Haworthia Scarlet Begonias hybrid series PP316 #E2
Description: My Scarlet Begonias hybrids are splendens x picta hybrids. I have made several different versions of these hybrids over the years. PP316 is a cross of one of my PP72 hybrids to a variegated picta. Only a small % the PP316 seedlings show any variegation and these I am saving for the time being to use in crosses. The ones listed in the current sale appear non-variegated, although I suppose there is the chance that might change. And FWIW, interestingly, none of the variegated ones, at least to me, are as pretty as the non-variegated in terms of coloration and leaf spotting. And the variegated siblings are unhappy in the amount of sun required to bring out the nice Scarlet Begonias colors (aside: on social media you will sometimes see dramatic red variegated Haworthia but in reality variegated haworthia are very unhappy with that level of sun and will not last long under those conditions).
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.