Gasteria ‘Little Warty’
Gasteria batesiana x Gasteria ‘Old Man Silver’
Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ is a cross between Gasteria batesiana x Gasteria ‘Old Man Silver’ from Australian hybridizer David Cumming.
I brought my Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ home from Wildwood Greenhouse on May 8, 2019. It was unlabeled, but I had done enough research from the last time I bought home an unlabeled Gasteria to know what it was. At least I think so.
This is only the second Gasteria I have brought home. The first was in March 2018. It is doing very well and you can view its page by clicking HERE. I have not made a positive ID for sure…
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The plant measured approximately 2” tall x 2 13/16″ at the widest point when I brought it home. There is also a tiny offset in the pot. It is in a 3 7/8” tall x 4 1/2” diameter pot which is plenty big enough.
Origin: Hybrid. Gasteria species are native to South Africa
Zones: USDA Zone 11 (40° F)
Size: Hmmm… I would say maybe less than 6”.
*Light: Normally light to part shade. See Llifle below.
**Soil: Needs very well-draining soil as with all cactus and succulents. Potting soil amended with pumice or grit and perlite.
**Water: Needs regular watering during the growing period but hardly at all during the winter.
*During the summer, I keep most of my cactus on the back deck where they receive full sun. The Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ is on the front porch with most of the succulents during the summer. During the winter most cactus aren’t picky about the light because they are basically dormant. For several winters, mine were in front of the east-facing sliding door in the dining room so they didn’t get much light. I built a new shelf for the bedroom so now they are in front of a west-facing window. The Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ and most of the succulents are on a shelf in a south-facing window in a cool bedroom.
**I used 2 parts Miracle Grow Potting Soil with 1 part additional perlite and 1 part chicken grit for many years. I started using a 50/50 mixture of Miracle Grow Potting Soil and pumice in 2018 with favorable results. I also use Schultz Potting Soil which has fewer chunks of bark. I purchased the pumice online from General Pumice but you can get smaller quantities on Ebay. The problem with Miracle Grow and other peat-based potting soil is that once it gets dry it doesn’t absorb water very well. So, during the winter months, the mixture can become hard. Sometimes I repot in the fall with a fresh mixture so the potting soil will be loose for the winter. The timed-release fertilizer in the potting soil won’t be activated until you water anyway. Pumice also has nutritional value. Cactus and succulent enthusiasts recommend not to use peat-based potting soil, but around here that is difficult to find. I haven’t tried coir yet… There is a lot of cactus and succulent recipes online and you just have to experiment to see what you and your cactus like.
***I water my cactus and succulents on a regular basis during the summer but barely ever in the winter (maybe a little in January) until close to time to take them back outside.
When you bring your new plants home from the store, you need to check their roots and the soil they have been growing in is not wet. It is advisable to repot them in a better potting soil more suitable for cactus and succulents.
I guess Mr. Yoder buys some of his succulents in plugs because I can see the top of the plug. I may need to remove the plant to unwrap it…
Some websites say this plant likes full sun, but I am not so sure about that. In its natural habitat, Gasteria grows in light shade to shade. More light will make them have a reddish color. You just have to experiment but never take your plants from being inside all winter and put them in direct sun right off the bat. They need to get used to more light, so gradually introduce them to it.
**SOIL: Some websites say to amend the potting soil with sand, however, much of what I have read about cactus and succulent soil is that sand will fill the air spaces which is not a good idea. Cactus and succulent soil needs to be very well-draining and porous. Succulent enthusiasts recommend using pumice these days which I am now experimenting with. One of the best mixes I have used is 2 parts potting soil with 1 part chicken grit and 1 part perlite. Chicken grit can be found at any feed dealer and perlite is readily available at Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. The best source for Pumice is General Pumice which you can find online. They recommend using it 50/50. You don’t need to use grit or perlite with the pumice but potting soil always had perlite. Potting soil also varies from brand to brand, but I normally just use Miracle Grow even though enthusiasts say a peaty mix is also not a good idea. I have experimented with many brands and some turn as hard as a brick. I also like Schultz Potting soil because it doesn’t have so many chunks of bark like Miracle Grow does.
WATER: Gasteria species are supposedly summer dormant. This means they do most of their growing in the spring and autumn. I usually water them on a regular basis when they are outside and not so much when they are inside. Some information says Gasteria need moist soil during the summer and to water when dry during the winter. I treat them much like the other succulents, whether summer or winter dormant, and have no problems.
I finally repotted The Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ and removed the netting surrounding the plug. The offset fell off so I decided to put it in its own pot.
I had to move the potted plants inside for the winter on October 11 because an “F” was in the forecast. I always take photos of all the plants and measure the cactus and some of the succulents. The original plant measured 3 1/2″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide. That’s pretty good since it was 2” tall x 2 13/16″ when I brought it home on May 8. The offset measured 1 1/2” tall X 2 7/8” wide.
I had to bring the potted plants inside for the winter on October 15 because an “F” was in the forecast. I took photos and measurements as usual. The Gasteria ‘Little Warty’ did very well over the summer and measured 5 1/4″ tall x 5 1/4″ wide. I forgot to measure the offset I put in its own pot but it is also doing well.
Since I just bought this plant on May 8, 2019, I don’t have any experience to share or that many photos yet. I will continue adding more as time goes by.
The link to Llifle below has a lot of useful information.
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