Some Haworthia

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Some Haworthia

Post Number:#1  Postby Spination » Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:43 am

Been working on collecting these for over a year now, here's a few favorites...
2016 08 14 Haworthia Harry Johnson X750.jpg
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2016 08 14 Haworthia Korizato X Kegani b Xcrop.jpg
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2016 08 14 Haworthia limifolia Var X750.jpg
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2016 08 14 Haworthia pumilla Variegated X750.jpg
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2016 08 15 Haworthia cooperi Truncata and friend X750.jpg
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2016 08 15 Haworthia Renny Hybrid.JPG
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2016 08 15 Haworthia retusa Grey Ghost X750.jpg
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2016 08 15 Haworthia truncata v Illumination Italy a.JPG
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2016 08 15 Haworthia truncata X750.jpg
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2016 08 15 Haworthia tub of various a X750.jpg
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#2  Postby Melt in the Sun » Mon Aug 15, 2016 12:40 pm

Very nice! In my limited experience, these are fun little plants that are a LOT tougher than they look.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#3  Postby Spination » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:00 pm

Thanks, and I agree. Also, such diversity within the genus! And, being small, one can do much more with less space. The main problem for me, is I seem to be more attracted to ones that also come with rather prohibitive price tags! Some I've seen are outrageously expensive and apparently highly sought after, hence their astronomical prices. Oh well...one here, another there, and hopefully in time I can make my own. D))
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#4  Postby Spination » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:34 pm

Looking forward to trying my hand with Haworthia pollination. One of the ISI H. 'Hakuja' started blooming almost immediately after it arrived, and after some recovery from the bare root ordeal, it's doing just fine.
2016 09 13 Haworthia Hakuja blooming b X750.jpg
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The best thing of all is I also have 2 candidates for cross pollination in similar stages of blooming.
A truncata which is going for seconds as far as blooming this year. Unfortunately, the first time around, there was nothing else interesting to cross it to.
2016 09 13 Haworthia truncata clear window Variegated blooming a X750.jpg
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And a hybrid - H. 'Harry Johnson' that has gone crazy putting up multiple blooms
2016 09 13 Haworthia Harry Johnson blooming X750.jpg
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Should be interesting doing a round robin pollination with these, and hopefully some resulting seed pods.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#5  Postby RCS » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:53 am

Haworthias are a favorite of mine. No stickers, not to large to handle and all kinds of shapes and growth habits. Most of mine are species with a few hybrids mixed in. Here are a couple of overall pics of the ones I have. Hard to make out the individuals but will have to take some close up pics later. Right now I'm busy getting ready for winter which can be right around the corner here.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#6  Postby Spination » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:12 am

Very nice! I see several large clumps and individual large rosettes in there in great condition indicating years of excellent care. :U They all look very happy. :))
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#7  Postby RCS » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:04 pm

Thanks Tom, You've got some great looking plants also. Mine are a bit green from fertilizer but they should start coloring up this winter. They don't stop growing even in winter for me. Haven't got brave enough to try the high Dollar ones yet, maybe next year. Some of the ones on that Rennys site are pretty impressive in looks and price. Your variegated one from Italy is a real knockout.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#8  Postby Spination » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:33 pm

Thank you too. I don't have very many yet, but I tend to limit my acquisitions according to my affinity to certain appealing features. I like windows, color, texture, variegation, and the truncata form is something that interests me a lot.

I know what you mean about the high dollar ones. It's my impression that Haworthia cultivars command the highest prices in general of any plants I've collected so far, which is pretty amazing when you also consider how small they are. I tried a few times to purchase variegated truncata, even hybrids, and got blown out of the water even at what I thought was a high limit of a couple hundred to get even one small plant. Honestly, I don't know how I lucked out on that Italian one, maybe because it was coming from Italy, and few were willing to bid? I had already bought and received from that seller, so I felt good about the risk factor that I would get a good, live plant to work with. That one was only $150, and I pretty much thought that was a steal compared to others I bid on but by a long shot flew beyond of my willingness to cough up really big bucks. My confidence growing them though is increasing so my willingness to splurge a little might increase in the future as well. My immediate goal is to keep it alive (6 months so far - so good), and get it to grow and eventually flower. What's terrific about them is that all you really need is one to start, and time and patience. If it becomes a big enough clump, offsets can be removed, leaves can be used to propagate more, and the cytoplasmic inheritance factor can be taken advantage of to produce seeds that will generate some % of variegated seedlings. A breeding program including back-crossing to variegated parents increases the success rate of achieving more variegates. Apparently, the Japanese experts have been doing this for a long time, and the tiny shreds of info out there are enough for me to work with to give it a go. Anyway, I'm guessing my time frame to get somewhere with them is about a half dozen years out, on the short side... :eek:
If I'm lucky again, maybe I'll be able to add another one or two over the next couple of years to improve my odds of successful pollination.

If I'm luckier yet, this plant below too will figure into the mix. Right now, I have no idea why it's even alive, much less still growing (it's twice as big as it was). I was pretty sure that no green meant no chance of survival, but that seems to be less true when it comes to Gasteria and Haworthia than for Aloes, etc. It's a propagate from a partially variegated leaf that died several months ago. If it's still alive next spring, it will be a real achievement! I'm keeping it on the dry side, as I already figured out these truncatas rot very easily. As long as the temps heat up during the day to dry the soil, I give it a quick spray almost daily only around the base of the plant...seems to be doing the trick for now.
2016 09 14 Haworthia truncata Variegated b.JPG
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At least I know I can actually grow them from seed.
Here's the results of my first such experiment started in January.
2016 09 14 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia _ H mutica v Nigra a X750.jpg
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These have been out of my "incubator" for a couple of months now - an upside down aquarium on a seedling heat mat to preserve humidity and maintain some level of sterile conditions. I think I got accelerated initial growth due to LED lighting. They're doing well now also exclusively with natural light.
2016 09 14 Haworthia mutica v Nigra _ 8 months.JPG
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2016 09 14 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia _ 8 months.JPG
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These are still in the "incubator", about 6 months old now, and showing promise as something with a so far interesting appearance to the leaves. Not sure how that's going to hold up or develop as they grow into rosettes.
2016 09 14 Haworthia picta v Janvlokii _ 6 months.JPG
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#9  Postby RCS » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:56 pm

I'm with you on that white one, Don't see how it's still alive and growing. Winter would be the challenge for it here. Your seedlings are doing great, hope you get some winners out of the bunch.
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Post Number:#10  Postby Spination » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:40 pm

It might be living off of reserves from the root system, but even that doesn't make any sense, because without photosynthesis, I don't believe that can work. If that were the case, I would expect subsistence for a limited time, but not further growth. My guesses are perhaps greatly reduced chlorophyll that still does some minimal job, and in line with that, perhaps chimera like structure, not unlike a Sansevieria which can appear without pigment on the surface, but has green tissue internally. I fully expected that plant to die, but it's proving me wrong... so far. :? Most definitely, the winter is going to be the real test/challenge. ::wink::
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#11  Postby Jkwinston » Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:19 am

Wow Tom! The collection is growing rapidly. I have only a few of these plants which came to me by accident. Still, it is nice to see someone succeeding in the way you are doing. Jkw
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#12  Postby Spination » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:01 pm

Seedlings doing quite well... Not bad for my first attempt growing Haworthia from seed.
2017 03 28 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia seedlings c X800.jpg
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2017 03 28 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia seedlings d.jpg
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2017 03 28 Haworthia mutica v Nigra c X800.jpg
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2017 03 28 Haworthia mutica v Nigra b.jpg
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The only thing not completely satisfying is that they were seeds I bought, not my own...

So, next step - make my own! Here were 3 last year blooming at the same time, which I crossed all to each other
2016 09 24 Haworthia blooming a X800.jpg
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Germination! not completely successful with all 3, but I'm happy to have germinated my own seeds for the first time. D)) Next, the satisfaction of watching how they'll turn out.
2017 03 28 H Harry Johnson center_H truncata right a X800.jpg
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#13  Postby Melt in the Sun » Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:58 pm

What happened to that white one a few posts up?
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#14  Postby Spination » Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:13 pm

It's in Haworthia Heaven... didn't make it through the winter - rotted away.
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Post Number:#15  Postby Melt in the Sun » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:26 pm

Bummer! Looking forward to seeing your seedlings grow though!
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#16  Postby Spination » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:49 pm

Thanks, Can't win 'em all though, right? ::wink::

However, I still have this one, and it's growing and looking great. Another year of growing it, and I'm going to try some leaf propagation with it. Not quite ready to chance it yet though...
2017 03 29 Haworthia truncata cv Illumination d.jpg
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Post Number:#17  Postby Melt in the Sun » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:57 am

that looks expensive!
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Post Number:#18  Postby Spination » Thu Mar 30, 2017 2:04 pm

Yeah, kind of was. I had tried and tried to get one of these similar truncata variegates and always got blown out of the water with prices going into the stratosphere. One time....I got lucky, and I think it's because the seller was from Italy, and maybe folks were reticent to invest in a high-priced plant and worry about confiscation (European sellers by and large do not provide Phytos). Anyway, that's my guess. I still paid a lot for it as a small plant, but I have no doubt it could have easily gone for 2-3 times as much if it was a US seller. As it was, it was over a hundred, but less than two. That's pretty much why I would very much like to propagate it. I think it's probably big enough to pull an outer leaf off already, but I think it would be better yet to wait until it's an even larger plant, and perhaps too by then it might create an offset or two on it's own anyway...

Next best long term plan is to cross it with another truncata when it finally flowers, take those seeds (from the variegated plant), grow them to size, and back-cross them to the variegated parent which to my understanding is how it's done - eventually producing seedlings with a decent % of variegates... years and years of work.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#19  Postby leo25 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:33 am

Amazing Haworthia truncata variegated. I want Haworthia Hakuja, pleaseee, who can help me to find one :)
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#20  Postby Spination » Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:06 pm

Thanks Leo. No offsets yet on my Hakuja. Unless you find it sooner yourself, I'll make sure one is set aside for you.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#21  Postby Spination » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:05 am

Looks like my second opportunity to make more Haworthia seeds is right on the horizon. Got seeds from my first attempt last year, and some germination too. I'm hoping to apply what I learned from that, and improve my results this 2nd time around.
2017 04 06 Haworthia Chocolata b X800.jpg
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2017 04 06 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia #1 a X800.jpg
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This particular plant has completely morphed it's appearance, and doesn't even resemble much what it looked like when I got it. Weird.
2017 04 06 Haworthia mirabilis v Badia #2 a X800.jpg
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2017 04 06 Haworthia truncata a X800.jpg
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I know there's no pics of flowers....but....if you've seen one Haworthia flower, you've seen them all. It's amazing how much variability there is among Haworthia, and how much the flowers are all essentially the same.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#22  Postby AgaveMad » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:36 pm

My Haworthia table
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#23  Postby Spination » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:46 pm

Nice, I love it! Very organized. Do you breed them too?
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#24  Postby AgaveMad » Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:55 pm

No, I have come to the realisation that no matter how much space I have I will fill it. So I am trying to be good, I haven't bought a plant this year or set any seeds. I need to have a serious sort out and reduce my collection some!
With the Haworthias I have planted what I have in oversized bowls and will allow the plants to offset and fill the bowls, I like clusters of plants.
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Re: Some Haworthia

Post Number:#25  Postby Agavemonger » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:09 pm

Very nice! :D

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