De Wet Plant Breeders

Welcome to the internationally recognised, independent creators of numerous game changing cultivars from many popular genera.

De Wet Plant Breeders

De Wet Breeders specializes in developing new ornamental plant varieties for the retail and landscape industries worldwide. Applying scientific breeding methods on approximately 20 Southern African genera like Agapanthus, Aloes, and other, the aim is to create mainly heat and drought resistant cultivars.
De Wet Plant Breeders has a proven track record in South Africa where it has released numerous popular plant varieties such as Aloe ‘Hedgehog’, Aloe ‘Peri-Peri’, Aloe ‘Charles’, Aloe ‘Tiger Eye’ and Agapanthus ‘Fireworks’, Agapanthus ‘Twister’, and Agapanthus ‘Bingo Blue’.
De Wet Plant Breeders won the BEST NEW PLANT OF THE YEAR at the international CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW in the UK in 2023 with Agapanthus ‘Blackjack’. We have also won many other prestigious awards worldwide and our cultivars have become well known and popular internationally.

Andy & Quinton

Andy De Wet obtained a masters degree in botany in 1980 but had already began pursuing his keen interest in plant breeding.To date Andy has over 50 years experience in plant development and selection. Andy’s experience and vast collection of variable and high quality early selections form the basis of the De Wet Plant Breeders improvement activities.

Quinton Bean is a respected and knowledgeable horticulturist who joined De Wet Plant Breeders in 2005 and has made a considerable contribution in a short space of time.Quinton also has over 20 years experience in plant development and selection. His keen interest has led to the development of new directions in plant breeding programs, especially with the Agapanthus  

De Wet Aloes

Aloes have largely been overlooked, yet they have enormous potential as garden plants. Their ability to withstand dry conditions, appealing foliage and amazing diverse floral displays makes them exceptionally suitable in the modern horticultural scene that is always looking for something new. The original species are adapted to specific field conditions and are often not suitable as garden plants. The work De Wet has put into the improvement of the genus has resulted in the emergence of complex but amazing hybrids.

Aloe Hedgehog was the pioneer of releases in South Africa and the most successful aloe so far. It has become a household name among local nurserymen and keen gardeners. The follow-ups, such as Aloe, SAFARI SUNRISE, PERI-PERI, CHARLES, LEMONADE, TIGER EYE, etc., are also fast becoming popular, with many more, very exciting new plants in the pipeline.

These new Aloes produced by De Wet Plant Breeders are selected from many calculated combinations for appealing appearance and suitability to general gardening conditions.They are drought resistant but are also well suited to irrigated landscape situations. The flowers of all aloes remain tender, but De Wet’s plants have been chosen for their cold tolerance and many of De Wet’s new varieties flower outside of the cold seasons.

The De Wet aloe hybrids all have the wildlife benefits of conventional aloes, sustaining bees, butterflies and attracting nectar-feeding birds to your garden. All the Aloe hybrids and selections have been through strict trial and selection procedures for several years before their release or imminent release to prove their superior qualities. Having seen these varieties you can be safely assured that these are premium products. These Aloe hybrids and selections are more spectacular and flower much more profusely than species, and they have more vigor and are generally much easier to grow