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A Guide to Haworthia Cooperi: What is It, Tips for Keeping it Happy

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Haworthia Cooperi

It’s haworthia cooperi time! That’s right, haworthias are an interesting plant that grows in the winter and should be researched by enthusiasts before purchasing. So here is a quick guide to haworthia cooperi: what they are, how to care for them, common problems with haworthia cooperi and tips on keeping it happy.

Haworthia CooperiWhat is a Haworthia Cooperi?

Haworthia cooperi is a type of succulent that can be found in South Africa. It belongs to the haworthia family, which are dwarf plants with leaves arranged into rosettes and stems that have protective hairs on their surface because they live in hot climates where the ground would otherwise burn its skin.

The plant gets its scientific name from this man, haworthia cooperi.

It is sometimes referred to as the “clown haworthia” because of its brightly colored flowers which are usually orange or red with a yellow center, but can also be white with a green throat and pink petals. The leaves are thick and succulent, often curving down like in an upside-down question mark. The haworthia cooperi’s main form of protection is its ability to store water in the leaves, which helps it survive drought conditions. This haworthia spechas a flowering season from November until February.

Haworthias are not water-lilies, and cannot survive in ponds or other standing bodies of water.

Origins of Haworthia Cooperi Plant

Haworthia cooperi hails from South Africa, and is native to the succulent-rich grasslands in that region. It was first discovered by a botanist named Henry Nicholas Haworth who found it after noticing a haworthia with unusual flowers which he had never seen before.

In the wild, haworthia flower typically live in hazy or dusty environments, so it is important to mimic that when the plant lives in a home. Give them plenty of air circulation by opening windows and doors on breezeless days, as well as using fans if needed.

Haworthia Cooperi Plant Care Guide

Haworthia cooperi is a great plant option for beginner gardeners because of the hardiness and resilience they demonstrate when growing. There are many haworthia cooperi care tips that will help you grow your plant to be the best it can be.

Below is a list of haworthia cooperi care tips:


Hapworthia cooperi live in a variety of environments, from extremely arid to wet. They prefer well-drained soil and need more water than haworthias that are found at higher altitudes. Plant haworthia cooperi plants with the crown (where new growth emerges) an inch or so below the surface for best results.

The soil mix haworthia cooperi needs is a mixture of perlite (or sand) and cactus potting mix or regular potting mix with added calcium to make the pH between six and seven on the acidic side. Haworthia cooperi like a neutral soil, so avoid adding lime to the mix.


Hapworthia cooperi are sensitive to changes in light, so make sure they’re not being shaded by other plants or objects that might be nearby. If haworthia cooperi get too much sun, the leaves will turn yellow and rot quickly; if they don’t have enough sunlight, new growth will slow and eventually stop.

Don’t forget haworthia cooperi in the winter! They’ll need a little bit of light to maintain their color.


Water haworthia cooperi every day, or up to twice a day if you live in an area with dry summers. Make sure to use a saucer or pot with plenty of drainage holes so that the haworthia cooperi does not sit in water. If you live in an area with heavy rain, consider placing your haworthia cooperi on top of a dish rack as it can become saturated and cause mold growth.

Don’t let haworthia roots get too dry during their dormancy period; haworthias need to be watered until the soil is completely dry, but don’t let it stay too wet.


The haworthia cooperi can tolerate a temperature range anywhere from 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. They are very tolerant of these swings in temperature, and you should not worry about it if your home is unusually cold or hot one day. If you do happen to notice that the haworthia cooperi is looking a bit droopy, then it may be time to bring them in.

-Tip: This plant does not like drafts, so try to avoid placing it near air vents or windows.

-Tip: This haworthia cooperi has a cool, dry look about it but can tolerate moist environments as well!


The haworthia cooperi thrives in as much humidity as possible. This can be achieved by using a humidifier and/or misting the plants daily for fifteen minutes to an hour depending on your climate, or size of haworthia plant. If you notice condensation is occurring inside your terrarium then it is too humid. If the haworthia cooperi plants are wilting with curled leaves, it is too dry and you should increase humidity by using a humidifier or misting more often.


Hapworthia Cooperi can be grown in low-light conditions, so we don’t recommend using fertiliser for haworthias. The plant is a slow grower but the leaves will need to be trimmed regularly at about three inches from the tips of the rosette or more often if they start curling upwards around themselves.


Hapworthia cooperi is actually one of the most toxic plants in the world. The haws are very bitter, but when eaten by animals they can cause intoxication followed by death. Hapworthia cooperi also have an intense bitterness to them as well as a musty smell.

Hapworthia Cooperi has no known predators due to its toxicity and it likes habitats that are dry because they typically have less competition there than elsewhere.


Haworthia cooperi haworthias may need to be trimmed infrequently in order to grow and keep healthy. They should not be pruned when it is flowering or while there are still green leaves on the plant. It’s best to trim haworthias right after they stop blooming, before the plants start to grow again.

Trim haworthia cooperi by cutting the larger leaves or stems with a sharp and clean pair of pruning shears, making sure they remain green and healthy. Only trim haworthias that are damaged or diseased. Trimming haworthias too much can cause them to lose their natural shape and become unattractive. Trim haworthias once or twice a year, depending on the size of the plant.

Propagation and Growth

Hapworthia cooperi is a rather delicate haworthia species. It should be kept in a well-lit area, and may benefit from additional light provided by fluorescent or LED bulbs on the sides of the pot to ensure it receives plenty of light. Hapworthias are drought tolerant plants which can handle periods without watering, however haworthia cooperi would benefit from regular watering once a week to keep the soil moist.

To propagate haworthias, take stem cuttings and place them in a shallow pot of water until roots form. Planting haworthias will require some extra care because haworthia cooperi prefers loose and porous soil with excellent drainage, but haworthia cooperi can tolerate a wide range of soil types.


Haworthia cooperi haworthias are slow-growing plants. They need to be repotted every year in the spring, when they start growing again after a winter rest period. The pot should have drainage holes and should be big enough for haworthia cooperi’s roots so it can grow without being constricted by its container. Clay pots are best, and haworthia cooperi should not be repotted in plastic pots.

Hapworthias are sensitive plants, so care must be taken not to damage or break them while repotting haworthia cooperi. If haworthia brokerii does get broken, the haworthia should be repotted immediately, and the broken haworthis leaves trimmed off.

The haworthia should be watered before it is repotted, and the potting mix should not dry out between waterings. The haworthia will need to be fertilized in every other watering with a half-strength fertilizer solution (one teaspoon of fertilizer per gallon of tepid water).

Haworthia Cooperi Variegated

The haworthia cooperi variegated has a green base color with yellow stripes and dots. Plants grow up to 16 inches tall, have rosette leaves that are around five inches long by three inch wide with wavy edges. The haworthia cooperi variegated is drought tolerant and requires little water.

They haworthia can tolerate low light levels but prefers bright light. The haworthia cooperi variegated is not a cold temperature plant and should be kept in temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The haworthia cooperi variegated can tolerate both sun and shade but prefer bright airy locations that provide some humidity.

If you are looking for the perfect indoor houseplant, then haworthia cooperi variegated is the plant for you. You might also want to try other haworthia varieties like haworthia retusa, haworthia araneoides or haworthia pygmaea.

Common Issues with Haworthia Cooperi

Haworthia cooperi can be sensitive to indirect sunlight or extreme heat; haworthias are especially susceptible to sunburn in the summer, so it’s best not to leave them out on a window sill for long periods of time.

Haworthias growing in containers may need more frequent watering than those planted directly into the ground

Haworthias are prone to infestations of mealybugs and scale insects; these pests can be kept at bay by simply spraying the plant with water, which will kill them.

Haworthia cooperi does not do well as a houseplant or inside an office setting due to its sensitivity to indirect sunlight.

Haworthia Cooperi

Tips for Keeping a Haworthia Cooperi Happy

It’s not very difficult to care for haworthias and they are fairly easy to find, especially online!

It’s best to keep haworthias in an environment with low humidity. They don’t do well near plants that cause a lot of moisture, so it’s good to avoid keeping haworthia cooperi close to cactuses or ferns. The soil should be light and absorbent yet hold the plant firmly upright (potted haworthias are sometimes called haworthia pots).

The haworthia should be watered lightly, then wait until the soil feels dry before being refilled again (about a week or so). Never water haworthias in full sun. Take care not to overwater haworthias, which can lead to root rot.

Keep it in an area with indirect sunlight. Place haworthias away from windows or other sources of direct light to prevent sunburns and decrease the frequency of watering cycles.

Apply a diluted solution of dish soap and water to haworthia cooperi leaves every two weeks to prevent the buildup of pests, which can be difficult for haworthias to fight on their own. Finally, haworthia cooperi owners should use a fertilizing liquid every two weeks to keep the leaves healthy.

Haworthia Cooperi Frequently Asked Questions

How do you care for haworthia Cooperi?

Haworthia cooperi care thrives on neglect and is difficult to kill (it will often reestablish itself after being plucked out of the ground). In other words – haworthias are tough plants! You can see how this would make it a great choice for people with busy lives and little time to devote to gardening.

Haworthia cooperi should be planted in soil that drains well, like cactus or succulent potting mix. Avoid soils containing peat moss as haworthias are sensitive to waterlogging

Plants can go a while without watering – but it is important to make sure haworthias never dry out completely. When in doubt, water haworthia cooperi until the dirt starts to come out of the pot

To thrive indoors, haworthia Cooperi needs a sunny window with ample light. It should be watered when the soil feels just barely moist – do not let it get too dry

How often do you water haworthia Cooperi?

Water haworthia cooperi at least once a day, but be sure not to overwater it. A haworthia cooperi should be watered sparingly so that the soil still feels dry between waterings. The haworthia will let you know if they need more or less water by drooping their leaves.

They should be watered in the morning, or when it is cloudy so that they will not lose too much water through evaporation.

If you see white powder or a thick crust on the leaves, this is because of too much water. You will need to drastically reduce watering haworthia cooperi in order for them to get back into good health. A haworthia can also be overwatered if it looks wrinkled and shriveled up.

Does haworthia need sunlight?

Hapworthia needs some sunlight for best growth. It does well with any indirect or filtered sun exposure and much prefers it to shade! A haworthia hapworthia should be kept out of direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day as they can quickly dry out.

How do you water haworthia Cooperi?

Water haworthia cooperi as you would any other succulent. Be careful not to overwater it, and remember that haworthias hate soggy soil. If your haworthia’s top layer of soil is wet more than an inch deep, pull off the excess water before it has a chance to wick into the pot.

Use a clean spray bottle with lukewarm or room-temperature water, it’s important not to use hot tap water on haworthias because this can kill the plant. Never put them directly under running faucet either, haworthias like to be a little bit drier than most succulents.

Spray haworthias until water runs off the plant. You might need to repeat this if it’s hot outside or you haven’t watered in a while, but don’t soak them and make sure they’re not sitting in any standing water.

How do you save Overwatered haworthia?

Haworthia are picky about their soil conditions and should not be overwatered. When they have been over watered, the best thing to do is let them dry out for a few days before watering again. If you find that they are not drying out, place them in a sunny location and apply some air circulation by fanning the leaves with your hand or blowing on it from across the room for 15 minutes.

After haworthia has been over watered, you will see that the leaves turn brown or pale and shrink. If this is happening then it is a sign of overwatering. The plant needs more air circulation to dry out the soil faster- by fanning across from one side of the room to another for 15 minutes each day as mentioned above.

For those who are looking for a less time consuming solution- you can use “potting mix that expands as it dries” to help with this problem by placing haworthia in loose potting mix or gravel which will allow air flow under haworthia so water can evaporate.


Haworthias are very resilient plants and some people say they make great beginner succulents because these little guys can take lots of abuse. The two most important things for this haworthia are a bright light and plenty of moisture, but with these conditions, it will bloom beautifully year after year. It does well both indoors and outside in the shade. If you get your haworthia cooperi from a greenhouse, then it may need more water and fertilizer than haworthias that were propagated in the fall. This making haworthia cooperi an excellent choice for someone who wants to start an indoor garden without a large investment! Use haworthia cooperi as an accent plant or use it to fill in empty space between other plants and trees.

Other articles you may be interested in: Hoya Bella, Why do cucumber leaves turn yellow and Philodendron Gloriosum.

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