×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei'
Graptopetalum 'Daruma Shu-rei', Graptopetalum 'Ellen'
×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei', distributed as Graptopetalum 'Daruma Shu-rei' or Graptopetalum 'Ellen', is a beautiful, basally branched succulent that forms rosettes of chubby leaves at the end of decumbent or pendent stems. The rosettes can grow up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter. The leaves are gray-green with a powdery coating but can take on a pink hue when stressed.
The flowers are star-shaped with five yellowish petals, sometimes with red spots, and appear in clusters on short, branched stalks in spring.
×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei' is an intergeneric hybrid with an unknown origin and parentage. It is possibly a result of a cross between Graptopetalum amethystinum and Sedum clavatum. Although it is usually sold as Graptopetalum 'Daruma Shu-rei' or Graptopetalum 'Ellen', this hybrid has a sprawling habit, as does a Sedum, and its inflorescences have shorter branches than those of Graptopetalum, indicating that it is not a Graptopetalum hybrid.
How to Grow and Care for ×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei'
Light: If you want your ×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei' to thrive, ensure it gets plenty of sunlight. However, it can also tolerate partial shade but may look slightly rangy. Therefore, when growing indoors, it is best to keep it near a sunny window.
Soil: Good drainage is most important for a healthy plant, so when growing it in a container, choose well-draining soil and a container with drainage holes.
Temperature: ×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei' prefers cooler temperatures, but it is not a cold-hardy plant. Its primary growth occurs during spring and fall while slowing considerably during winter. It grows best in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, with average minimum winter temperatures ranging from 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: Instead of giving the plant little splashes of water here and there, soak the soil until water runs out of the drainage holes. After that, wait for the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Water the plant sparingly during the winter, only enough to keep it from shriveling.
Fertilizing: To promote healthy growth and flower production, apply a water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength during the growing season.
Repotting: ×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei' does not require frequent repotting, but when it has outgrown its container, repot it in a new pot slightly larger than the old one. After that, give the plant at least a week to readjust before watering.
Propagation: The easiest way to get a good-sized new plant is by taking stem cutting. It is also easy to propagate from leaves. Spring and summer are the best time to take cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
Toxicity of ×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei'
×Graptosedum 'Daruma Shu-rei' is considered non-toxic, so it is a safe plant for growing around pets and children.
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