Gasteria – succulent with beautiful leaves

Gasteria – succulent with beautiful leaves
Gasteria – succulent with beautiful leaves
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Gasteria is an interesting succulent that grows very well indoors. Its fleshy petals are very interesting and in most varieties they are patterned with different light lines and shapes.

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The homeland of gasteria is South Africa. There are about 80 species of gasteria, each of which is very interesting. The leaves of some species reach 15 cm in length, which is why they call gasteria "ox tongue", writes cvetq.info.

Gasteria usually blooms in March and April.

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Location and Light

Like most succulents, gasteria prefers well-lit places. Direct sunlight reflects very well on it. It is important to be careful in the summer, however, when the sunshine is too strong. Then the plant should be placed in semi-shade because its leaves may burn.

Watering and humidity

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The gasterium soil should always be moist. It is watered often, but not abundantly, so as not to get waterlogged. Good drainage is required. In summer, the leaves are sprayed to increase the air humidity. In winter, watering is almost stopped.

Soil

The soil for the gasteria should contain loose, nourished garden soil, leaf and sand, which provides good drainage. It is fertilized with ready mixes for cacti from spring to autumn in about a month.

Temperature

Loves high temperatures. In winter, it should not be placed near heating devices to prevent it from drying out, but it should also not be kept very cold. The degrees in the room should not fall below 12.

Propagation

Propagation is easiest by cuttings that are taken out and rooted directly in the new soil mixture.

Propagation by seeds takes longer to germinate - about 2 months. Young plants take root easily. In the beginning, they are watered less often with very little water until they take root completely. Then the watering is increased.

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