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Cactus Succulent

Gasteria batesiana
  • RHS AGM

Bates gasteria

A compact, stemless succulent with thick, rough-textured, dark green fleshy leaves marked with irregular bands of small white dots. Young plants grow leaves in opposite pairs, maturing to develop clusters of rounded rosettes. Produces arching flower stems with lines of pendent, tubular pink flowers with pale yellow tips in spring

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Yellow Green White
Summer Green White
Autumn Green White
Winter Green White
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Asphodelaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Gasteria are stemless, succulent perennials forming clumps of rosettes of fleshy leaves, often 2-ranked, and racemes of pendulous, tubular flowers

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow outdoors in sharply drained, loamy soil, in full sun or light shade. In colder areas, grow under glass in a free-draining cactus potting mix in bright, filtered light. Water moderately during growth and keep dry when dormant. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation for more advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by leaf cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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