Gasteria “Little Warty”

Don’t let the name of this plant Little Warty scare you.

The tiny protruding freckles that run through its leaves is what gives it the name of little warty. 

But this adorable plant is ideal for beginners because it adapts very well to indoor growing

Gasteria “Little Warty” is a great succulent that comes to us from South Africa. 

It is compact and easy to grow.

The Gasteria “Little Warty” is difficult to describe because succulents of this genus are very varied.

Also, the appearance of these plants varies depending on their location, soil, and age.

The description is also complicated by the fact that young plants generally look completely different from mature specimens. 

Finally, hybrids occur easily and naturally.

But some essential features are:

Both total and partial sun.

Suitable for the interior if you receive the necessary light

For Irrigation follow the general rule for succulents.

Small size: about 15 cm (high) and 10 cm (wide).

Not well withstand continuous freezing temperatures.

Propagation by children.

It grows actively in winter.

But let me go into more details here.

Tips to take care of the Gasteria “Little Warty”

The Gasterias are quite curious succulents and the ‘Little Warty’ is no exception with its thick leaves covered with small “warts”.

Gasteria mixes easily with Aloes (where hybrid Gasteraloes are obtained).

Gasterias receive their scientific name from the shape of their leaves, which are believed to resemble the inside of a stomach (hence the Greek prefix “gaster”, which means “stomach”).

Watering 

The Gasteria Little Warty or Verruguitas has the typical irrigation needs of succulents.

It is best to use the “soak and let dry” method, allowing the soil to dry completely between waterings.

Where to plant 

These succulents can withstand a little more shade than other succulent varieties which makes them ideal for growing indoors.

If you want to grow it outside, you must take into account that it does not resist constant temperatures below zero, so it is better to plant it indoors or in a container that you can take inside the house in winter.

Propagation 

The Gasteria “Little Warty” reproduces easily through baby grandfathers

How to spread Gasteria by basal children

Gasterias produce baby grandfathers around the base of the main stem.

Start them carefully and let them dry for a day or two before planting them in a new pot with a well drained substrate.

Remember

They give many little children, which you can separate from the mother plant. It is better to do this process in spring.

Use a sharp and disinfected knife to separate the stem from the mother plant. 

Make sure it has roots. Sow the shoot in a substrate for cacti and succulents.

A few varieties of gasteria can be propagated by leaves.

Pests

These succulents suffer from small black spots. Do not worry. They are not contagious or harm the plant. These spots appear to come out of nowhere, even in the healthiest food stores.

Of course, if your plants are in shade and you are over watering it can suffer from some harmful fungus. In that case, treat them with a fungicide.

Also, they can suffer from common pests to succulents, such as mealybugs and aphids. 

The problem with these insects is a sign that your plant is not getting enough lighting.