Monday, August 31, 2009

Lithops optica ssp. rubra

OK, so I said I'd get back to more images of Haworthias. I will; I really will. But I just couldn't resist posting this closeup photo of a Lithops seedling...Lithops optica ssp. rubra. Years ago we bought a bunch of these in California and on the way home in our trusty old VW camper we decided to camp out in central Oregon, which is high desert country. When we came back from a long hike we found all the "rubras" had been eaten by chipmunks. Mind you, none of the other Lithops...just the optica rubras! That's a true story. And one more reason we like these critters so much...the Lithops, that is.

And yes, we still like chipmunks. They're cute little critters too.

Overheard at the State Fair

Overheard while walking through the sheep exhibit area at the Oregon State Fair:

"It looks to me like they shave these animals..."

No comment.

I'll be back tonight or tomorrow with some more Haworthias!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Haworthia magnifica var splendens GM452

I have a few moments before heading off to the fair so -- another photo. This time it's one of the more valuable plants we have: Haworthia magnifica var. splendens. These are seed grown plants (GM452) and they aren't for sale yet.

As they reach maturity they develop a beautiful patina - a kind of porcelain glaze - on the leaf surface which is just amazing.

These plants were so much in demand that it had the potential of placing habitat at risk. However, with the increasing availability of seed grown plants (in this case with seed collected on site), the values have come down from many hundreds of dollars per plant to still expensive but less so, reducing the incentive to collect the plants from the wild.

Off to the Fair

I'll try to post on the next couple of days but I may not have time. I'll be attending the horse show and other stuff at the Oregon State Fair and will probably be a bit tired by the time I get home.

But, you needed a break from all these Haworthias anyway, didn't you?

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The answer to "How do I get my cactus to flower?"

OK, it's time for an intermission from all the Haworthias.

This is a Copiapoa laui which hasn't yet established any roots. And you were asking how to get them to flower?

Haworthia turgida var. suberecta

Today's Haworthia is Haworthia turgida var. suberecta. This is a highly variable species but this is one of my favorites.

And this closeup shows why the magnifying glass is always handy:


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Haworthia nigra

Continuing with haworthias: Some haworthias grow flat to the ground, exposing only their upper surface, while others form lovely hard-bodied clumps like this Haworthia nigra. Oringinally described as an Astroloba, H. nigra can be quite variable in color and form and are fairly easy to grow and reproduce as it is usually slowly proliferous or stoloniferous. Beautiful plants.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Haworthia koelmaniorum

The leaf surface of an Haworthia may be smooth and shiny or it may rough and bumpy. H. koelmaniorum is certainly an example of the latter. In our experience it's slow growing and reticent to develop offsets. Therefore it's not that available through nurseries, including our own (though we do have a couple available currently).
As with fans of Lithops, those of us who enjoy Haworthias will often be seen with a magnifying glass admiring the intricacies of their form.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Haworthia mutica var. nigra

Today's Haworthia is another stocky plant which has a nice dark green color and makes a very impressive display: Haworthia mutica var. nigra.

And a closeup:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Haworthia lockwoodii

Today's Haworthia is very different than yesterday's. H. lockwoodii grows in very dry areas and the tips normally dry back. In extreme drought, the whitened leaf ends close around the plant.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Haworthias Galore

And today I'll begin a series of Haworthia images. All of the following posts are from our collection of seed grown data plants. The first is Haworthia bayeri (EA937), seeds from Uniondale:

The markings on these plants are quite distinctive from plant to plant. Exquisite.

Rebutia and Copiapoa flowers

Since my last post was a "medley" of Echinopsis flowers, I couldn't resist another grouping. Sometimes I'm just wandering the greenhouses and a certain combination just strikes out at me. This is one of those cases. I couldn't have planned it better myself.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Echinopsis medley

Today was one of those days when they all come together. Three Echinopsis hybrids decided to flower all at once: Paramount Rose, Stars & Stripes and Buttercup.