Monday, August 18, 2008

Haworthia fasciata Baby





I bought this little Haworthia fasciata succulent last Spring, and it has constantly sent out little shoots of long tubular striped flowers, never being without a little bloom for long. The blooms are not very impressive in appearance but they are sure plentiful! About a month ago, a baby Haworthia started forming midway on one of these flowering offshoots and it has steadily grown to the size in the second picture.
I am not quite sure how to get the baby one, into it's own pot though. Most offshoots seem to come up right next to the mama plant, not in a shoot hanging in the air! I am tempted to just cut the "umbilical cord" and put the little guy in a pot and see what happens.

8 comments:

Donna said...

A friend of mine Loves cacti...Any kind. That's a Pretty one!

Peter said...

Go for it. Cut it off and put it in soil.

Aiyana said...

I've never seen this happen before! I have several Haworthia plants, and they do the usual offsetting. Recently a couple of them sent up spikes. I'm going to watch to see if they grow any little offshoots like yours.
Aiyana

Dee said...

Aiyana: I found this interesting information today when searching for propatgation info for Haworthia's. I do believe one of the flowering shoots got cut off accidentally- I'll bet thats why I have this mid-air baby! Here is the website I found it at

http://www.haworthia.info/

The propagation of Haworthias presents no problem. This can be achieved from offsets, seed, leaf cuttings, root cuttings (species with fleshy roots) and by cutting short the flower stems. (Cut them off at about 10 cm height when the first 1 - 2 flowers only have opened. As a rule the uppermost bract will form a new rosette which can then be removed and treated as an offset.)

Deborah godin said...

That's so sweet. I hope it grows!

MrBrownThumb said...

Dee,

When a new plant grows along the flower stem of orchids they're called a Keiki. I've seen it occur in daylilies too but never on a haworthia. Anyway you can get it off the stem by placing the "pup" in or touching soil without cutting it off. Soon it should develop its own root system and you can either snip off the plant or just let the stem die completely.

Dee said...

I did finally get the baby into it's own pot yesterday- but I didn't cut the shoot off. I took Mr Brown Thumbs advice and set it in the dirt of another pot, still attached to mom. I will be so pleased if it grows roots and does well!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I came across your website, my Haworthia ( I just learned the name of it today) has sent up a long shoot over two feet and curly with the small white flowers. A branch started off the shoot and now in the "Y" of the branch is a small baby plant! I have had this plant for 3 years and this is the first year it has done this-how exciting- I may eventually try to pot it like you did,leaving it on the stem.