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Gasteria


A couple of Gasterias and a Gasteraloe in my collection


     Found in South Africa, Gasteria is a genus of about 20 species of succulents related to Aloes and Haworthias. They form clumping rosettes of thick succulent leaves that sometimes form opposite one another and sometimes spiral. The leaves are often marked with spots, stripes or bumps and some turn a reddish brown in strong light. In spring and summer a flower stalk is produced bearing Aloe like flowers with a fat bulge in the middle. In fact Gasteria is Greek for "Stomach", which the flowers resemble. Many cultivars and hybrids are available.
     Gasterias are easy to grow in any good cacti and succulent mix. They can be watered regularly in summer but watering should be reduced in winter. They are tolerant of low light but should be grown in as high a light as possible for good growth and color. They are also fairly cold hardy. Gasterias can be easily propagated from seeds, offsets or leaf cuttings.

I have several varieties of Gasterias
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Gasteria
"Little Warty"

Gasteria
carinata var. verrucosa

Gasteria
carinata var. carinata

Gasteria bicolor
var. liliputana

Gasteria
ellaphieae

Gasteria
armstrongii

Gasteria
carinata var. retusa

Gasteria
batesiana

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