Gasteria brachyphylla

A small Gasteria, popular as a houseplant.
Common name : Gasteria brachyphylla
Scientific name : Gasteria brachyphylla
Family : Xanthorrhoeaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
This species of Gasteria has its strap-shaped leaves in two « distichous » - or opposite - rows. It very closely resembles its two relatives, Gasteria pillansii and Gasteria disticha to the north, but can be distinguished by its very shiny, smooth and shorter leaves while its two relatives' leaves are rough with tiny tubercles). It is proliferous, and has 12–22 mm long pink flowers which appear around September.

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 9 - 23
pH 6.5 - 7

Plant my gasteria brachyphylla

Gasteria is an excellent potted plant - even in dry terrarium! It grows relatively well in low light, but will also easily accept a window sill, as long as it is not under direct sunlight. It tolerates poor, well-drained substrates because its fleshy roots can rot if drainage is insufficient - so typically use a lot of coarse gravel, coarse sand - and requires little care!

Water my gasteria brachyphylla

Water a little, but regularly, allowing the substrate to dry slightly, especially in summer. Indeed, in the heat of summer, when your gasteria starts to rest, the water can end up causing root rot. At home in South Africa, the winter is quite dry, so it will need less water in winter.

Prune my gasteria brachyphylla

Remove the dry or damaged rosettes from time to time.

Propagate my gasteria brachyphylla

Gasteria is easy to propagate by cutting - especially in the summer, before the plant is put to rest. Single leaves, or even a broken part, planted with their base touching moist compost will root and produce a whole plant. It takes time, but success is almost guaranteed!

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