This succulent is a chance hybrid resulting from a cross between Graptopetalum amethystinum and unknown Echeveria species. It was named for Debbi Foster, daughter of Robert Alan (Bob) Foster (1938-2002), an American botanist, horticulturist, and nurseryman. This spontaneous hybrid first appeared at his Abbey Garden in Reseda, Los Angeles, California, United States.
×Graptoveria 'Debbi', also known as ×Graptoveria 'Debbie', is a stunning succulent that offsets freely to form dense clumps of rosettes of fleshy, lance-shaped, frosty pink to pink-violet leaves. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. The colors of the leaves become more intense in the cooler months. With exposure to intense sunlight, they can even show some orange tones. Flowers are small, bell-shaped, apricot-colored and appear in arching clusters on leafy stalks in spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand or other grit, topsoil, and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation, but they will grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results.
Graptopetalums need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations.
These succulents are generally easily propagated 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 and falls off. By then, the new little ghost plant had rooted and sprouted new leaves.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
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