Gasteraloe(gas-ter-AL-oh) is a group of hybrids crosses of Aloeand Gasteriathat combines the best of both worlds. Many feature the pearly patterns of their Gasteria parent and the pointed rosette form of their Aloe parent. All have the low light tolerance necessary to make them phenomenal houseplants. Read on for more helpful succulent care tips.
Different types of succulents can have particular needs, so be sure to consult the care info on each variety's page. In general, succulents need plenty of sunlight, rapid drainage, and deep but infrequent water.
Gradually acclimate your succulent to brighter sun over the course of one to two weeks after delivery. Sunny window sills, grow lights, and partial outdoor sun can help a succulent show its most vibrant pigments and maintain a healthy, compact form.
SOIL / DRAINAGE
Re-pot your succulent into a container with a drainage hole. Use a gritty, well-draining soil to prevent rot. Many thick-leaved succulents grow well in rocky soils like Bonsai Jack Gritty Mix. You can also make your own by mixing a bagged cactus & succulent soil from the garden center with an equal volume of mineral grit, e.g. pumice, perlite, or coarse sand.
All succulents are adapted to drought and are prone to rot if watered frequently or left in damp soil. Only water when the soil is completely dry AND the leaves start to feel more flexible. When you do water, most succulents want a deep drenching (enough that water runs out the pot's drainage hole). Pay close attention to any seasonal dormancy listed in a given variety's description. Succulents should be left dry during their dormancy period.