, who has successfully propagated a leaf cutting of this or very similar Haworthia, and how do I do it?

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This link is your friend and covers the subject comprehensively.

Here is a link that might be useful: More Haw Than One Can Hope For

    Bookmark   July 28, 2014 at 11:06PM
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That is a very interesting and enjoyable read, and will be helpful if I ever have a healthy Haworthia to propagate, but I can't apply the method to this leaf. I think it's toast. It is from a much less succulent species to begin with, so it never had the reserves of the one in the photo, and it was torn from a plant instead of sliced neatly from the stem. I did stick the calloused end in dry soil though. It takes no effort on my part just to see. One never can be certain without trying, right?

I am sure I remember from eons ago that some succulent species can be propagated from just about any leaf section. If I recall, the leaves of some can be sliced into cross-sections and each section can root. I don't know what species do that though, and it doesn't appear to apply to Haworthia.

Anyway, thank you very much for the fascinating and educational link. I wish I'd have discovered this site years ago. The collective knowledge here is fantastic.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:29PM
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