Plant parents, here’s a great addition to your growing family!
Majestic, aren’t they?
This is Haworthia Cooperi.
A member of the Asphodelaceae family, this succulent is known by many names.
It’s also called Cooper’s Aloe, Cushion Aloe, Zebra Cactus, Ice Lantern, or Crystal Succulent. They’re abundant in Eastern Cape, South Africa, and other countries with a warm climate.
True to its name, its (semi) transparent leaves make it look like ice or crystal.
The Haworthia can grow up to two inches tall, and its leaves grow outward into a beautiful rosette pattern.
Caring for Haworthia is pretty simple.
You can use a well-draining pot and use a mix of potting soil and grit (like perlite or sand). This plant survives in full sun but still prefers partial shade, especially when the sun is at its peak.
Those conditions make it great as an indoor plant.
It doesn’t need that much watering, either! Haworthia Cooperi only needs to be watered once a week during summer, or the moment you observe that the top of the soil is already dried out.
You don’t even need to water it during winter!
Or, we should say, you only need to water it once a month if (and only if) you notice that the soil is fully dry to the touch and the leaves look like they could use a drink. Trust us, they aren’t very thirsty plants.
You don’t have to look for a plant-sitter when you go on long trips.
They’re pet-friendly, too!
You need not worry about growing this plant indoors where your pets are because it is not toxic at all. So, you can keep this plant in your room and make it a beautiful accent by the window or on your desk.
Maintaining a healthy Haworthia plant is simple, as well.
Keep it in a room with temperatures between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Fertilize it during fall and spring so it will grow healthy. Take note that you need to re-pot the Hawthoria every 2-3 years.
There are also other things you should avoid so it won’t die.
Make sure that the soil is not too moist, or it will develop some soil gnats. Keep it away from dimly lit and overly humid areas to avoid fungal diseases. Lastly, don’t overwater because that will rot the plant.
And if you see a long stalk growing in between?
Don’t worry – it’s just the plant’s flowers. And guess what?
When you see one growing, it means your plant is happy. Yay!
You can propagate it quickly, too.
There are three ways: through leaf cuttings, seeds, and offsets. The best one is by cutting an offset with ample roots from the mother plant.
Dry it out before re-potting in a small pot or planter with the same soil as the mother plant. Caring for it is the same: place in a bright and warm spot, and water adequately.
You’ll see it grow new leaves and roots in a few weeks.
Ready to own one?
Since these lovely wonders thrive in warmer climates, you can buy one within the southern part of the United States. Ask your nearest greenhouse or garden center in the area if they sell succulents, and ask about the Haworthia Cooperi right away.
These are available online, too!
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