Haworthia cooperi var. doldii M.B.Bayer
Haworthia doldii, Haworthia tenera var. doldii
The native range of this variety is South Africa. It was discovered growing on flat rocks in an area at Chalumna River (Tyolomnqa), west of East London in the Eastern Cape, due to the new bridge over the river, which made this area accessible to botanical exploration.
Haworthia cooperi var. doldii is a small succulent that forms rosettes of erect to spreading leaves with translucent tips and firm white spines on the margins and keel. The rosettes grow to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, forming small clumps. Leaves are thick, fleshy, attenuate, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. They are dark green or reddish to purplish when exposed to intense light. Flowers are white and appear closely arranged on slender, up to 8 inches (20 cm) long inflorescence.
The varietal epithet "doldii (DOL-dee-eye)" honors Tony Dold (1965-), a plant taxonomist, ethnobotanist, and the curator of the Selmar Schonland Herbarium at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown, who collected this variety.
How to Grow and Care for Haworthia cooperi var. doldii
Light: Place the potted plant in a bright area with some protection from the hottest rays of the day. White, yellow, or red-tinged leaves usually indicate that your H. cooperi var. doldii receives too much sunlight. Deep shade tends to weaken the plant over a prolonged period. If your plant has spent the winter indoors, gradually move it outdoors into the bright sun to prevent sunburn.
Soil: Like all Haworthias, this plant does not like its roots to remain wet for prolonged periods, so the soil should be well-drained. Use a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make your own.
Temperature: This succulent likes warmer in the summer but cool temperatures in the winter. However, it does not like being too cold. H. cooperi var. doldii can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: In spring and fall, when the growth is most active, water H. cooperi var. doldii thoroughly, then wait until the top of the soil dries out before watering again. Water your plant less during the winter when its growth slows down significantly. During the hottest summer months, when this plant is mostly dormant, water just enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: H. cooperi var. doldii does not require much fertilizer. However, for optimum growth, fertilization is a good idea. Feed only with a dilute fertilizer and only during the active growing season.
Repotting: This slow-growing succulent can stay in the same pot for years. To keep your plant healthy and happy, repot H. cooperi var. doldii into fresh soil every two to three years in spring or fall. Repotting time is also the time to take offsets for propagation.
Propagation: The quickest and most common method of propagating H. cooperi var. doldii is by offsets. It can also be propagated by leaves and seeds. Remove the offsets when they have started developing their own roots. Sow the seeds in spring or fall in a well-draining soil mix.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Haworthia.
Toxicity of Haworthia cooperi var. doldii
H. cooperi var. doldii is considered non-toxic to humans and animals.
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