xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’
Gasteria x Aloe
I bought this plant from Lowe’s in August 2012 in Greenville, Mississippi. It is an intergeneric cross between a Gasteria and Aloe.
I measured the xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’ on 11-23-12 and it was 5″ tall x 6 3/4″ wide. I had already re-potted it.
Gasteraloe ‘Green Gold’ may be an older cultivar and is also sometimes sold under the name ‘Lemon-Lime’. The variegation of this hybrid is highly variable and somewhat regressive. Offsets of this plant should be selected for variegation when the plants are divided because they can revert to a less variegated form. Even though the variegated plants are nicer, the greener offsets are easier to grow and they grow faster. Supposedly it offsets freely, but mine did not offset yet.
The above photo was taken on February 17, 2013 and it was the last one taken at the mansion in Mississippi. I was getting ready to move back to the family farm in mid-Missouri. I had to give up a lot of plants.
Of course, I had to bring my xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’ with me. It survived an eight hour drive in the back of a trailer at 30 degree temps. It was snowing when I arrived and there was a lot of snow on the ground already. I put all the plants I brought with me in the basement and I was surprised at how well they did. The above photo shows my xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’, happy to be outside again.
I have to laugh every time I look at this photo taken on July 30, 2013. The top looks like someone sat on it…
Origin: Hybrid between Gasteria and Aloe
Zones: USDA Zones 9a-12
Light: Sun to part shade. Well, I grow my Aloe in light to part shade because I don’t like them burning in to much sun.
Soil: Average, well-drained soil. Potting mix with extra pumice or grit to some small gravel. Add extra perlite, too.
Water: Average water during the warmer months and not much in the winter.
Dormancy Period: Although summer dormant, they will grow somewhat. They grow mainly during the spring and autumn months and a little in the winter.
The xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’ among friends on August 23, 2013.
I like measuring my plants from time to time, especially the cactus and succulents. On September 8, 2013, it measured 5″ tall x 11″ wide. That sounds a little strange since it was 5″ tall on 11-23-12… Well, maybe that is because it flattened out on top. Well, I can’t remeasure it now. It was looking REALLY AWESOME!
Inside for the winter and nestled on a table in front of a window with its friends on December 7, 2013.
Back outside once again for the summer. It did very well over the winter in the house and now it was glad to be back outside.
I really liked this plant but unfortunately I had to give it up in the summer of 2014. Well, actually I didn’t have to but I thought I did. That mistake will NEVER happen again. Next time I give up plants I will make sure I really need to. Hopefully, someday I will find another xGasteraloe ‘Green Gold’.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you.