Graptoveria Plant Care and Growing Graptoveria Succulents

Graptoveria plant is one of the most attractive varieties of succulent plants.  The most popular types of Graptoveria are Debbi, Fanfare, and Fred Ives.  Not only are they appealing to plant collectors, but also to new plant lovers and gardeners.  

If you want to have Graptoveria plants in your home, you should find it important to have knowledge on Graptoveria plant care and growing Graptoveria succulents.  If you’re wondering how it’s done, just continue reading on.  

What is a Graptoveria Plant?

Graptoveria plant is a crossbreed hybrid of Graptopetalum succulent plant and echeveria.  Most of which flaunt 6 inches to 8 inches of the compacted rosette, but there are some that can reach up to 10 inches in width like the Moonglow.  Offsets, also known as pups, grow rapidly and closely to each other. 

These succulents reveal intense colors when water is scarce or when the temperature is high.  Debbi, a cultivated variety of Graptoveria, turns darker pink and frostier if left under direct sunlight and when it’s appropriately given water, which is quite remarkable.

Common Types of Graptoveria Plant Collections

1. Debbi or Debbie

The Debbi Graptoveria succulent is purple in color, has leaves that have arrowhead shape with pink on the sides.  As the leaves grow taller, it forms a firmly packed perfect rosette.  

The color of the debbi succulent leaves deepens when the temperature is cold, or when exposed to intense sunlight.  Star-shaped flowers, which are apricot in color, show during springtime.    

2. Moonglow

Moonglow is the most well-known Graptoveria succulent.  If you want a succulent that easily grows and rapidly generates pups, you should go with this succulent. 

It also forms a rosette. Its leaves are blue-green in color with a touch of pink, which depends on its exposure to sunlight and temperature.  It shows off orange flowers during winter and in the early days of spring.  

3. Graptoveria Fred Ives

This is one of the most sought-after Graptoveria plants among succulent enthusiasts and very ideal for those new to collecting Graptoveria succulents.  The Graptoveria fred ives that has evergreen leaves, which also form a rosette, grow in bunches creating stunning layers.  

The Graptoveria fred ives often undergo color transformation.  It sometimes turns salmon pink, sometimes yellow, sometimes blue, and sometimes bronze and pink.  

Its color depends greatly on its exposure to sunlight and current temperature.  Star-shaped yellow and orange flowers pop up during summer.  

Just like the moonglow, Fred ives also require low maintenance.  It can sustain its beauty even when living in dry conditions.  It also produces pups quite easily making it perfect for pot displays, Graptoveria plants arrangement, and rock gardens.  

4. Opalina

Opalina is another flower-bearing Graptoveria succulent boasting blue-green frosted leaves, but unlike the other types enumerated earlier, it is less dense.  When fully exposed to the sun, the outer part of the leaves turns pink and displays attractive yellow flowers during springtime.  

This is another type of succulents that you must have if you want your collection to grow bigger at a fast rate.  Opalina looks good on pot displays and even in rock gardens.  

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Factors to Consider to Successfully Grow a Graptoveria Plant

1. Best Position 

Every variety of Graptoveria succulent demands full exposure to sunlight so you’ll be able to bring out their intense and splendid colors.  However, if it’s extremely hot, you still need to provide a bit of a shade for them so their leaves won’t get burned.  

Graptoveria plants are not resilient and they cannot tolerate cold temperatures and frost for a long time.  So, if temperatures start to drop, take them indoors.  

2. Water

True to most types of succulents, the Graptoveria succulent thrive better in well-draining soil than in moist soil.  The proper way to water Graptoveria plants is to drown them one time, big time, and then expose it to sunlight.  This would allow the roots to accumulate oxygen and beautifully grow. 

TIP #1: Wait for the succulent soil to dry out completely before watering them again.  

It’s easy to determine if you’ve under-watered or over-watered your Graptoveria plant.  You’ve over-watered it if it feels spongy and if the color of the leaves is turning brown.  Conversely, you’ve under-watered it if it looks flattened and that the leaves are falling off.  

TIP #2: When watering your Graptoveria plants, it is best to water them directly rather than using a spray bottle because this will not be able to penetrate the roots.  

3. Soil

If you’re planning to grow different species of Graptoveria plants, always remember to use well-draining soil.  See to it that the roots don’t entertain excess water.  This will help prevent the roots not to rot and acquiring any type of plant disease.  

Guess what? You can actually make your own succulent soil.  Just mix ⅔ of sand, perlite or sand and ⅓ of coconut coir or peat-free compost.  If you want, you can simply buy a ready-to-use soil mix.  

TIP: Do not ever use compacted soil as it will just hold a great amount of water, which will make the root rot.    

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4. Nourishment

Just like when growing fruits and veggies, you also should fertilize your Graptoveria plants.  This is to help foster a strong rooting system. 

This is easy to do: just dilute ¼ part of cactus or succulent fertilizer to  1 part of water.  Only fertilize once during the growing season, which is in summer.   

5. Pruning

Pruning your Graptoveria plants is usually done for aesthetic purposes only.  If you see leaves that have turned brown or yellow, or if you’ve noticed damaged portions, then go ahead and prune. 

TIP: Before planning to prune, sterilize the scissors that you’ll be using.  

6. Repotting 

Graptoveria plants must only be repotted every 2 to 3 years.  Maintaining your succulents in a pot for a long period of time is not at all a problem unless they’ve outgrown their pots, or there’s no more room for emerging pups.  

If you need to transfer a Graptoveria succulent to another pot, make sure that you use a befittingly-sized pot as well as fresh, well-draining soil.  Also, if you see some rotten roots, trim them with sterilized, sharp scissors or knife, then allow them to dry before you repot them.  

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Frequently Asked Questions About Graptoveria Plants

How do you take care of Graptoveria plants?

Graptoveria plants need adequate bright light, just the right amount of water, and good drainage.  Use pots that have holes at the bottom to prevent water from getting stuck in the soil, which will eventually make the roots rot.  You likewise should choose a well-draining soil mix that is composed of 50 to 70% of pumice, perlite or sand. 

Is it true that graptoveria plants are toxic?

Generally, Graptoveria plants are non-toxic, but there are some types of succulents that are harmful to pets.  Even though they’re non-toxic, it’s better to keep kids and pets away from it.  

How much sun does a graptoveria succulent need?

Most succulents need about 6 hours of bright light every day.  But for newly planted Graptoveria plants, may still need to get accustomed to the rays of the sun.  

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