I am a succulent collector situated in Mpumalanga, South Africa.
I’ve had a keen interest in plants all my life and started growing bonsai from seed at a very young age. At age of around 18 I lost my entire bonsai collection due to a family move to a very cold climate and also starting my studies and career in the city thereafter.
Some years later, after settling into my own home and career, I ordered a bunch of Euphorbia and two Haworthia truncata from a local succulent supplier and put up two wooden shelves against a wall outside my house to keep them on. I struggled to keep the plants alive due to inexperience. Regular rain and too much sun were the main culprits.
I later moved to a larger property and the remaining few plants were planted directly in my garden. Those that survived have become nice big plants.
However the interest was not waning yet, and I soon had a bunch of succulents and cacti in pots on some metal stands under large trees in my property. Finding some succulent hobby groups on Facebook triggered these acquisitions. By this time I developed a very keen interest in Crassula and acquired as many Crassula species as I could get my hands on. My succulents actually did quite well in these shady conditions, but I regularly lost plants during rainy stretches, e.g. I started to believe that growing a plant like lithops is very difficult…
The interest in Haworthia picked up again with the purchase of two good-looking fat Haworthia retusa var geraldii from Gariep Nursery in Pretoria, South Africa. They were so beautiful and I kept taking photos of them. Soon all I could think about was Haworthia and I became a total addict. I read any information I could find and asked a lot of questions from experienced collectors.
Later, during some improvements to my residence, I used the opportunity of a contractor on my property to erect my dream green house with the right amount of shade and some proper shelving. I suddenly had ideal conditions for growing succulents and loads of space and open shelves. Any fellow collector will know what happens when you have empty shelves, you fill them! This is when the hobby became really serious.
At first I acquired many different Haworthia species, mostly young seedlings, from many different sources. At one point I found Gerhard Marx’s website and started reading about hybridising Haworthia and the amazing Haworthia hybrids he created. Not long after I started hand pollination of some of my own plants. I also started investing in a few very good plants and hybrids to use in my own work. Getting my first seedpods and successful germination of my own hybrid seeds were major milestones.
I also acquired quite a lot of seeds as a more affordable way to acquire some top genetics for further hybridising.
I’ve paid lots of school fees, made lots of mistakes, and learnt many lessons throughout this process. I am fortunate to live in a climate very suitable for growing succulents (as long as protected from natural rain). Winters (I only get light frost a few times a year) and summers are mild opposed to some extremes on both sides within a 100km radius of my location.
I now have hundreds of my own haworthia seedlings in different stages of development. One needs a lot of patience, but I find very few things as rewarding than checking up on the development of ones own seedlings. It can let you forget about all other problems for a little while…
My succulent collection today consists mainly of Haworthia (and Haworthiopsis and Tulista of course) species and hybrids but also Crassula, Lithops, Aloe, Euphorbia, Astrophytum and a few others.
The purpose of this website is to share some information and photos of plants, and to sell some of my excess seeds from time to time (to fund the purchase of new plants of course, the wish list is not getting shorter, just more specialised haha).
Please also join my Facebook group for more photos and updates.
Hope you enjoy the site and I welcome any feedback.