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  x Gasteraloe "GREEN ICE"
(Syn: Gastrolea hybrid cv. GREEN ICE)
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Gastrolea 'GREEN ICE'
Very different and spectacular plant with beautiful colouring. Uncommon fat, smooth icy light green leaves.
 


Description: Gastrolea 'Green Ice' is a Gasteria/Aloe hybrid, and is properly called a X Gasteraloe. Very compact plants with thick, smooth, toothless variegated/striped leaves colored of icy light green and green. It grows relatively slowly, can get quite large with time with rosettes up to 30cm across.
However no Gasteria species has leaves that look like this, in fact as a juvenile this plant has the typical flat strap-like leaves of any Gasteria but as it get older, looks more like an Aloe, so it is a true mixture of the two genera.
Aloe variegata (NOT Aloe vera or Aloe descoingsii, as sometime reported) is the parent Aloe. Supposedly the Gasteria that was used in this hybrid was a hybrid itself listed as either 'Old Man Silver', or 'Little Warty' (itself a hybrid of 'Old Man Silver' with G. batesiana).
 

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Family: Asphodelaceae

Scientific name:  x Gasteraloe cv. GREEN ICE

Synonyms:  

  • Gasteria cv. GREEN ICE
  • Gastrolea 'Green Ice'

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

 

 


Cultivation: They are slow growing but long-lived plants of easy culture which makes them a good houseplant and can be an excellent subject for the beginning gasteriaphile (it can grow easily on window sills, verandas and in miniature succulent gardens where they are happy to share their habitat with other smaller succulent plants) Need light shade to shade, but will take full sun part of the day. They a prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. During the hot summer months, the soil should be kept moist but not overly wet. The plants are fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to the recommended strength. During the winter months, water only when the soil becomes completely dry. Frost hardy to -1C (Or less).

Propagation: Gasteraloe "Green Ice" is easily propagated by the removal of offshoots or by leaf cuttings in spring or summer. To propagate by leaf cuttings, remove a leaf and let it lie for about one month (e.g. in a cool window sill), giving the wound time to heal. Then lay the leaf on its side with the basal part buried in the soil. This leaf should root within a month or two, and small plants will form at the leaf base. Young plants can be harvested the following season.

 

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