×Graptoveria 'Douglas Huth'
Echeveria 'Dr. Huth's Pink', Echeveria 'Perle d'Azur', Graptopetalum californica, Graptopetalum 'Dr. Huth's Blue', Graptopetalum 'Dr. Huth's Pink', Graptopetalum uruguayense
This succulent is a hybrid possibly created by Douglas Huth and introduced and named by J. C. van Keppel in 1979. It results from a cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and possibly Echeveria gigantea.
×Graptoveria 'Douglas Huth' is a clump-forming succulent that forms rosettes of thick, fleshy, beautifully colored leaves with a powdery coating. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The leaf color varies from pinkish when the plant is grown in full sun to bluish when shaded, explaining the two synonyms Graptopetalum 'Dr. Huth's Pink' and Graptopetalum' Dr. Huth's Blue'.
The pale yellow flowers with red markings are star-shaped, 5-merous, and appear on branched stalks in spring.
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. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand, or other grit, topsoil, and some 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. You should water if it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves look shriveled. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations.
Graptopetalums are generally easily propagated by seeds, leaf cuttings, or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off can root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will quickly root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels and falls off. The new little ghost plant had rooted and sprouted new leaves by then.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
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