How to grow and care for Gasteria pillansii Indoors

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Houseplant, Gasteria pillansii

Botanical name: Gasteria pillansii
Family: Asphodelaceae
Sufamily: Asphodeloideae

Gasteria pillansii is a small succulent plant whose green, strap-shaped leaves, arranged in two rows forming a fan-like shape, are rough with tiny tubercles.

The flowers in Gasteria pillansii are about 25–45 mm long and have a slightly swollen base for up to one-third of the length which is one ot its distinct features.

In the early growth stages before flowering, Gasteria pillansii very closely resembles its two relatives, Gasteria brachyphylla and Gasteria disticha.

Gasteria pillansii is native to the arid winter-rainfall regions in the far west of South Africa and Namibia where it is found growing under rocks or bushes that provide it with shelter from the sun.

The Best Indoor Growing Conditions for Gasteria pillansii

Light for Gasteria pillansii

Gasteria pillansii grow 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 pillansii 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 pillansii

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

Water your Gasteria pillansii very infrequently during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.

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

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

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


Temperature for Gasteria pillansii

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

Humidity for Gasteria pillansii

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

Fertilizer (Feeding) for Gasteria pillansii

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

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

How to Repot Gasteria pillansii

Repot your Gasteria pillansii 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 pillansii as they have shallow roots.

The pot for your Gasteria pillansii 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.

The best soil for your Gasteria pillansii 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 pillansii

Pruning your Gasteria pillansii 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 pillansii to minimise fungal and bacterial infections.

How to Propagate Gasteria pillansii

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

How to Propagate Gasteria pillansii from offsets (pups)

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

Allow the Gasteria pillansii offsets to dry for 1-3 days before potting to prevent rotting.

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

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

Common Problems in Growing Gasteria pillansii Indoors

Leaves wilted and droopy

Underwatering is the cause of wilted and droopy leaves your in Gasteria pillansii

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

Brown soft spots

Leaf spot disease is the cause of brown soft spots in your Gasteria pillansii.

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

Wilted and discolored leaves

Overwatering during the cold season is the cause of wilted and discolored leaves in your Gasteria pillansii.

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

Rot at the base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves

Basal stem rot disease due to overwet conditions is the cause of base rot followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves in your Gasteria pillansii.

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

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

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

Pests

Common Pests in Gasteria pillansii are Scales and Mealy Bugs.

Isolate the affected Gasteria pillansii to prevent spread to other houseplants and treat it appropriately for the pests.

Is Gasteria pillansii toxic?

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

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