Managing Wounds

written on Dec 31, 2017 and last revisited on Aug 04, 2018

Various propagations and cares of Haworthias can make wounds on the plant bodies. A proper wound management not only prevents rotting caused by pathogen infections but also promotes faster healing of plant tissues.

Wounds treated with a alcohol and fungicide solution
Wounds treated with a alcohol and fungicide solution

For a fresh wound, mix a small amount of fungicide powder in a ~70% isopropyl alcohol solution (often branded as rubbing alcohol). Alcohol can kill certain pathogens and assist fungicide to permeate the plant tissues. For the fungicide, it is recommended to use Thiophanate-methyl that has systemic effects. Dip the wound into the solution, or use the cotton swab to spread the solution on the wound. When dry, the fungicide will form a thin layer of coating on the wound. Keep the plant in a cool and shaded place for 2~3 weeks. Once calluses have developed on the wound, the plant is generally recovered and can be planted or rooted.

Calluses have developed on the wound and new roots start to form.
Calluses have developed on the wound and new roots start to form.