Gasteria batesiana "Sifula"
Origin: van Jaarsveld s.n., Sifula River, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
This very nice form of the var. batesiana was found by Ernst van Jaarsveld and was given the name "Sifula" named after the place it was found. It is the most southern record for this species. Grown in bright light, the plants are very compact with almost triangular leaves. This selected clone has a lighter greyish colour.
Plant size: Well established propagations, about 10 to 12 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.