Complete Haworthia Cooperi Propagation Guide

Haworthia Cooperi Propagation Guide

Haworthia Cooperi is a succulent that grows in clumps of small rosettes of tiny fleshy light green leaves. It has a distinctive feature: a slight bristly awn on the margin of the leaf of most varieties. In some of the variations, the leaves terminate in a long bristle.

These beautiful mini succulents are collectors’ favourites. Growing up to 2 inches high, their rosettes of leaves grow from 3 cm to 30 cm in diameter, reliant on the species. Stemless, they have small, white flowers. Cute, and decorative – they look great on your mantlepiece. Here’s how to grow more from your present Haworthia Cooperi.

Complete Haworthia Cooperi Propagation Guide

Haworthia Cooperi is a highly variable succulent with different varieties. Plant lovers grow them in small ceramic containers and place them on the desktop, or mantlepiecce making an adorable, stunning look.

If you want to learn more about these beautiful and charming succulents, here are the propagation guides:

Propagating the Haworthia Cooperi can be done through offset, leaf cuttings, seeds propagation, and water propagation. Offset is the quickest method or way to reproduce this succulent which most of the growers preferred.

Leaf-cutting is one of the easiest methods of propagating but somewhat risky because Haworthia Cooperi is difficult to get the entire leaf without ripping off the tip of the leaf.

Remember, although you are reproducing, seeds take a long time to grow with less reliability than the leaves.

Water propagation is the same except that you place the leaves in water instead of soil.


Offset separation is the natural method of propagating your Haworthia Cooperi. This means you should remove one of the babies of the Haworthia Cooperi by pulling it gently from the soil when they have started developing their roots.

This process could be considered risky that might damage the root system. Almost all plant lovers recommend that you remove the pups in spring or autumn when the plant is not inactive – thus reducing stress to both the parent plant and babies.

Here are some guides on how to separate Haworthia Cooperi pups and repotting as well:

Use a sharp knife to remove the offset as close to the mother plant as possible. When making a cut include many roots.

Allow the plant to dry before watering, or let the watering be done for the first few days after potting.

Plant the offset by using a succulent soil mix. Otherwise, you can make succulent soil by mixing one part of regular potting soil, perlite, and sand.

Water your Haworthia Cooperi sparingly.

Leaf Cuttings

The other method or process is leaf cutting. In this cutting process, be careful and try not to rip off the tip of the leaf. It is necessary to choose a healthy plant with a healthy leaf for this method. Here are some guidelines.

This should be done with a clean, sharp knife to be able to cut the desired length of your Haworthia Cooperi leaf. Try to avoid using scissors because it might damage the fleshy leaves. Cut at least an inch.

Use and dip the cut edge of your Haworthia Cooperi leaf in a rooting hormone.

Let the leaf-cutting dry for a couple of days above the succulent potting mix and use a container or pot with adequate drainage holes.

Then plant your leaf-cutting and make sure that the soil moisture should be maintained and not wet because your Haworthia Cooperi leaf will rot.

Water it in the morning using a sprayer once every two days and keep the container shaded.

As possible, don’t cover the container with plastic because the leaves will catch mold, and make sure not to touch the cuttings until well established.

The new plant will grow from the leaf for about six to eight weeks.

In some types, the leaf has a transparent streak around the tip. For other types the entire leaf tip is transparent.

Seed Propagation

Seed propagation is another way or method of propagating your Haworthia Cooperi. It is highly recommended to plant them during the fall months with the same type of soil.

Place in a container and cover the seed with sand to ensure an even favorable environment. Here are some guides for you.

It should be sown about 1-3 cm deep in the same type of succulent soil mix or else you can purchase soil specifically made for succulents.

Having the right soil is the foundation for your growing seeds to germinate. Some of the seeds cannot grow or germinate totally. You are lucky enough if more plants grow and sprout.

Cover the seed with sand or coarse-grained particles or pumice to ensure an even favorable condition.

Don’t forget to place the container in a low-light area for seed germination. This will give you the chance to succeed.

Seed propagation is so rewarding whenever you can see the first sign of growth: a small stem and the first tiny leaf.

Make sure to protect the young plants as they are very vulnerable until they are established.

Water the container when it is dry.

Water Propagation

Water Propagation is another method of the same except that you place the leaves in water instead of soil. It is another variation of propagating your beloved Haworthia Cooperi.

Place a ball of dense sterilized cotton wool inside a glass jar. Pour out water until the cotton wool is wet.

Place the Haworthia Cooperi stalk in the cotton wool while the leaf rests along the jar’s lid.

Always keep the cotton wool moist and let the set up undisturbed for a few weeks until you can see the roots.

When your Haworthia Cooperi is established, you can now plant them in a container or pot.


We all know that Haworthia Cooperi is a slow-growing kind of succulent, and of course, we will not expect this adorable plant to grow into a sizable plant very quickly.

Every rosette reaches about 2 – 4 inches in the spread, but the beautiful clumps put out several pups along the side of the mother plant, making the plants a little more in size.

The leaves are variegated, which make them even more attractive.

Watering the Haworthia Cooperi Baby Plants

Part of the care for your adorable and beautiful succulent, the Haworthia Cooperi, is watering. They are drought tolerant and require less watering.

Generally, these succulents need less water, and they still thrive as they can store water in the leaves as most succulents do.

Let’s allow the soil to dry thoroughly between waterings and then water. It takes weeks to water them. As much as possible, the water should be drained out of the pot in less than a day.

Using a container or pot with adequate drainage holes for the excess water to drain quickly. You can also drain the water at the bottom of the container.

During watering, slowly water them because they need a lot of air to thrive.

Remember, watering mistakes are probably the primary cause of the death of Haworthia Cooperi.


These succulents need the right soil in which to grow and be well-nourished. It is an essential component for their success. They are more susceptible to overwatering and root rot.

A succulent soil mix is ideal to use that works well effectively for this adorable succulent to become larger.

However, you can make succulent soil by mixing one part of regular potting soil, perlite, and sand.

You can also use a good mix of one-part commercial cactus mix, two parts perlite or coarse sand, and one part vermiculite.

An important point is to ensure the PH level of the soil must be within the correct margins.

To prevent the Haworthia Cooperi of getting root rot, well-draining soil is perfect for them. There is also available soil on the market specifically made for succulents.

Having the exact right soil is the foundation for growing healthy and compact for the Haworthia Cooperi


It is important to note and wait until seven-eight weeks after potting before fertilizing with the organic fertilizer solution. You could also provide fertilizer which is typically used for succulents.

It needs them to feed only during their active periods and in small doses. You could also add an amount of compost to boost their well-being.

The best time to apply this mixture is early in the morning when the temperature is cooler.

Temperature and Humidity

Haworthias Cooperi grows best with a humidity of 40% and a room temperature that ranges from 60% to 80%. So, it is best to monitor the amount of light and humidity the Haworthias Cooperi is getting.

More often, they prefer average humidity and thrive in most environments.

Whenever the humidity level in your home is low, you should adjust the amount of water accordingly.

If the humidity is high, you will need to reduce watering. To our knowledge, humidity is the water vapor found in the air.

So then, if your house is more humid rather than an average home, your Haworthia Cooperi needs less water.

Also, be careful not to place these plants in direct midday sunlight, or else they might end up being sunburned.

Whenever you could provide these heat-loving succulents with enough sunlight, they will relatively thrive to their fullest.

If you desire to grow them inside your home, place them in a window to let some cooler air in, lowering the house’s humidity.

Origins and Other Names of This Plant

Haworthia Cooperi is a small succulent in the genus of Haworthia and the family of Asphodelaeae. Its natural home is in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The common names are Cooper’s Haworthia, Brittle Haworthia, Pussy Foot, and Window Haworthia.

This adorable succulent was named named after an English Botanist, Thomas Cooper, and It is found growing between Port Elizabeth and East London.

The Haworthia Cooperi has distinct features that closely match that of its relative, Haworthia Cymbiformis.

These two species interact in such a way that Haworthia Cymbiformis grows on the cliffs while Haworthia Cooperi grows on the lowland plains. Most likely, at certain points, the two species merge.

Final Thoughts

An interesting and unusual feature of these small and pretty plants is that the leaves have transparent stripes surrounding their points. In some of its varieties, the entire leaf point is transparent.

In the wild, the sun is extremely bright. In these conditions, the plants grow buried mostly under the sand. The transparent tips of the leaves can be seen above the ground.

All the different variants of this plant are attractive and charming and when you see them you can understand why they are collectors’ items.

As an attractive and adorable stunning plant, placing them in a window is ideal.

Overall, Haworthia Cooperi succulents are easy to care for and propagate. So, they make great houseplants for beginners.

If you find them appealing, you will probably want to begin your collection with a few different varieties. We did!

They are adorable and great to sit on tables or desks which is why they are so popular worldwide. We hope this guide will give you all the information you need to know about your Haworthia Cooper and how to propagate new ones.

Jenny Marie
Tribal Writer

Edited By
Patricia Godwin

Patricia Godwin

Patricia has many years of experience as a content writer on various subjects, but her first love is gardening. She’s never met a plant she didn’t like and, consequently, she writes about every type of plant you can think of. Once an avid gardener with a herb garden, a succulent rockery, and a rose garden – to mention a few. Nowadays, she’s constantly on the move searching for interesting plants to bring to your attention; and explain to you all the details you need to grow, care and maintain these plants.

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