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Posted 1w ago by @ToxicPunkWitch

Dramatic hawthoria
I've have little copper here #hawthoria #cooperi) for a couple months now. He's been doing okay, minus getting what is a little less waste than he probably should have. These little #lines have been there all along, and haven't gone away, even after repotting. I went and got a little "grow light", and he was under it for literally half a day; I woke up this morning to him falling open, which I haven't seen before. I did accidentally drop the pot a couple days ago, but he just went directly back into it, and wasn't damaged at all... I'm sort of new to #succulents so I don't know all their symptoms, yet... #succulentsquad... should I worry? Is it opening up to the light? Ugh. DX
4” pot with drainage
Last watered 2 weeks ago
It’s probably just stretching towards the new light source ☺️.
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I actually think it’s too far from the light source and is stretching. Ideally, it should be more compact. Haworthia can tolerate less light than most succulents but I still would not consider them low light plants. I have several of them under a lamp with a grow light, and the light is on for 12-14 hours a day. When succulents get tall or “open up” instead of being short and compact, it generally means they would prefer more light. Try moving it very close to the grow light, or sit it in a window, and see if the growth changes for you.
Oh, and the little indentations at the bottom look to me like mild scarring that probably took place at some point when it was in a tiny plastic nursery pot, and the leaves were pushing against the pot. I wouldn’t worry about it—I don’t think it’s causing any harm. It’ll probably always look like that, as long as it has those leaves that were injured.
@Jana85 it didn't start opening up until I put it by the grow light. It's been 3 feet from a window since I got it, a couple months ago. Then suddenly dropped open less than 6 hours after putting it under the light. It's actually fully opened up, now, after 6 more hours under it, this morning.
Oh wow. I’ve never seen a haworthia do that. That’s also extremely fast. Are you sure it isn’t rotting? It looks a bit soft, but photos make it difficult to tell. If the core of it is soft and starting to rot, that may be making it fall.
It is super soft, now. But. Yeah. It was literally 24 hours. When I dropped the pot, I didn't bother to replace the decorative stones on top. But that's the only thing, other than the light, that's changed.
@Jana85 the only way I can think to describe it is "rotting". Almost like a water balloon slowly leaking.. Like I said, if anything I haven't watered it enough, but maybe the soil wasn't well-draining enough, even though it was a succulent mix. I have seen since getting it that a lot of people feel it still holds too much moisture. Is there anything I can do to bring it back?
@ToxicPunkWitch no, I don’t think this particular plant can survive, but you can try to do things differently to prevent it in the future. You may need to make the soil “grittier” with pumice, perlite, coarse sand, or whatever you choose. Also, I find that succulents are easier to keep dry in terra cotta pots. You want to be able to soak the soil and have it be dry again within around 24 hours, and leave it dry until the plant starts to get dehydrated. “Overwatering” with succulents sometimes just means the soil didn’t dry fast enough, but you can change that and try again. 😊
@Jana85 I plan to add more "grit" into my soil. This one was in a terracotta pot (I just crocheted a little cozy for it)... oh, no. Could it be that the water I happened to use last time was devoid of chlorine? I use spring water with a dechlorinator for my reptiles, and I used the squeeze bottle that I had intended to use for my bearded dragon. Could that be what caused such a rapid decline? I'm not exactly sure what's in it, but I assumed if it was safe for reptiles, it was safe enough... it's called ReptiSafe. (I'm not at home, or I would look to see what's in it.)
It's a minuscule amount, but... maybe?
Maybe it's just a succulent thing? I know people use this with live planted fish tanks all the time, but...
Would putting a "false-bottom" of sorts at the base of my pots help? Ex, using clay balls under a screen, so the water has a layer between the soil and the drainage hole?

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