Senecio Haworthii (Cocoon Plant)

If you want an extravagant succulent, surely the Senecio Haworthii is an ideal plant for you.

The Senecio Haworthii, also known as Cocoon Plant, Wooly Senecio, is a dwarf succulent and perennial of the genus Senecio that grows in South Africa.

The leaves of the senecio haworthii are cylindrical in shape approximately 2 cm long, which are densely covered by shiny silvery-white hairs, which is the main feature of this plant and what makes it so different.

The leaves of the senecio haworthii are grouped by the stems, giving the plant a column appearance.

The thick hairy layer of the leaves is an adaptation that allows the plant to survive in temperatures ranging from -6ºC to 40ºC and is able to tolerate extreme periods of drought.

It produces bright yellow flowers.

Tips to take care of the Senecio Haworthii

Irrigation

Senecio haworthii is a plant very resistant to drought.

You only need a little water in summer, always taking care that the substrate is completely dry between irrigation and irrigation.

And do not leave the earth moist for a long time, since excess water can rot the roots of the senecio haworthii.

Substratum

Although senecio haworthii can survive in a variety of soils, the best option to plant it is a mixture of pots of sandy loam or a specific substrate for succulents and cacti.

Temperature

Senecio haworthii is not resistant to cold, so if you live in an area that cools more than -1.1 ° C (30 ° F), it is better to plant this succulent in a pot that can be taken indoors.

Illumination

It is important that you plant your senecio haworthii in an area of your garden that receives a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight a day.

If you sow in the senecio haworthii in an indoor pot, place it in a room that receives a lot of sunlight, such as near a window where there is a lot of sun.

Propagation

The senecio haworthii can spread very easily through its leaves.

When taking a leaf to propel the plant, rotate the leaf gently from the stem.

You just have to make sure that the leaf you get from a clean pull, where there are no parts of the leaf on the stem, as this will give you a better chance of a successful spread.

After you get the leaflet the leaf become callous for a day or two days, before placing it on a substrate with good drainage.

You can also spread the senecio haworthii through cuttings.

Just remove the cuttings, using a sharp knife or scissors, then remove a stem from the main floor and let it rest for several days before placing it on a substrate with good drainage. 

Another option to sow the plant is through seeds.

For the seeds to sprout they must be at a temperature of approximately 13 ° C (55 ° F), and maintain a constant humidity.

Plagues and Diseases

The most common problem that can attack Senecio haworthii is the pests of scales and mealy insects in succulents.

To eliminate these pests you should only buy a treatment for succulents or cacti, but that is the least toxic possible.

Pruning

You should only prune the leaves of this plant, if any of them are mistreated or damaged due to pests, sickness or excessive irrigation.

You should only carefully cut these leaves, so your succulent will look more aesthetic.

This is truly a very beautiful plant, which will look amazing as an ornament of your home or office.

And without a doubt, this plant will be the center of attention, if you place it together with other succulents in the same pot.

highly recommend it, since it is an easy plant to care for and that will give a succulent touch to your succulent collection.