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Gasteria

Features

The gasteria is a succulent plant with a characteristic appearance, with succulent leaves that have streaks of different 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, gathered in such a way as to form a central rosette. The leaves and their arrangement can vary from species to species, while maintaining some common general characteristics unaltered. Succulents hardly produce flowers, especially if grown outside their natural environment: gasteria is an exception, producing numerous flowers that can be of different colors, from red to white, depending on the variety cultivated. The flowers grow on long stems, collected in inflorescences.

Cultivation


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 sunlight, which could burn the leaves. The gasteriarather it requires an arrangement in a shady place, while in winter it can be kept indoors, at home, away from excessive cold: the gasteria will not even suffer from the absence of a particularly humid environment and will be able to adapt to the climate of the domestic environment. Even watering should not be excessive, especially in the winter period: several days may pass between one and the other and the soil must, in the meantime, become completely dry. In the same way, the soil must also be well draining and reproduce, as far as possible, the rocky surfaces on which the plant grows spontaneously.

Gasteria: Reproduction


The reproduction of the gasteria is extremely simple, because the plant tends to reproduce new specimens in a natural way: from the roots further seedlings develop, which can simply be separated from the mother plant and grown in a separate pot, leaving them sufficient space to allow the roots to develop and grow. In areas with mild winters, gasterias can also be grown directly in the ground, outdoors, better if sheltered from drafts. With more time available to see the seedling emerge and grow gradually, the seeds can be planted directly in the ground, while the cutting is also a very effective system: it will be sufficient to take a leaf and plant it in the ground and it will not have too much difficulty in rooting. ,

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