Adromischus Cooperi (Plover Eggs Plant)

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This succulent is a dwarf-like many in its genus. The main difference between it and the rest of the genus is how freely it branches. It is also known as Club-Adromischus due to the shape of its leaves vis a vis their stalks. It is endemic to the Cape region of South Africa.

Scientific Name:Adromischus Cooperi.
Other Names:Plover Egg Plant, Cotyledon Cooperi.
Growth Season:Its growth season is in spring and summer.
Preferred Temperature:It can withstand cold temperatures up to -7oC. However, its ideal temperature is 24oC, give or take a few degrees.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 9-11.
Average Mature Height & Width:Its height and width are 2-7cm and 15cm respectively.
Dormancy:The plant goes into dormancy in winter from 5oC.
Toxicity:It can be toxic to humans and pets when ingested.
Adromischus Cooperi Summary

Adromischus Cooperi Physical Characteristics

This dwarf succulent has been described as being freely branching. It is only 2-7 cm tall and spreads to an average of 15 cm. The succulent’s stem is short, but it spreads through branching. The stem color is greyish-brown, and sometimes it may have aerial roots.

Its leaves are tubular with a lance shape, only that the lance shape is inverted so that the narrower part is towards the branch. The leaf’s margin is slightly wavy, and it is horny.

Their primary color is grey-green, which may be blue depending on the plant’s environment. They are smooth and mottled, with significant purple markings on the upper side of the leaf. 

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Adromischus Cooperi Plant Care

Watering Adromischus Cooperi is easy. You need to water it the way you water other succulents. The soil should be moist but not soaked. The soak-and-dry method is the best approach. Reduce watering in winter, but you can give it a little water to drink if you notice it fading. Avoid watering in winter, its dormancy period. 

The soil should be well draining but have almost no organic matter, as too much of it can cause it to rot from the base. Also, spent inflorescent can spread rot to the leaves, so you should carefully remove it as soon as the flower is spent, but you must remove them before winter. 

It grows best under bright light, whether direct or indirect. Fertilizer should be well balanced but with a higher phosphorus content to enhance the growth of leaves, but you don’t have to use it. 

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Adromischus Cooperi Growth

You can propagate this plant through stem or leaf cuttings by following our guide on propagating succulents by stems. The succulent branches prolifically, and these branches can provide cuttings to put into daughter plants. 

Seeds are also an option but rarely used. Repot once every two years and trim if it overgrows. Please protect it from mealybugs and scale insects using systemic organic pesticides. Keeping the plant healthy is excellent protection from pests.

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