Gasteria "Amahle"

$30.00

Out of stock

Description

Gasteria "Amahle"

This hybrid was developed by myself, by using using Gasteria excelsa "Cala" and G. ellaphiae as parent plants.

This is one of two selections made. The plant stays small (about 15 cm in diameter) with chunky leaves and has a compact nature. Leaf colour is variable from light grey-green to pinkish-brown depending on the season and light.

Named for the Zulu word "Amabala" which means “the beautiful one or the prettiest"

The plant in the photos below is the one that is for sale, the main photo is of the mother plant.

Plant size offered: It is a strong plant with two offsets, it is about 10,5 cm wide from leaf tip to tip

 

About Gasteria

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.

For a list of the recognised Gasteria species, please read Gasteria Species Checklist.

 

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.

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