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Ox Tongue

English Name

Gasteria

Scientific Name

Description

Gasteria is a succulent plant highly regarded for both the effect of the leaves and the small attractive flowers.

South Africa

Origin

Liliaceae

Family

41°F - 90°F

Temperature (°F)

6" - 8"

Height (feet/inches)

Perennial

Life Cycle

Spring & Summer

Seasons

None

Fragrance

Watering

Water moderately in Summer, give enough at each watering to make potting mixture moist, but allow the top half-inch of mixture to dry out before watering again. In Winter water sparingly allow mixture to dry out completely.

Feeding

Use high potash fertilizer 3 or 4 times in Summer months.

Repotting

Re-pot every Spring in size larger pot using 1 part coarse sand or perlite to 3 parts of standard soil-based mixture. A pot of 6-8 inches should be the biggest required. Keep dry for 2 weeks after re-potting.

Propagation

The best time to propagate Gasterias is during the Summer months by means of offsets which are easy to separate from the parent plant. If an offset has roots already formed, plant it in the recommended potting mixture. If the offset is rootless, leave it in the air to dry for 2-3 days before planting it. Gasterias can also be raised from seed.

Cultivation

Gasterias make ideal house-plants because they thrive in the warm, dry air. They flourish in shade rather than bright light. They should never be exposed to direct sunlight, particularly in Summer. The Summer sun will turn the leaves brownish.

Care

During the active growth period place Gasterias in normal room temperature. During the Winter rest period, keep the plants in a cool position.



Did you know?

Most plant cells look like little boxes full of green disks. The disks are called chloroplasts. Other organelles inside a plant cell include a nucleus (where the DNA is kept), a large central vacuole (where water and other materials are stored) and a complex internal skeleton or cytoskeleton made of various proteins.