Most people don’t care much for plants. After all, unlike pets, plants aren’t exactly “interactive” – all you get to do with them is water and fertilize them, and watch them grow. Yet, the recent Covid-19 quarantine has shown many of us the benefits of having houseplants in your home. More than just something pretty to catch your eye, houseplants offer lots of perks:
- Allergy relief
- Stress relief and better focus
- Improved air quality and humidity
- Relaxing fragrance
- Herbs help digestion
- Home remedies such as aloe’s gel
- More oxygen in your home for a better sleep cycle
- Improved mood and reduced mood swings for an overall better emotional health
With these and other benefits, you could say that having at least some house plants in your home is virtually a must. Which plants should you go for, however? Aren’t some of them too complicated to take care of?
Here’s one suggestion you probably haven’t considered yet – the Haworthia Truncata! In particular, a variation of these unique succulent plants which looks like tiny gorgeous opals in a flower pot.
Like all succulent plants, these floral gemstones have thick and fleshy leaves and stems that are excellent at retaining water. They’ve evolved that way in mostly arid and harsh conditions such as deserts. Coincidently, that’s also what makes them such excellent house plants as they are very easy to take care of – all they need is to be watered once a week and they don’t even need that much sunshine!
You can look for these plants online if you can’t find them in your local floral shops. Etsy has a wide variety of many Haworthia Truncata types, including the tiny opals that caught our eyes.
How to take care of them?
If you’re a gardening novice and you don’t know how to take care of the more demanding house plants out there, the Haworthia Truncata can be one of the best choices you make. There are very few things you’ll need to worry about, here are some pointers:
- Put them in a brightly lit area, they will need to get some sunlight throughout the day.
- Don’t put them in direct sunlight, however. Especially if you’ve got one of the very clear specimens that really resemble opals, too much direct sunlight can burn them and kill them. So, while you’ll want some light on them, don’t go overboard.
- Don’t overwater them. During the hot water months, you can water succulents like these once a week and during the winter – once a month. Anything more than that would be excessive and you’ll risk drowning the plant. Fortunately, succulents can survive without water for even longer than that forgetting to water them for a couple of days after the designated watering day won’t be the end of the world for them. The general rule of thumb is that if you’re not sure they need water you should wait a bit more. The best way to judge if it’s time to water your succulents is by checking the soil – if it’s dry, then you should water it.
- Go for a cactus mix soil. Succulents like these fair best extra coarse soil so that will be your best bet.
And that’s about it! You can find very cheap seed packs of 50 on Etsy or on other websites and try them out. As these are just seeds you can never be 100% sure how the plants will look like in the end but even if they’re not exactly transparent, the Haworthia Truncata plants come in many gorgeous variants.