Graptopetalum filiferum (S.Watson) Whitehead
Graptopetalum filiferum is a unique, clump-forming succulent that grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall before sprouting pups and forming a cluster. Rosettes are almost flat to the ground, up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, and have 75 to 100 leaves. Leaves are fleshy, spatulate to triangular, glabrous, and metallic green with fine red tips. Flowers are white and spotted with red.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalums care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sunlight to look their best. They require gritty, porous soil with excellent drainage. Water regularly over the summer months, letting the soil dry out between waterings. Minimal water is required over winter. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations. Fertilize once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.
Graptopetalums are generally easy to propagate by seeds, leaf cuttings, or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then, the new little plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves. See more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
Graptopetalum filiferum is native to Mexico.
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