Graptopetalum paraguayense subsp. bernalense M. Kimnach & R. Moran
Byrnesia bernalensis, Graptopetalum bernalense
Graptopetalum paraguayense subsp. bernalense is a very interesting clumping succulent with relatively small rosettes. It differs from G. paraguayense subsp. paraguayense by being smaller in all its parts and its yellowish leaves not more than 1.6 inches (4 cm) long. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) in diameter. Leaves are triangular, yellowish or greenish-cream, or under stress pinkish colored, up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) wide. Flowers are whitish with small red specks up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. All require lots of sunlight to look their best. They need 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 ¼ strength.
The 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 ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.
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Native to Mexico.
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