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Haworthia cooperi

Haworthia cooperi

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A small rosetted succulent that often grows in dense clusters. Leaves are blue-green in colour, fleshy and glossy in appearance. They are set deep into the soil, so often only the leaf-tips are visible, this is an adaption to protect itself from the hot sun. Variety is a term used for naturally occurring variants within a species, this is specific to wild plant populations and different to the horticultural cultivars used in gardening. There are around 13 distinct varieties of Haworthia cooperi. The flowers are small, insignificant, two-lipped and insect-pollinated (long tongue flies).

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer

Propagation

Division
Divide the clumps when they become too overcrowded. Allow the soil to dry, lift the plants and gently ease the roots apart, then replant. When taking offsets, use a sharp knife or secateurs and cut as close to the mother stem as possible to include as many roots as possible, then allow the offset to dry briefly before repotting it (similar to cuttings from other succulents).
Cuttings
Can be propagated from leaves, simply remove cleanly from the mother plant, let callus for a few days until the wound has closed and place on soil or in water and wait for roots to develop. Roots usually grow first to seek out water, followed by new leaves. This may take anywhere from a week to a few months and there is no need to water propagating succulents as they will glean all the nutrition and moisture they require from their mother leaf, which will shrivel up over time. The original leaf may be gently removed once it has dried up and become crispy in texture, only remove if it comes away easily otherwise you risk damaging the baby plant.

Special features

Indoor plant
Haworthia cooperi can be grown indoors as a pot plant. Provide bright light and a well drained potting mix.
Drought resistant
Haworthia cooperi thrives on very little water. Succulent leaves serve as water storage organs.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Gravel, Sand, Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
They make decorative indoor pot plants, but can be grown in rockeries in the garden.

Personality

Family
Asphodelaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

As with all succulents, over-watering is the commonest route to plant death, so err on the side of too dry rather than too wet.

Companion plants

Plant with other succulent species that have a similar climatic requirement.

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