Nov 13, 2009
Rancho Tissue Debuts Four New VarietiesSource: Pen & Petal

Rancho Tissue Technologies, one of the largest tissue culture producers in the world and the largest producer of tissue-cultured succulents in the United States, recently announced four standout new varieties, two aloe hybrids and two agaves.

New from Rancho’s breeding program are two Aloe hybrids, ‘Christmas Carol’ PPAF and ‘Sunset’ PPAF, and two Agaves, A. hybrid ‘Blue Emperor’ and A. parrasana ‘Globe’ (pictured at left). All four are hardy to Zones 8 to 11.

“From our own in-house breeding, we’ve carefully selected each of these for their unique characteristics and striking colors,” says Heather May, founder and owner. “Like all RTT varieties, they’re produced from tissue culture for outstanding consistency and uniformity.”

Aloe hybrid ‘Christmas Carol’ PPAF is a small, colorful plant trimmed in bright red with deep green leaves speckled with vibrant dark red spots along the centers. It’s best for 4- to 6-inch pots indoors or outdoors.

Aloe hybrid ‘Sunset’ PPAF comes from breeder Kelly Griffin, boasting bright red leaf margins that offset deep green foliage. Perfect for indoor pot use or outside containers, plants grow to about a foot tall.

Agave hybrid ‘Blue Emperor’ features blue foliage with black tips and is very water wise. Cold hardy to freezing as well as heat loving, it thrives in full sun. ‘Blue Emperor’ grows 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Agave parrasana ‘Globe’ is incredibly water wise and cold hardy, with beautiful blue color and striking foliage shape. ‘Globe’ prefers full sun and grows to about 2 feet tall, perfect potted or in the landscape.

For more information, call (858) 756-6785 or visit Rancho Tissue Technologies’ website.

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