Haworthia marxii hybrid series PP398, 1 seedling
Description: Haworthia marxii is a very interesting and beautiful species with a dark purplish coloration, unique leaf shape and cross hatched window lines similar to comptoniana. Unfortunately, it’s one of the most temperamental haworthia species to grow: very slow growing and temperamental. Fortunately, this is not true of marxii hybrids. They display hybrid vigor and express many of the interesting marxii traits. Unlike pure marxii seedlings which are ridiculously slow and fussy, the hybrids are more robust and faster growing. The marxii influenced color tones of the hybrids are very distinctive in appearance and stand out from other plants in the greenhouse. PP398 is a cross of H. marxii and a stunning John Chwekun truncata x comptoniana hybrid. The goal was to combine marxii traits and unique wide leaf shapes. They should develop into very interesting plants.
Prickly Pete breeding program:
I have been hybridizing Haworthia for close to 25 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.