ISI 2016-13. Haworthia ‘Hakuja’ R. Wong

Japan has been home to some of the most intensive collecting, hybridization and selection of various groups of succulents including haworthias. The results have gradually trickled into the US, slowed by the glacial growth rate of some of these, their difficulty of propagation and the corresponding prices they demand. Hybridization and selection efforts in the US, and the advent of tissue culture protocols for Haworthia have begun to remedy this situation. Among the US hybridizers is George Theodoris of northern California, whose article about his work appeared in the September-October, 2011 issue of the Cactus and Succulent Journal. The plant offered here is the first of George’s hybrids to be offered by the ISI. It is a complex hybrid in George’s words: ((H. splendens (pretty face) × H. emelyae (south of Oudtshoorn)) × (H. splendens (west of Albertinia) × Japanese hybrid) × (H. splendens (west of Albertinia) × Japanese hybrid). In other words, it has a splendid pedigree. It was selected from a batch of seedlings by Renny Wong, another noted Haworthia hybridizer, who, according to George has “a keen eye for selection”. Propagating by the somewhat laborious leaf cutting method, Renny has been able to offer on her website, a few specimens of this clone under the name ‘Hakuja’ (“white snake” in Japanese). That then is the name used here for this offering of tissue-cultured plants of HBG 126028, GT 43. $15.

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Published in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, Vol. 88 (3), May-June, 2016