Haworthia Cooperi Care & Growing Guide

This cute little plant is the perfect desk companion for when you’re stuck at work during the night.

Its tiny features are adorable, and it makes you want to pick it up and hug it. It doesn’t grow very tall at all, and sometimes, your thumb is bigger than the plant.

Haworthia Cooperi Care & Growing Guide

1. Light requirements

Bright but indirect light is best for the Haworthia plant because its leaves are very delicate and small. Too much direct straight from the sun can burn and dehydrate the plant. If you can, place the succulent on a windowsill where light comes in most of the day. It needs about 3 to 4 hours of indirect sun a day.

2. Water

Because the Haworthia is so small, and it meant to be a desert plant, it doesn’t require much water at all. You have to let the soil dry completely in between waterings. And in the water, do water it more than once every six weeks. The dry air of winter doesn’t make a difference. 

3. Climate

The Haworthia plant likes to dry in or warm or hot weather. It can also be in humid weather as long as you reduce the amount of watering it receives. It doesn’t like cold or wet climates. It is best to place this plant in the middle of the house so that the air can stay an even temperature around it. 

4. Soil

Because this plant will be in a pot all its life, because it’s too small to plant outside, it needs to have quick-draining soil that won’t clog it roots with water. Adding smalls rock to the Haworthia will improve its draining. You can also mix in perlite. 

small Haworthia Cooperi plant

5. Temperature

If you keep the Haworthia around the temperature 68F to 72F, it should be healthy and warm. This plant is used to hot weather and humidity, but not the cold. If the weather around it gets too cold, the plant’s leaves will scare and look ugly. 

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6. Decorative uses

Because of how small and cute the Haworthia is, it is often used in displays and large succulent pot scenes. You can add this plant to any decoration. Mix and match it with other types of succulents. 

7. Speed of Growth

The Haworthia takes a very long time to grow, and even then, it won’t become very tall. It is reported that it only grows around four inches a year, even in the best of conditions. But succulent plants have never been the type of plants to grow large or tall.

8. Height and spread

Its tiny leaves will only grow around 4 inches above the soil, and it grows straight up. So, there isn’t much spread unless you count the tiny pot it came in. Some of its leaves are so small; they don’t even reach the surface above the soil. 

9. Propagation

If you would like to keep growing the same Haworthia plant, then you can propagate it and take one of the leaves to root and created a new plant. First, you must take one of the leaves and tear it off from the stem meets the roots. Then you can let it sit for several hours so that the wound where the leaf was separated from the stem can scab and heal. Then, you can place the new cutting into a planter with that has soil. Do water them for a week and leave the pot of leaves in a very sunny area. Once you do water them, only do it once a week.

10. Flowers

Surprisingly yes, the Haworthia plant does have a flowering period. The flower comes out only in the summer months, and only the plant has been treated very well. It is a single stem of small white flowers that comes out in the middle of the plants. It also has small vines that uncurl and anchor itself to object for support. The petals are almost see-through, and the leaves open at the tips of the flower. 

Haworthia Cooperi plant

Is the Haworthia cooperi plant poisonous?

Despite their small size, the Haworthia plant is slightly poisonous to both humans and animals. The sap inside the plant contains poison, and if the plant is eaten, whoever ate it is going to experience irritation of the stomach and mouth and vomiting. Keep this plant away from small children and dogs who like to chew on things. 

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Can Haworthia cooperi plants grow in water?

No, this plant cannot grow in the water at all. It only needs like a tablespoon of water a week, and it is a succulent plant, which is from the desert. If it is in water, it will quickly die.

How to get Haworthia cooperi plants to flower?

There is no guaranteed way to make Haworthia’s flower to bloom. The only conditions it to try to flower them at are 30% to 35% humidity with rounds the clock indirect light, and the temperature is between 55F to 90F. But once it flowers, the flowers stay all year round. 

Common Haworthia cooperi Plant Diseases

Root rot is typical in succulents that are overwatered. The Haworthia plant does not need a lot of water, to begin with. It is a small desert plant. At most, you should only water the plant once a week. To stop root rot from killing your tiny plant, leave the plant alone. Let the roots and the soil dry out. Do not water it anymore. You can change the plant to a different pot of soil, but you still cannot water it.

Woodlice love the eat the roots of the Haworthia plant. They burrow themselves into the soil and chew on the roots. You can tell that woodlice have been eating the roots of the plant because it loses its color and its shape. If you can, you could take the plant out of its pot and change the soil and rinse off the roots. It may send the Haworthia into shock, but you might be able to save your plant. 

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  • This tiny little plant is an excellent addition to succulent decorative gardens.
  • The Haworthia cooperi is from the country of South Africa. 
  • The plant can hurt a human or an animal if it is eaten. 
  • Humidity is ok for the Haworthia, as long as the soil around its roots stays dry.
  • If you don’t catch root rot in time, it can kill your whole plant. 
  • Under the right conditions, the Haworthia’s flower can bloom and last for a long time.
Haworthia Cooperi