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Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’

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Scientific Name

x Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’

Synonyms

x Graptoveria ‘Frostbite’

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Graptosedum

Description

x Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’ is a hairless, rosette-forming succulent. The rosettes are up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter and grow at the tips of ever-lengthening, hanging stems, creating a low spreading colony up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaves are succulent, lanceolate, glaucous and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Those grown in partial shade tend to be blue-grey. In full sun they are pinkish grey. During the winter the leaves take a brownish-purple tinge. The flowers are star shaped, yellow, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter and are borne on stems up to 6 inches (15 cm) long with 2 to 6 branches, each with 3 to 14 flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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. 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

Origin

Graptosedum ‘Francesco Baldi’ is a hybrid cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and Sedum pachyphyllum.

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