Are you on a hunt for a perfect indoor succulent to fresh up your collection? Or you’re searching for an addition to your adorable holiday arrangement? Either way, you`ll fall in love with Gasteraloe ( aka “Green Ice”). This cutie is perfect for succulent newbies, as well as experienced growers looking for low-maintenance, yet effective plant.
Gasteraloe– The Best From The Both Worlds
Gasteraloe “Green Ice” is a Gasteria/Aloe hybrid. This is slow-growing succulent, with thick, flat variegated leaves. When the plant is young, first offsets from the crown arise with leaf arrangement in a flat plane. As the plant reaches maturity, it will fill in with leaves to mimic a whorl shape. Leaves are icy light green or green-grayish with gray dots and elongated stipes. As the “Green Ice” gets older, it looks more and more like an Aloe, so it is a true mixture of the two genera.
Gasteraloe is relatively small and shallow-rooted. It usually grows in small clusters, preferably in a wide, shallow container. As it grows, rosettes can get up to 30 cm tall and wide as the mother plant sends off small plantlets. This succulent blooms with breathtaking red and green tubular flowers.
Gasteraloe Grow and Care Tips
Gasteraloe is a perfect houseplant. When grown indoors, it can tolerate more shade than many other succulents and doesn’t require much maintenance. However, it will do best on windowsills where it can receive bright, filtered light. if you decide to plant your “Green Ice” outdoor, youll need to keep an eye on thermometer during colder months. Gasteraloe “Green Ice” is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant it in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun. Anyway, it’s best to place this succulent in an area of your garden or home that gets bright filtered light and some shade.
When it comes to water needs, “Green Ice” is a typical succulent. You need to water it when the soil is completely dry. Just be careful not to overwater. On the other hand, this succulent can easily recover if you slightly neglect its water needs. “Green Ice” actively grows in spring and fall. This is the time of the year to water it somewhat regularly. For potting this succulent, you can use a typical potting mix and add some mild fertilizer from time to time. Being a perfect houseplant, “Green Ice” allows you to get creative with containers and arrangements.
Gasteraloe is susceptible to fungal infections, which usually appear as black dots on leaves. This is a result of too much humidity on the leaves. However, the infection is hard to spread, as Gasteraloe has a natural defense mechanism against such infections. It will attack the invading organism on its own and seal off the wounded spot.
Gasteraloe “Green Ice” can be propagated from the offsets or from its leaves. If you want to propagate from small offsets sprouting up around the base of the plant, just pull them up and let them dry for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil.
When propagating from the leaves, you`ll need to gently twist the leaf from the stem. Make sure that you get a “clean pull”, with no part of the leaf left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of successful propagation. As with offsets, allow the leaf to callus before planting it in fresh soil.