Haworthia Jerry Barad x arachnoidea hybrid series PP335, 6 siblings
Description: These hybrids have a long story. The late Jerry Barad was a longtime succulent enthusiast who had a regular featured column in the CSSA journal. He had a infectious enthusiasm for succulents and his columns were always fun to read. Early on he created a superb hybrid by crossing a select maughanii and select arachnoidea. H. maughanii contributed a flat fat leaved effect and the spines of arachnoidea were expressed as larger pointy bumps. Others have tried to do the same cross but none that I have seen are as nice as his original hybrid. A few years ago I was visiting Bud 'n Ev's nursery and they had one propagated from the original plant. Evie lent me the plant and I have used it in several crosses. I am now happy to offer plants with the DNA of the original Jerry Barad hybrid. The PP335 hybrid series is different from the PP337 hybrid series I have been listing. In the PP335 cross I crossed the Jerry Barad hybrid with a select very spiny arachnoidea in our collection. The goal of this cross is to create interesting variations on the arachnoidea spiny leaf trait. These hybrids are truly arachnid looking! I had a bit of trouble getting everything in focus in the pictures but they are exquisitely spiny.
Prickly Pete breeding program:
I have been hybridizing Haworthia for 20 years. Most of my hybrids are multi-generational complex hybrids created from carefully selected parental stock. I breed to intensify and combine leaf and window coloration, leaf texture and leaf shape traits.
Leaf coloration is influenced by the interaction of the pigmentation of the leaf and the coloration and the windows. The windows can be clear or can have spots which vary in size. In hybrids the spotting often turns the entire window opaque. I strive for obtaining reds, pink, purple, orange, phosphorescent green and iridescent blue.
Leaf texture can be smooth or bumpy or bristly. In some of my hybrids I get red colored spines and bumps.
Haworthia can have many variations in leaf shape. I use plants like truncata in my breeding to introduce variations in leaf shape.
In 2005 I started numbering my crosses to keep track of them. So my numbers are labeled as PP#. For each PP cross there will be multiple siblings, all genetically unique individuals that will express slightly different traits. Therefore you will be obtaining a one-of-a-kind plant that no one else has. I hope you take good care of it. The seedlings will change as the age and pigmentation will usually intensify over time.