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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 12:32 PM CST
My Haworthia cooperi var. pilifera finally have flowers and it looks great in the beginning. The flower starts from the top of th stem and down. But the more it goes down, the skinner is the flower and it looks dry and burn. Is it too much sun? Not enough water or nutrient? I feel. Very sad.
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Name: Baja
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Baja_Costero
Jun 9, 2019 1:02 PM CST
That's the way the flowers look. Totally normal.
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 1:05 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:That's the way the flowers look. Totally normal.


Not the opened white one. The brown dried out one. Those are the new ones and doesn't bloom and never get fat like those on the top.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 9, 2019 1:08 PM CST
The flowers dry up when they are done blooming. They open from the bottom of the stalk toward the top of the stalk. The ones lower down are done flowering.
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 1:11 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:The flowers dry up when they are done blooming. They open from the bottom of the stalk toward the top of the stalk. The ones lower down are done flowering.


Frankly, quite the opposite. It bloom from the top then down. Those looks dry out never bloomed. Pretty much just like that the whole time.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 9, 2019 1:13 PM CST
After you spend some more time with your plant you will realize its flowering behavior is as I have described, and completely normal.
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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2019 1:14 PM CST
Your Haworthia (Haworthia cooperi var. pilifera) looks fine to me also. Flowers along the lower part of the stem are spent blooms.
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Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 1:17 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:After you spend some more time with your plant you will realize its flowering behavior is as I have described, and completely normal.


Well, I don't know about your plant, but mine bloom from the top of the stalk towards the bottom. And all those below the first few flowers are all dried and skinny and not bloom
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 1:29 PM CST
plantladylin said:Your Haworthia (Haworthia cooperi var. pilifera) looks fine to me also. Flowers along the lower part of the stem are spent blooms.


You mean those that dry out has bloom already and I thought it looks like that all the time becasue those that about it looks the same? You make be right. I need to make a mark this time to find out.
Also what is the gel like liquid that is beside the spent bloom? Is there any seed that I can collect?
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Baja_Costero
Jun 9, 2019 1:33 PM CST
Nectar. Taste it. It should be sweet. Your plant did not make fruit so it will not have seed.
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 1:37 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Nectar. Taste it. It should be sweet. Your plant did not make fruit so it will not have seed.


Nice. Thank you. I understand it better now.
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 6:04 PM CST
Baja_Costero said:Nectar. Taste it. It should be sweet. Your plant did not make fruit so it will not have seed.


Should I cut off the spent blooms?
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 9, 2019 6:04 PM CST
I want to propagate it, but there is no offset. How should I do it?
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Baja_Costero
Jun 9, 2019 6:11 PM CST
You will have to wait for offsets. Cut the inflorescence at the base when it's done flowering.
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tofitropic
Jun 10, 2019 5:57 AM CST
Totally agree to Baja_Costero and plantladylin, (believe me Baja is a "guru"),
not to try being redundant, but here is a picture of yours that actually shows the flowering transition, (sorry for taking the liberty of editing your photo, but it is a good photo indeed)
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Yes, you need to be patient to wait for the offset, but if you are really in a hurry, and would love to experiment, you can try leaves-propagation technique, it could work but not as easy as some other succulent like echeverias or graptopetalum (IMO)
https://www.haworthia.com/leaf...
and if you want seeds, you will likely need two genetically different specimen as they are known to be self sterile.
https://www.haworthia.com/poll...
and Welcome! to the forum, this is a great site, if you will, you could consider uploading your photo to the database, using the link provided by plantladylin previously, It could be used as reference material for other people.
Haworthia (Haworthia cooperi var. pilifera)
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 10, 2019 7:05 AM CST
I was trying to quote but no link is allowed for me. So I guess I will just reply.

Great edit for clarification! I've uploaded the pictures together with yours to the database. I was trying to search for the flower of this plant on the internet before and I cannot find any. Uploading this to database is a good idea. I am sure it will help someone later on.
I am glad that I found this community. It is so helpful and people are so friendly.
Thanks everyone.

Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 19, 2019 5:45 AM CST
Baja_Costero said:You will have to wait for offsets. Cut the inflorescence at the base when it's done flowering.


Will the flower grow from the same cut inflorescence next year?
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tofitropic
Jun 19, 2019 6:02 AM CST
No. it is done for that inflorescence, it will grow on newer spot, and it does not have to be next year, as long as it happy,... ( but this is may not be true for gardener in your area, since I grow them in tropics and haworthia blooms on and off all year long here. Anyway it is always summer here, as I live only 15 km from equatorial line)
Name: Haworthia
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Theflyingsquirrel
Jun 19, 2019 6:40 AM CST
tofitropic said:No. it is done for that inflorescence, it will grow on newer spot, and it does not have to be next year, as long as it happy,... ( but this is may not be true for gardener in your area, since I grow them in tropics and haworthia blooms on and off all year long here. Anyway it is always summer here, as I live only 15 km from equatorial line)


Thanks. I wish mine can have flowers that often too.
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tarev
Jun 19, 2019 12:02 PM CST
It is still flowering time for most Haworthias. So it should be able to send out some more bloomstalks. Our growing areas are different. Over here, since I have them outdoors in part sun/and more shade during the hot afternoons I can liberally water them. Media is very well draining and our dry out time is quite fast so plant is growing happily. Typically it will send out the bloomstalks if temps hover in the 65F to 80F range (18C to 26C range). Higher than that, it will just gradually kill off the blooms much faster, since by then our temps are soaring too high than what it can take.

Flowering time may go all the way to Fall on my side, especially if after the heat wave days we start to cool down, then I see a second flush of blooming.
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