Graptopetalum 'Murasaki' is a gorgeous shrubby succulent that forms short-stemmed rosettes of fleshy pastel purplish-pink leaves with a powdery coating. It resembles its parent, G. superbum, but has more rounded leaves. Rosettes grow up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The color of the leaves becomes more intense under the stress of bright sunlight. Flowers are star-shaped, usually 5-merous, and appear in late winter and spring. They are pale yellow with reddish-brown markings that become confluent at the tips of the lobes.
The hybrid name "Murasaki" means " purple or violet" in Japanese and refers to the color of the foliage.
How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum 'Murasaki'
Light: G. 'Murasaki' thrives in sunlight, so choose a location where it will receive full sun. However, it will also grow in partial shade with slightly rangy results. Therefore, keep it near a sunny window when grown as a houseplant.
Soil: The plant needs good drainage to maintain a healthy root system. When growing G. 'Murasaki' in a pot, choose a well-drained soil mix and a pot with drainage holes.
Temperature: This plant will do well in hot weather, but its most active growth will occur in spring and fall. G. 'Murasaki' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: The plant growing outdoors in full sun will appreciate a weekly watering in summer. Cut back on watering to about every 10 to 14 days when the weather cools down in spring and fall. Rather than giving the potted plant little splashes of water here and there, give it a good soaking until water runs out the drainage holes, then wait for the soil to dry out completely before watering again. In winter, water just enough to keep your plant from shriveling.
Fertilizing: Apply fertilizer to promote healthy growth, including flower production. Fertilize during the active growing season. A water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength is suitable and commonly used.
Repotting: G. 'Murasaki' do not need frequent repotting. When your plant has outgrown its container, repot it in a fresh potting mix in a new pot slightly larger than the old one. Give the plant a week or so to readjust before you water it.
Propagation: The easiest way to propagate G. 'Murasaki' is through stem cuttings. It also easily propagates from leaf cuttings. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The best time to take cuttings is spring and summer.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
Toxicity of Graptopetalum 'Murasaki'
G. 'Murasaki' is generally non-toxic to humans and animals.
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