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Trying my hand at echevaria hybrids

As the weather cools down, two echevaria are blooming at the same time… Difractens and chroma.  Not that I really look forward to seeing to start any echevaria from seed but pollen laden flowers make my fingers twitch.



Last month was my birthday and my partner have me this nice ceramic planter. It took me a while to figure out what to put on it.

A month and a half ago I repotted my haworthia cymbiformis, and I had a number of offsets.

Yes, it was neglected and sad looking. My plan to let it clump was not going to plan as I obviously didn’t accommodate the needs of all those babies and the mother consumed a number of lower leaves to fuel them.

Upside was I had a ton of babies. Some offsets even we’re starting their own offsets.

A few had roots but a number of the tiny ones did not.

I decided to take a few overdue propagations of Crassula and graptosedums, and grabbed nine of those small offsets for the planter.

I neglected to get photos since I needed four hands for the project, and had an inquisitive feline helper to ward off, but it was crazy how many roots when the tiny offsets had grown in a month and a half.

The finished planter will settle under lights in the basement for a week or so before I take it to the office.  This haworthia offsets rapidly, so either the planter will fill nicely… Or the whole thing will end in disaster. But given I still have five babies left looking for homes, it will be a safe experiment.


What’s better after a stressful weak than retail therapy? I got quite a deal on this leaf propagated haworthia comptoniana from a Facebook sales group. I know I have several seedlings slowly growing, but this bargain can jump start my breeding group hopefully, and if nothing else may eventually become a guilt free test subject for coring and leaf propagation.

I scored this for only $5! Nicely timed after a brutal week.

April & Haworthia seedlings.

Small, unassuming haworthia blossoms.

The arrival of an actual spring means things are starting to wake up and bloom – including plants that are indoors, in the basement. I don’t know how they know, but several of my haworthias all started to send up flower spikes at the same time, which is a rare occurance.  They like to fire off randomly, and never overlap, so I haven’t really had a chance to try my hand at cross pollination… before now. (more…)