Friday, June 27, 2008
An Interesting Haworthia Hybrid
Haworthia is a large genus of succulents from South Africa. Some species in the genus are popular as window plants because of their looks and somewhat easy care. I don't normally collect Haworthia specimens, but I really liked the way this one looked. It is an interspecific hybrid of H. truncata and H. cuspidata. This specimen carries the characteristics of each species in several leaves; Cusidata means "pointed" and Truncata means "cut straight across". There is a mix of pointed and truncated leaves on it.
There are many hybrids and cultivars of Haworthia, and some collectors spend a lifetime crossing various species of this genus to develop new plants. Some even cross Haworthia, Gasteria and even Aloe. The collector I acquired this succulent from was an avid hybridizer.
I'm still trying to figure out a proper watering pattern for this Haworthia hybrid. If I wait for the soil to dry, the leaves deflate and look withered. If it is watered too much, it will lose its roots. It needs light shade to grow well in Phoenix. I think my patio, which faces north and has some western sun exposure in the late afternoon, provides too much light part of the day. If I continue to have problems with the leaves, I may just move it indoors where it will have consistent temperature and light.