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Graptosedum 'Bronze'

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Scientific Name

x Graptosedum 'Bronze'

Synonyms

Sedum 'Coffee', x Graptosedum 'Alpenglow', x Graptosedum 'Vera Higgins'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Graptosedum

Description

Graptosedum 'Bronze' is a small succulent with reddish-bronze-colored foliage. The 1 inch (2.5 cm) long leaves, flat on the upper surface and keeled below, whorl around the stem with leaves at the tip arranged in a rosette. The leaves remain somewhat persistent on the stem so that the rosette is usually subtended by several inches of older leaves. In spring appear the terminal clusters of pinkish flower buds that open to reveal the 4-petaled yellow flowers. Growing up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, it can spread or drape over a pot.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 8b to 11b: from 15 °F (−9.4 °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 sun 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. Fertlize 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum

Origin

Graptosedum 'Bronze' is an intergeneric hybrid between Graptopetalum paraguayensis and Sedum stahlii.

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