The Haworthia Cooperi is a beautiful succulent plant native to South Africa, with a wide range of color variations. You will surely fall in love with its alluring beauty at first glance! Yet, it might be a challenge to care for the plant as its origin is in South Africa and Namibia – where rocks and gravel cover the place. If you are looking for an effective way to plant this beautiful Haworthia Cooperi, we are here to help you! Our blog will go over how to grow and care for Haworthia Cooperi to stay healthy and happy!
What Is Haworthia Cooperi?
Haworthia Cooperi is a tiny, easy-to-cultivate succulent with leaves that have dark lines on them. The plant can reach 3.2 inches in diameter, having leaves up to 1.8 inches and 0.5 inches in length and width. Its upper surface is usually flat or slightly convex, while the lower one tends to be convex and keeled upwards. The flower can grow up to 16 inches long with white to pinkish-white flowers and green to brown veins. This species has a wide range of variations, such as Haworthia Mucronata, Haworthia Cymbiformis, and Haworthia Marumiana are sometimes mistaken for Haworthia Cooperi.
What Are The Requirements To Grow Haworthia Cooperi?
Haworthia Cooperi does not like the sun. It should be grown in bright light, not in direct nor under strong sunlight.
Also, it is better to pay close attention to the change of bulbous leaves. Each leaf has a translucent green eye at its top; the light will enter the leaf through this “glass window,” which appears in many other succulents during photosynthesis.
A large portion of the plant’s habitat is underground, where the Haworthia Cooperi is shaded and sheltered from the light. Some glassy tips even rise above the dirt to absorb light.
You do not even have to soil the entire plant when you cultivate Haworthia Cooperi as long as you keep it in a shady location. Be also mindful that low levels of light will cause the plant to lose its color as well!
So an ideal place for this plant is 3 feet (90cm) from the east window, where the transparent succulent can get morning sun and indirect light for the rest of the day.
A well-draining ground is crucial since these plants will not survive sitting in a watery environment. In terms of growing soil, you can utilize the pre-mixed type for cactus and succulents or mix your organic soil with stones, bark, and charcoal. Besides, cover the soil’s surface with gravel to protect the plant’s leaves from damp soil. It will help to prevent them from getting brown!
When the soil dries out, give Haworthia Cooperi succulents a drink of water. On hot summer days, water this transparent succulent once a week. Reduce the frequency of watering to once a month or even less in the winter; please pay attention to the soil moisture as well!
While watering, deeply water the roots to ensure they are all well hydrated. To drain the excess water, poke a few small drain holes in the pot’s bottom. Furthermore, never allow a succulent or cactus to soak up too much water!
Haworthia plants, like other cacti and succulents, are more vulnerable to overwatering than to a brief drought. As these drought-tolerant plants contain water in their plump leaves, they will not die or have any issues if you stop watering them for a few weeks.
Their water demands depend on numerous factors like soil, weather, humidity, pots. For example, hot and dry temperatures lead potting soil to dry up faster than cooler ones. As a bonus, clay pots’ soil moisture evaporates faster than it does in plastic pots’. Thanks to its drought-resistant nature, Haworthia Cooperi succulents do not require a lot of water to thrive. Yet, if you live in a hot, arid area, you may need to water your succulent plants more often! Water drains better from big outdoor pots or rock gardens. Outdoor succulents should be allowed to dry out before being watered again if they have been over-watered previously.
Haworthia Cooperi can tolerate and flourish in different temperatures.
When growing on hot days, these plants prefer warmth but not heat. Even in colder weather, temperatures around 50℉ (10℃) are not a problem for them! When it comes to 39℉ (4℃), your succulents might suffer cold damage, so it might be time to bring them inside and take care of them carefully.
When caring for Haworthia Cooperi, it is best to be mindful of the humidity levels. Specifically, the plant can tolerate any ambient conditions as long as you properly manage moisture around the roots and ensure good air circulation. The soil evaporates faster and stays protected from root rot problems.
Regarding fertilizer, Haworthia Cooperi does not require a great deal of it. But for maximum development, we highly recommend fertilizer!
Now bear in mind some feeding tips:
- First, use diluted fertilizer only throughout the active growth season
- Do not feed during the winter.
- These plants do not require much nutrition, so heavy feeder or too frequent feeding might lead to no good but unwanted indigestion.
- Cactus fertilizer twice a year is perfect for feeding your tiny and compact succulents.
- Before applying the fertilizer, remember to dilute it by half!
Repotting and collecting offsets from the mother plant is how succulent plants are propagated.
- Cut the offsets close to the mother plant with sharp scissors or a knife.
- Try to include as many roots as you can.
- Before repotting, let the offsets dry off first.
- Put these offsets in small pots and utilize the same soil as the mother plant.
- Now, place them in a bright and warm area and water regularly for strong growth.
It is not necessary to prune Haworthias, as doing so can harm the plant. Instead, you should allow a damaged leaf or plant stem to dry up and develop a new callus. In case of damaged roots during propagation, let them dry out for at least 24 hours before planting them again.
Unlike many other plants, the Haworthia Cooperi seldom requires repotting. A cushion aloe usually needs repotting to freshen the soil. If you wish to cultivate a few types of plants in an indoor succulent garden, you may need to move them to a larger container.
Moreover, spring or early summer would be ideal for repotting work because the plant’s development is more vigorous at this period. It is also less vulnerable to stress than before.
If your Haworthia Cooperi is healthy, you can also use the repotting time to propagate it and create more tiny succulents.
During the repotting process, you must take your clumping succulent out of its container. The roots should be rinsed under room-temperature water to remove any dirt that may have accumulated. In a fresh pot, place the succulent, then fill the pot with cactus potting soil. Then, rinse it thoroughly and place it in a bright, indirect area of light.
What Are The Common Pests and Diseases Of Haworthia Cooperi?
In general, Haworthia Cooperi is a hardy succulent that is not susceptible to pests or diseases. However, there are a few things you must keep in mind:
It is the root rot to blame if a plant falls over at the base. Fungal infections most commonly cause root rot in Haworthia Cooperi. In detail, soggy soil, low light, and insufficient ventilation might lead to this situation.
You can rescue a few leaves by propagating them. If not, continue to modify the watering amount and lighting conditions.
There are cases when leaves have fallen off the stem and revealed tiny bugs lurking in the nodes. If you do not detect the early sign of pest assault, it can be a tough problem to tackle later!
Once you spot out the signs, utilize an earbud soaked in alcohol to wipe the insect. In the next 15 days, spray pesticide and neem oil mixture. In case the infestation is severe, you will need to gently wash the plant until all bugs are removed, although the plant may be badly damaged.
Moisture management issues can lead to fungus gnats in the soil’s top one inch of soil. Therefore, let the soil dry off completely before watering!
No, the plant would die after its blooming. Nevertheless, their seasonal flowering can last for years as they are not monocarpic.
Can I grow Haworthia Cooperi In A Dark Spot?
Well, no, that is not the case! Like other plants, Haworthia Cooperi relies on light to create nourishment. When exposed to continuous darkness, the plant progressively deteriorates and finally dies.
Haworthia leaves would turn brown, red, or purple when exposed to too much sunshine. In case you observe yellowing, relocate the plant to a more shady place. Subsequently, the plant leaves will return to their original green hue under bright, indirect sunshine after a short time.
This blog post covered some knowledge on how to grow Haworthia Cooperi indoors, as well as the best care tips for these plants. Though the plant is not susceptible to common pests as other plants, it possibly faces some other severe issues like root rot, mealybugs, and fungus gnats without proper care! We hope that our guide will help you successfully plant a beautiful pot of Haworthia Cooperi! As always, if there are any other questions, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us!