Gasteria Information: Tips For Growing Gasteria Succulents
Gasteria Info: Tips For Growing Gasteria Succulents
The following are some tips for growing gasterias succulents. These tips will help you grow your gasterias succulent plants successfully. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below!
1) Choose a location with good drainage.
2) Use a soil mix that contains lots of organic matter.
Organic matter helps to retain moisture better than inorganic material such as sand, clay, gravel or pebbles.
3) Water your gasteria succulent plants regularly.
4) Provide plenty of light and air circulation around your gasteria succulent plants so they don’t get too hot or cold.
5) Keep your gasteria succulent plants away from strong sunlight.
They need to remain dormant during the winter months. You can keep them out of direct sun as much as possible during the day time.
6) Do not over water your gasteria succulent plants.
Too much water can cause root rot and death of your plant(s).
7) Avoid overwatering your gasteria succulent plants.
Ideally the soil mix should be moist, but not soggy.
8) Take cuttings and replant them to start a new gasteria succulent plant.
This is a good way to increase your collection.
9) Prune your gasteria succulent plant back in late winter or early spring before growth starts.
10) Repot your gasteria succulent plant during the spring and summer seasons every 2-3 years.
11) Fertilize your gasteria succulent with either a weak liquid fertilizer, or top dress it with compost. Do this during the spring and summer seasons.
12) Protect your gasteria succulent from extreme heat, cold and any other harsh weather conditions.
13) Check your gasteria succulent for any signs of infestation such as mealy bugs, scale insects or fungal diseases.
14) Avoid drastic changes in temperature. This can cause your gasteria succulent to fall ill or die.
15) Do not put your gasteria succulent in the refrigerator or any other areas with freezing temperatures. This will kill it.
16) Avoid placing your gasteria succulent in direct sunlight especially during the hotter months of the year. The sun can burn and damage its leaves and body.
17) Do not over fertilize your gasteria succulent plants. This can cause toxic salts to build up and burn the roots of your plant.
18) Never water your gasteria succulent with cold water. This can damage the cells that transport water throughout the plant.
19) It is not necessary to deadhead your gasteria succulent plants. The gasteria plant does not produce seed and does not spread by it’s roots. That means no new gasteria plants will sprout in your garden!
20) Be mindful of the texture, shape and color of your gasteria succulent plants.
Are they delicate and fine, bold and dramatic, uniform in color or multi-toned?
Whatever your preference, there is a gasteria plant for you!
21) Succulents are very trendy right now. They make a great gift for any occasion whether it’s for a wedding, housewarming party, baby shower or just a friendly get-together.If you follow these tips, your gasteria succulent plants should thrive and be healthy. I have also included some useful links for your convenience:
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Sources & references used in this article:
Adventures with WILD GASTERIAS by EJ Van Jaarsveld, E Ward-Hilhorst – 1994 – Fernwood Press in association with …
The use of genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) to show transmission of recombinant chromosomes by a partially fertile bigeneric hybrid, Gasteria lutzii× Aloe aristata … by A Laius, AV Bon – 2016 – JSTOR
Gasteria plant named ‘AMIAL1622’ by FB BRECKENRIDGE – Cactus and Succulent Journal, 2005 – BioOne