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George Theodoris

Introducing the Artisan- John Chwekun

Introducing the Artisan- John Chwekun

John Chwekun one of our featured Plant Artisans. John is an artist from Southern California whose medium is ceramics, mixed media and lest we forget -plants! Lets take a look at some of his creations.  Haworthia truncata x comptoniana This is the most impressive truncata hybrid I can remember seeing. And I've seen many. Anyone working with truncata hybrids knows that in such hybrids the nice leaf markings of the parental plants usually get lost or muddied and you end up with drab etiolated-looking plants. By crossing together carefully selected choice plants John has created a plant which has a unique flattened wide-leaf phenotype...

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George Theodoris

Introducing Artisan Plants

Introducing Artisan Plants

  Plants nourish our bodies and their splendor nurtures our spirit. Plants take forms that suggest works of art, and their grandeur reaches into the soul and captivates people like a beautiful Picasso. The concept of Artisan Plants is to foster appreciation of plants as works of art and to promote and nurture artists whose medium is plants. Like many things, there are mass-produced forms and more high-value artisanal creations which require more care, attention to detail and craftsmanship to produce. Artisan Plants will be a collective for plant artisans to showcase and sell their handiworks - a place where methodical plant...

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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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