Hare's Foot Fern 'Dwarf'

Dwarf Hares Foots are very popular for indoor plantings. There are two types, Davillia and Humata, both are compact and for attraction hairy stems, hence the name. Hare's foots are slow growing and are well suited for indoor gardens and terrariums. They are a hardy group of ferns able to survive well indoors but needs a reasonable light, they are slow growing but will require some cutting back so it can be kept small and compact for long periods; they will also do very well in pots.

Water well if kept in pots but sparingly in terrariums, potting mix must be allowed to almost dry between waterings. Keep in some direct sunlight or provide artificial light. Avoid heaters and drafty positions. Fertiliser should only be used if you would like the plant to grow. Lack of fertiliser will keep plants shorter and more compact. Temperatures above 20C will speed up growth, between 10 and 20C growth will be extremely slow and plants can be pruned to keep compact. Dead leaves must be removed to prevent damage to healthy growth or the base. Keep on the dry side in winter.

Haworthia 'limifolia'

Haworthias are a slow growing compact genus of succulents for more shaded environements and will do exceptionally well indoors. Most grow to 8 to 10cm across. All varieties produce numerous offsets and form small clusters.

Position - partial shade; great in gardens, protected borders, rockeries or pots. Indoors only in well-lit positions. Some varities can live in low light for extended periods and make one of the hardiest of all house plants. In low light the will elongate.

Watering - can be watered all year round and grows most of the year. Plants will survive without water for many months but will lose condition and take time to recover.

Feeding - 25% of recommended dosage monthly in growing period. The less food, the better the shape of the plant. Fertilisers high in nitrogen can produce larger plants with less colour.

Repotting - can be left to overgrow their pots, or repotted in the warmer months in almost any well drained potting mix.

Haworthia fasciata 'The Zebra Plant'


Compact slow growing succulent. Heads to 8cm across, forming numerous offsets when mature. Plant in well drained soil. Outdoors in pots or garden. Indoors in any well lit position, very hardy. Partial sun or any shaded position. Water when almost dry in summer, less often in winter. Will tolerate frosts. Tall stems appear with small striped blue flowers over growing season. Can be grown in the garden in many shaded positions. Plants will remain small and compact in full sun and poor soils.

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