FAQ

What is Artisan Plants? Artisan Plants was founded in 2017 by George Theodoris (Pricklypete) and Rohit Singal. We started Artisan Plants as a cooperative and marketplace for artists whose medium is plants. We sell our own plants at Artisan Plants, and are are joined by Artisan growers John Chwekun and Zhong Li Huang and Summer Gao.
 
How do you ship plants? Plants are shipped bare root. We have combined shipping (one charge for multiple plant orders). For multiple checked out orders, we do have a shipping method, where on additional order user can choose that and not have to pay additional fees. Domestic US shipments are by USPS Priority Mail and overseas shipments are by USPS Express Mail. We ship plants all around the world and encourage phytosanitary certificates for overseas shipments, a service we offer. All our shipments come with tracking numbers in case packages are delayed or lost in the mail. Australia and New Zealand are a challenge because of their strict rules on plant and animal shipments due to negative environmental effects from introduced organisms. I have tried contacting plant import authorities there several times, but they have yet to return my messages.
 
Do you only sell plants other than Haworthia? We sell mostly Haworthia at the present time, but in the coming months will be expanding our offerings to include unique Gasteria hybrids, Euphorbia, Adromischus and Dioscorea. We are negotiating with growers of other plants including one-of-a-kind ultra fantastic orchid hybrids.   
 
I see inexpensive Haworthia at my local nursery; what makes yours so valuable? There are Haworthia varieties like cuspidata and cymbiformis that are very fast growing and easy to propagate.  These are great plants for beginners and novices. But these tend to be uniformly green and somewhat boring in aesthetic appearance. The more colorful and beautiful Haworthia are slower growing, make pups infrequently (if at all), are slower to propagate and require more care and nurturing. In general, the more highly pigmented a Haworthia is, the slower growing it is and the more care it requires. And thus the higher the cost to bring the plant to market. The seedlings we sell from our crosses are genetically unique individual siblings-no one else will have the same plant.
 
Why are more colorful Haworthia slower growing? No one knows for sure, but it’s likely that the plant may divert its energy and resources to produce the colorful pigments. And these beautiful pigments may act as sunscreen and decrease the overall rate of photosynthesis (how plants make their own food).    
 
What are windows? Windows are translucent areas on the leaf tips. They evolved independently in several plant families. They are one of the features that make haworthia unique and may be decorated with lines and spots.
 
Who is Pricklypete? George Theodoris started using his training in genetics to hybridize Haworthia around the turn of the century. His hybrids have been shipped around the world, and have been propagated and used by other growers. He had been called “Picasso with picta”. He is the breeder of the famous Hakuja hybrid propagated at the Huntington Botanical Garden.
 
Why make hybrids? In the right hands, hybridization is an art. Through careful crossbreeding, one can combine and amplify different traits. Our goal is to move Haworthia hybridization to the next level. We are proud to offer never before seen hybrid offerings to the Haworthia world, including our fantastic and very unique “Green Stripe” hybrids.
 
Your plants are so colorful, what is your secret? Proper light exposure (either from appropriate natural sunlight or from high quality grow lights) is essential to maintain the beautiful pigments of Haworthia. Although we are breeding varieties to maintain their pigments in shade, Haworthia will look better if given good quality sunlight, especially during the winter months. They should be protected from hot direct summer sun which can quickly burn them.     
 
Do Haworthia make good houseplants? How do you care for them? You can read our blogpost on growing Haworthia (https://artisanplants.com/blogs/news/haworthias-as-houseplants)