Gasteria – Tips for my garden



Gasteria is a characteristic-looking succulent, with succulent leaves that have veins of varying shades of green, native to South Africa. About twenty different species of succulents belong to the gasteria, united by the presence of thick and elongated leaves, united in such a way as to form a central rosette. The leaves and their arrangement may vary from species to species, keeping some common general characteristics unchanged. Succulents produce few flowers, especially if they are grown outside their natural environment: the gasteria this is an exception, as it produces many flowers that can be of different colors, from red to white, depending on the variety grown. The flowers grow on long stalks, collected in inflorescences.


The appearance is not the only peculiarity of the gasteria which, unlike most succulents, does not require a lot of light and it is better to avoid direct exposure to the sun, which could burn the leaves. The gasteriait rather requires a layout in a shady place, while in winter it can be kept indoors, at home, sheltered from excessive cold: the gas chamber will not even suffer from the absence of an environment particularly humid and can adapt to the climate of the house. Even watering should not be excessive, especially in winter: several days may pass between one and the other, and in the meantime the soil must be completely dry. Likewise, the soil should also be well-drained and reproduce, as far as possible, the rocky surfaces on which the plant grows spontaneously.

Gasteria: Reproduction

Reproduction of gasteria is extremely simple, as the plant tends to reproduce new specimens naturally: more seedlings develop from the roots, which can simply be separated from the mother plant and grown in a separate pot, leaving them with enough space to grow. to develop and grow. In regions with mild winters, gasterias can also be grown directly in the ground, outdoors, better if they are protected from drafts. With more time available to see the seedling emerge and grow gradually, the seeds can be planted directly in the ground, while cuttings are also a very efficient system: just take a leaf and plant it in the ground and it won’t be too hard to root,

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