Haworthia "Cersei" PP33 hybrid series TC plantlet possible 4N
Description: Haworthia "Cersei". This is one of my favorites! This hybrid series was a cross of my Pink Floyd hybrid to a early badia x truncata hybrid I made. Many stunning plants came out of this cross. One of the siblings of this plant is H. hakuja which was tissue cultured by the Huntington Botanical gardens and offered in the ISI (International Succulent Introductions) program a few years ago.
H. Cersei is very compact with re-curved leaves and very intense window spotting and coloration. In an effort to increase the size of the resulting plants, I treated the TC material with techniques to increase ploidy. This is a complex topic I will deal with in a future blog post. Long story short, if you double the genome of plants the resulting plants are larger and often more interesting. Based on the appearance of the plantlets, I suspect that the treatment worked, but it is too soon to say for certain. Time will tell. However, one negative consequence of genome doubling is that the resulting plants may not be fertile when crossed to normal plants.
The mother plant (NOT FOR SALE) is shown in figures 1 and 2, the well rooted and established plantlets offered for sale are in the remaining figures. The plantlets are varying sizes as can been see from the pictures. 1 very large plantlet and 3 medium ones are also available for a higher price, message us if interested. For more information about plant tissue culture please check out our new blog
Prickly Pete breeding program:
I have been hybridizing Haworthia for nearly 20 years. Most of my hybrids are multigenerational 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 entre window opaque. I strive for obtaining reds, pink, purple, orange, dusky gray-blue and more recently phosphorescent green.
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.