Gasteria Aristata “Ox tongue Plant”

gasteria aristata

Last updated on August 18th, 2022 at 04:42 am

The gasteria aristata is a small houseplant that can be found in many homes. It’s not the most popular plant, but it does have its benefits. Gasterias are known for their glossy green leaves and pink flowers, which pop against the bright green color of the plant itself. They are also very easy to take care of- all you need is some water and sunlight! However, gastersia aren’t as tough as they seem; they require constant attention or else they’ll die quickly.

The gasteria aristata is a small flowering plant that can be found all over the world. It grows in harsh climates and has been known to survive without water for months at a time. Despite its resilience, however, gasterias are not immune to death by neglect, if they are neglected long enough, they will die. This article will teach you how to care for your gasteria aristata so that it lives long enough to become an established part of your home decor!

Origin of gasteria aristata

gasteria aristata

Gasteria aristata was first discovered by William Aiton back in 1774. Gasteria aristata was derived from the Greek word meaning belly, referring to its spotted leaves that look like a stomach. Gasteria aristata was originally found in Gauteng, South Africa. It is currently endangered in the wild due to urbanization and mining activities.

Gasteria aristata also used to grow on rocky slopes with little competition from other plants but these habitats are now rare because of deforestation. The plant can be seen growing along roadsides. Gasteria aristata is also found in the northern cape, outside of Gauteng.

The Gasterias are traditionally found in dry grasslands and wooded areas. It does require bright light, but not direct sunlight.


Gasterias are succulents that belong to the Asphodelaceae family. They are native to South Africa, where they thrive in subtropical climates with mild winters and dry summers. The plants grow naturally on rocky hillsides but can also be found growing in low-lying vegetation near water sources. Gasteria requires bright, filtered light but can also be grown in full sun.

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Gasterias are known for their ability to store moisture and survive during drought periods, which is why they make perfect houseplants. Unfortunately, gasteria aristata may not always look like they’re doing well while entering dormancy or when drying out slightly between waterings.

If this happens, it is best not to water the plant. However, if you absolutely must, then give it a thorough watering before allowing it to dry out completely again.

Gasteria aristata propagation

gasteria aristata

Gasteria is easily propagated through cuttings and offsets. Offsets can be removed from the mother plant with a clean, sharp knife to create new plants.

Offsets typically grow near the base of gasteria as small rosettes that look like tiny stars or gasteria lilies. When propagating using offsets, the cut should be made as close to the mother plant’s base as possible and slightly below where a leaf meets its stem. This will avoid cutting into any necessary roots for its survival.

As long as you do not take too much of its root, gasterias will grow and flourish from cuttings. To take the cutting, use a clean, sharp knife or snippers to detach the offset from its base. The parent gasteria will not need to be damaged in order for the cuttings to take root.

Many gasterias grow with multiple offsets, so snipping leaves and flowers until you find a small starling offshoot is good propagation practice. Growers can also propagate gasterias using leaf cuttings.

To propagate using leaf cuttings, the leaves should be snipped with clean sharp scissors or a knife and placed in water to form roots. This process is most successful when gasterias are actively growing new shoots at the time of propagation.

Mature gasteria plants produce tall sturdy stems.

Gasterias are grafted in order to produce plants with taller growth and more prominent flowers. The rooted plant that supports the top of the plant can be developed into new plants offshoots when cuttings are taken from their base (stems).

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General Care Information

gasteria aristata

Light requirement

Gasteria aristata is a shade-tolerant plant that grows well in bright filtered light, but not direct sunlight. They can be moved outside during the summer months to take advantage of natural daylight and fresh air circulation.

Soil/potting mix

Their soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings; this is because gasteria aristata will turn yellow if over-watered or grayish-green if under-watered (in which case more frequent waterings are necessary). While gasteria can adapt to many different soil types, it does prefer a more acidic potting mix.

A common gasteria companion is the senecio rowleyanus (aka string of pearls or pearl necklace plant), which grows in an upright structure with cascading stems covered by tiny leaves that resemble beads.

Watering gasteria aristata

Gasteria is a succulent, so it doesn’t need much water. You only want to lightly mist them twice per month. If you over-water them, they’ll rot and die quickly – very frustrating! Over-watering can also cause gasterias to produce small black flies in the soil.


Gasteria aristata does not need a lot of fertilizing, and they can get burned easily if over-fertilized. The best way to offer your plant the nutrients it needs is through regular waterings with fertilizer added to the water; you only want to use half of what’s recommended on the package.


The ideal temperature for this houseplant is between 68°F and 74°/19.44°C and a minimum of 55°F /12.78°C which makes it an ideal choice for those who live in colder or cooler climates that do not get very warm nor hot during the day.


This is an important factor in maintaining healthy plant life. The more humidity a houseplant is exposed to, the healthier it will be. With that said, there are still some plants that require low levels of humidity and thrives on them! One such example is Gasteria Aritstata also known as “Giant Clumping Aloe” or “Liver Plant” due to the shapes and colorations of its leaves.

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Gasteria Aritstata is a succulent that grows in dry areas with high temperatures and low humidity, so it’s safe to say this plant does not require much water nor humidity which makes it an ideal choice for those who do not have time or don’t want to maintain their plant life.

This means that, if you decide to get this houseplant, make sure not only the temperature is good but also humidity levels are at a minimum otherwise your Gasteria Aritstata will start wilting and die due to lack of water or too much humidity which causes rot.

The ideal humidity levels for this plant are between 25-35% which you can measure with a hygrometer to make sure the houseplant is in good shape.


As you may have guessed, the gasteria aristata’s not-so-cute appearance is intentional. The houseplant has adapted to its native habitat in South Africa by developing an armor of sharp, pointed leaves that give it a dangerous look—and discourage would-be predators like rabbits and goats from munching on them! If pruned properly, the gasteria aristata should not require much care or maintenance other than a healthy amount of sunlight.

When to repot

Gasteria aristata are very slow-growing plants, so they don’t need to be repotted too often. However, when you do need to repot them, it is best done in spring because at this time the plant will produce new roots and store energy that will help it through the next hot summer months.


One of the biggest differences between gasterias and other succulents is that it’s not unusual for them to go dormant sometimes. This means they aren’t actively growing or putting on new leaves, but their existing growth will remain healthy.

Some plants are only dormant during certain parts of the year (for example, some gasterias will be more or less dormant depending on the time of year). However, if your plant is totally static for too long, it may indicate that something’s wrong.

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Flowers & Fragrance

These plants are popular houseplants, prized for their interesting and unusual foliage. They come in a huge variety of colors, shapes, and sizes so it’s not hard to find one that fits your space perfectly! Gasterias have small flowers borne on tall stalks which can be white or red/pink depending upon the variety.

Growth rate

The most common complaint about gasteria aristata is that they grow too slowly. This can be a problem if you’re hoping to see it produce new leaves quickly, but for those who have the time and patience – slow growth can be a blessing in disguise.


Gasteria aristata plants can be toxic to both human and pets if they eat the plant. Symptoms of toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If your pet eats a gasteria it is important that you seek veterinary attention as soon as possible for treatment options.

USDA Hardiness Zones

The Gasteria Aritstata grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones nine through eleven.

Pests and diseases

This plant can be affected by a number of pests and diseases. The most common pest problem is the mealybug which feeds on plant sap, causing damage to leaves as well as disfiguring growths called galls that may prevent flowering or cause deformities in developing new foliage.

Affected plants should be isolated from healthy plants to prevent or limit the spread of any pathogens.