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Haworthia cooperi: care

Haworthia cooperi: care

The Haworthia cooperi is a showy succulent plant that forms small and shy rosettes with its bright green leaves, unique for its translucent tips. It is a small plant with a unique appearance, which also has a flowering that draws a lot of attention due to the size of its flower stem, much taller than the rest of the plant.

If you want to learn about the Haworthia cooperi care, go ahead and join us in this EcologíaVerde article. You will see that it is very simple that your plant is always radiant.

Characteristics of the Haworthia cooperi

These are its main characteristics:

  • The Haworthia cooperi has its origin in South Africawhere it appears in areas where summer rains occur, specifically in Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.
  • It is a succulent of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family and is only one of more than 100 Haworthias that can be found.
  • The plant forms a little rosette between 5 and 12 cm in diameter, without stem and with perennial leaves of translucent, blue-green tips in the rest and with very marked and decorative transition zones.
  • Although the strong point of Haworthia cooperi is its beautiful leaves, it also stands out for its curious flowering, which occurs in the warm months and in which the plant produces a flower stem of up to 30 cm, with clusters of white tubular flowers.
  • It is usually presented in porcelain pots that help highlight the particular beauty of the plant.
Haworthia cooperi: care - Characteristics of the Haworthia cooperi

Location for the Haworthia cooperi

These resistant plants are not demanding with their care, so they are within the reach of any gardener, no matter how beginner or little time they have.

The Haworthia cooperi needs abundant natural light, but does not tolerate direct sunlight. This is because in its natural environment, the plant is mostly buried, with only the tips of its translucent leaves poking above ground to bring light to the rest of the plant.

At home it is not necessary to recreate these conditions, but it is enough to place it in a well-lit location but protected from direct sunlight. If you see the leaves of your Haworthia turning pale or yellow, your plant is probably getting too much sun. If the stress is very high, the leaves could take on reddish tones.

Climate for Haworthia cooperi

The most common thing is to always grow this plant indoors, since the temperatures of the homes of around 20ºC they are doing very well. However, in warm climates it is possible to take the Haworthia outside during spring and summer, to bring it back inside in winter.

You have to make sure that the temperature never falls below 10 ºC in the area where you are, so, obviously, does not support frost.

Haworthia cooperi irrigation

As with all succulents, Haworthia cooperi needs special care with dangerous waterlogging, which can quickly cause serious damage to the roots of the plant.

Water when you notice that the top layer of the substrate is dry, sticking a finger or sticking a small stick into it, being careful not to damage the plant. If it comes out without stuck soil, it is time to water again. Apply a generous watering, but always without flooding. It is also important that the pot has drainage holes.

In autumn reduce watering considerably so that the plant gradually decreases its activity, and in winter you should practically suspend watering, limiting yourself to providing some moisture to the substrate while the plant is in vegetative rest.

In these other Green Ecology articles you can learn about When to water plants and How to water succulents.

Substrate and subscriber for Haworthia cooperi

The Haworthia cooperi is not demanding in terms of its substrate, being the only important thing that it offers the best possible drainage. It is common to use substrates for succulents, although you can also prepare one with peat, coconut fiber and sand mixed in equal parts, along with a handful of vermiculite and perlite. It is also common to place a surface layer of gravel or gravel on the substrate, which has both a decorative and drainage-improving function. Another layer of coarse gravel or volcanic rock at the bottom will be just as useful.

Regarding the subscriber, the plant is very slow growing and does not need large amounts of nutrients. It will suffice pay it monthly during the spring and summer months with specific fertilizer for succulents.

Here we talk about How to make substrate for cacti and succulents.

Haworthia cooperi: care - Substrate and fertilizer for Haworthia cooperi

Haworthia cooperi transplant

This small succulent also does not need regular transplants due to its size, since its growth is so slow that it will rarely occupy its entire pot. However, it is appropriate transplant it every 2 or 3 years to renew the substrate. always do it in spring or early summer, and don’t move it to a pot that’s too big or the plant will have a hard time adapting. Water after transplanting as usual.

You can learn more about Transplanting succulents: when and how to do it by reading this post.

Propagation of Haworthia cooperi

The most comfortable way to multiply this plant is by cuttingswhich is as simple as:

  1. Take and turn one of its leaves until it is removed.
  2. Let it dry for 48 hours.
  3. Plant it in a new pot with suitable substrate.
  4. Leave it in a light but covered area and moisten the soil often.

Do not despair because the plant can take a long time to complete its rooting process, but that does not mean that it is going wrong. When it is ready, place it in its final location and continue giving it the care of the Haworthia cooperi that we have explained in this guide. You can learn more details about How to reproduce succulents in this other post.

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