Haworthia emelyae Poelln. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Haworthia. This species was named and described by Karl von Poellnitz in Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis in 1937.
I bought my Haworthia emelyae from Lowe’s in the spring of 2009. If flowered that winter to my amazement then went downhill in the spring. Even though we had our ups and downs, it still survived and I kept this plant until late summer 2014
It originally was in a nice clump, like the photo from 8-7-09 shows. But it almost completely died and by 2011 there were only two small plants from the clump left. I brought this plant with me when I moved to Missouri and It took off again in 2013 and 2014.
I bought the Haworthia emelyae with me when I moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. Although there wasn’t much left of the plant, I could tell it was a survivor and didn’t want to be left behind.
I don’t claim to be an expert on growing succulents and I have had my share of failures. But failures lead to determination and success. Haworthia emelyae is hardy in USDA zones 10-11. I know some information says full sun, but hey do best for me in light shade, especially in the hotter months of summer. To much shade will cause them to stretch, though, so you just have to watch and see what they do. Just because they like bright light doesn’t necessarily mean they like full sun in 100 degree temps. Haworthia emelyae is a clumper, or should I say a mounder, growing under 6″ in height. They need a fast draining soil that needs to be completely dry between watering. In the growing seasons it should be watered thoroughly, less in the summer, and hardly in the winter. Haworthia are summer dormant succulents so their active growth periods are in the spring and autumn months.
By the end of the summer of 2014, my Haworthia emelyae companions were looking much better. It was pretty neat how they changed colors with more light.
I gave up most of my plants late in the summer of 2014 so now I am starting over. Maybe someday I will find another Haworthia emelyae and give it another shot.
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