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Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Dec 3, 2016 6:19 PM CST
I have a new gastaria hybrid and a new aloe hybrid Tony

When I got um I poured the rocky mulch out so I could see if the soil was parched or not it was so I watered lightly and was careful about getting water on the leaves of the gastaria as I didn't want to rot it

I see a beginning flower stalk on the gastaria and new babies or pups on it too
Name: Baja
Baja California (Zone 11b)
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Dec 4, 2016 1:13 PM CST


Any chances of a picture? Smiling It would be great to see your new plants.

A couple of reactions...

It's really hard to tell the moisture content of the soil from the top layer (that is, the one underneath the top dressing), because that's the layer which dries out first. It takes longer for the soil to dry out at depth, which you can test by putting your finger (or a chopstick or a moisture meter) in a couple of inches. Preferably without causing too much damage to the roots, and not in a repeated way. You can also judge by the weight of the container sometimes. My advice would be to water well (until drops come out the bottom of the container) and then wait and watch until the soil dries out most of the way before watering again. That time interval will be remarkably consistent (no need to repeatedly poke your plants) given consistent light and temperature.

The brown/black spots that appear on some Gasteria leaves are ugly, but I have yet to figure out how to completely avoid them. They seem to come up in springtime, probably in response to the stronger light. They come up even with zero water on the leaves (though it seems wise to avoid that). This time of year a Gasteria will want all the light it can get indoors, but come spring if you find yourself wanting to give it a little outdoor sun, be real careful how fast you ramp it up, and try to avoid more than half a day of sun max.
Name: Alex Junge
MN st paul, (Zone 4a)
Dec 5, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Thanks so much for the cultural imput. I have never grown this genis before. I repotted The Gastaria into a bigger pot with fresh medium as it was quite bound up root wise and found its doing well. time will tell if I made the right decidion.

I haven't touched the Aloe' 'Tony' yet.

One thing that may help is a moisture meter. while they are pricy a good one is important as it takes some of the guesswork out of watering.. I use this on a lot of my succulents and cacti.

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