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Cooper's ice plant

Delosperma cooperi

'Cooper's ice plant' is a plant in the Delosperma genus with a scientific name of Delosperma cooperi.

Creeping, procumbent, drought tolerant succulent perennial or subshrub with prostrate, free branching habit. Soft-fleshy, sub-cylindrical green foliage to 2" long. Beautiful accent for rock gardens or any landscaping. Makes a good ground cover. Brilliant, shiny rosy-purple flowers, to 2" across, with white anthers, bloom all summer long.

Blooms have an average diameter of 5.0 cm (1.95 inches imperial). It is a flowering succulent / ornamental and is treated mainly as a perennial, so it grows best over a period of time (3 years and greater). Normally growing to a mature height of 12.0 cm (4.68 inches), Cooper's ice plant grows with a ground covering habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

South Africa is believed to be where Cooper's ice plant originates from.

Cooper's ice plant is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Cooper's ice plant

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Delosperma requires a well drained, gravelly soil. Do not plant in areas where drainage is poor or soil is consistently moist. Delopserma thrives in dry, humid conditions in full sun. The secret to growing the best perennials and shrubs starts with good soil preparation. To insure success, plants must have good drainage, adequate nutrients, and available water at all times. Organic matter such as peat moss, compost or aged manure will help improve drainage of heavy clay and help sandy soil hold moisture longer. Plant 12-18 inches apart.

In the growing season, water moderately, applying fertilizer every 3 weeks; keep dry at other times. Outdoors, grow in sharply drained soil in a sheltered site in full sun.

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water very sparingly. Use Zone 8 - Zone 10 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Ideally plant in sandy soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.5 and 6.5 as Cooper's ice plant likes to be in weakly acidic soil. Keep in mind when planting that Cooper's ice plant is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

Growing Cooper's ice plant from seed

Sow seed at 70°F (21°C), or take stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Under glass, grow in standard cactus potting mix in full light, with good but draft-free ventilation.

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings; allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Transplanting Cooper's ice plant

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Cooper's ice plant is a hardy plant.

Companion plants for Cooper's ice plant

These plants have been known to grow well alongside Cooper's ice plant so consider planting:

Repellent plants for Cooper's ice plant

These plants will not grow well with Cooper's ice plant so avoid planting these within close proximity:

Common Cooper's ice plant problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Cooper's ice plant plants:

Vulnerable to mealybugs and aphids.

Cooper's ice plant Etymology

The species was named for the English botanist & bold plant explorer Thomas Cooper, who studied & collected plants in the mid to late 1800s in Zulu territory & in the Drakensberg Mountains, eastern South Africa. Other South African plants that bare his name include Aloe cooperi, Cyathea cooperi, Haworthia cooperi, Ledebouria cooperi & so on.

Other names for Cooper's ice plant

Hardy ice plant, Trailing ice plant, Pink Carpet

Aizoaceae, Delospermum cooperi, Delospermum cooperii

Cooper's ice plant care instructions

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