Origin: Gamtoos valley near Humansdorp, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Gasteria armstrongii is one of the most attractive Gasteria species. It has short, dark green oppositely arranged leaves. Compact and chunky plants, and is also good to use in hybridising. Formerly included as a variety of G. nitida but has been raised to species level by van Jaarsveld.
Plant size: Variable seed-grown plants, about 4 to 6 cm from tip to tip are offered.
Gasteria is a small genus of easy-growing Southern African plants, commonly known as "beestong" (Afrikaans) which translates to Ox Tongue, for its rough textured strap-shaped leaves, this is especially a character of Gasteria batesiana. There are about 25 recognised species and are predominantly found in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape, but also known from the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The genus is nearly endemic to South Africa, but is also recorded from Namibia and Swaziland.
Caring for your Gasteria
Pot: Do not over-pot your Gasteria, they like to grow in smaller containers, the plants are also more compact.
Soil: The plants prefer a well drained soil, a mixture of sandy soil with some organic matter
Light: The brighter the light the more colourful your plant. Gasterias can grow in shady to brighter conditions, however they are more compact and colourful when bright light is given. Avoid direct sunlight if the plant is not used to it.
Water: Your plant should dry out for a few days between watering. Over-watering can cause the leaves to burst and crack along the length. Avoid watering the coldest months of the year.