How to grow and care for Gasteria disticha Indoors

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Gasteria disticha

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Botanical name: Gasteria disticha
Family: Asphodelaceae
Sufamily: Asphodeloideae

Gasteria disticha Description

Gasteria disticha is a dwarf succulent plant whose strap-shaped leaves are arranged in two rows forming a fan-like shape. The leaves are green and have white spots arranged in irregular transverse bands.

The Gasteria disticha plant often has leaves which undulate slightly, have wavy margins and a rough, mat surface.

The flowers in Gasteria disticha are tiny about 12–20 mm and have flower bases that are inflated or swollen for roughly two-thirds of the flower length.

Gasteria disticha Origin

Gasteria disticha is native to the Breede River Valley in the Western Cape, South Africa where it is found growing under the rocks or bushes that provide it with some shelter from the sun.

Gasteria Plants Varieties

Many hybrids have been developed some of which feature thick, flat leaves with striped patterns.

Some common varieties include;

1.Gasteria baylissiana

2.Gasteria rawlinsonii

3.Gasteria brachyphylla

4.Gasteria pillansii

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Gasteria disticha

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Gasteria disticha Care Indoors

Gasteria disticha Light Requirements

Gasteria disticha grows best under bright light with some direct sunshine. A few feet away from a south- or west-facing window is ideal.

Avoid exposing your Gasteria disticha to too hot sunlight before acclimatizing it, as it can get sun burned. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water Gasteria disticha

Water Gasteria disticha thoroughly during the growing season, when the soil begins to dry out.

Water the plant very infrequently during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

Avoiding wetting the center of the rosette as it can lead to rotting of your Gasteria disticha. Watering from the bottom is a better option.

Water the Gasteria disticha with water that is at room temperature water to avoid plant shock. Read more on how to water houseplants.


Temperature for Gasteria disticha

Average warmth temperatures from 18-290C) are ideal for your Gasteria disticha. The sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for the growth of this succulent.

Humidity for Gasteria disticha

Gasteria disticha has no need for high humidity. Average room humidity is ideal for your Gasteria disticha.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Gasteria disticha

Feed Gasteria disticha monthly during the growing period with a water soluble fertilizer as they are slow growing and therefore do not need frequent feeding.

Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot Gasteria disticha

Repot Gasteria disticha at the beginning of the growing season only when the plant becomes pot-bound. Use a shallow rather than a deep pot for your Gasteria disticha as they have shallow roots.

The pot for Gasteria disticha should be only 1 size larger than the previous one.

Ensure that the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

The best soil for Gasteria disticha should be sandy or rocky soil as it drains easily inorder to avoid soggy soil which can lead to rotting of your plant.

How to Prune Gasteria disticha

Pruning Gasteria disticha involves removal of dead or diseased leaves.

Cut the leaf at the base with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors to detach it from the stem. Avoid excessive injury to your Gasteria disticha to minimise fungal and bacterial infections.

Gasteria disticha Propagation

Gasteria disticha can be propagated from offsets (pups) which form at the base of the plant.

How to Propagate Gasteria disticha from offsets (pups)

Select an offset which has several leaves and carefully seperate the offset from the mother Gasteria disticha by cutting with a sharp knife or a pair of scissors.

Allow the Gasteria disticha offsets to dry (callus) for 1-3 days before potting to prevent rotting.

Plant the Gasteria disticha offset in free-draining soil and ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.

Water your Gasteria disticha sparingly, only when the soil is dry to avoid getting soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.

Gasteria disticha

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Gasteria disticha Problems Indoors

Gasteria disticha leaves wilted and droopy

Wilted and droopy leaves in Gasteria disticha are caused by underwatering.

Immediately water your Gasteria disticha thoroughly and it should perk up. Never allow the soil to dry our completely, maintain it moderately moist.

Gasteria disticha brown soft spots

Brown soft spots in Gasteria disticha are caused by leaf spot disease.

The occurence of the disease is enhanced by poor air circulation. Ensure that there is proper air circulation for your Gasteria disticha.

Gasteria disticha wilted and discolored leaves

Wilted and discolored leaves in Gasteria disticha are caused by overwatering during the cold season.

Water the Gasteria disticha sparingly during the cold season and always allow the soil to almost dry out between waterings.

Gasteria disticha rot at the base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves

Rot at the base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves in Gasteria disticha are an indication of basal stem rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions.

Avoid overwatering your Gasteria disticha during the cold season and reduce watering significantly to maintain the soil slightly moist.

Also, use a fungicidal solution ocassionally to water your Gasteria disticha to prevent infection.

Remove and discard the infected parts of your Gasteria disticha to prevent spread to the rest of the plant.

Gasteria disticha pests

Common Pests in Gasteria disticha are Scales and Mealy Bugs. Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Gasteria disticha toxic?

Gasteria disticha are non-toxic to both humans and pets. They are safe to grow in the home.

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