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George Theodoris

Why are artisan Haworthia valuable?

Why are artisan Haworthia valuable?

Why are artisan Haworthia valuable? There are faster growing inexpensive Haworthia commonly available in many plant stores. These are uniformly green plants and rapidly form pups. But the more beautiful Haworthia varieties and hybrids require nurturing - they are slower growing plants that tend to remain as solitary rosettes and cannot be propagated from pups. It usually takes these plants about 4 years to reach flowering size from seed, and with some varieties they can take up to 5 years to start showing their adult aesthetic traits. For this reason, they are more expensive than the more common green varieties....

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George Theodoris

What is and what isn't a Haworthia?

What is and what isn't a Haworthia?

In this blog post I will look at how DNA studies are changing how we think about what is and what isn't a Haworthia. The genus Haworthia has historically been subdivided into 3 groups: Genus Sub-genus Representative plants Haworthia Robustipedunculares  Haworthia Hexangulares Haworthia Haworthia   In this scheme of things both the soft leaved windowed haworthia and hard leaved Haworthia were both considered Haworthia. I always wondered about the validity of this grouping because, except for the flowers, the hard leaved Haworthia felt closer to gasteria to me. DNA studies can provide more concrete evidence of relatedness of organisms than morphological traits...

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George Theodoris

How to keep Lithops alive

How to keep Lithops alive

  Lithops are captivating weird plants that many people love. They are easy to raise from seed but harder to keep alive once they reach adulthood.Here are some guidelines for long term sucess based on our experience:Soil: Unlike Haworthia, Lithops won't do well planted in pure pumice.  They have fine roots that need to grow into a more fine substrate. I have had luck planting them in a gravely soil mix that is roughly 2 parts decomposed granite, 1 part loam soil, 1 part gravel (builders sand), and 1 part pumice. A mix of 2:1 mix of pumice and coir (coconut...

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