×Graptoveria 'Margarete Reppin'
×Graptoveria 'Margarete Reppin' is a vigorous succulent that forms rosettes of many densely packed leaves tipped with a slender point. The rosettes grow up to 3.6 inches (9 cm) in diameter, branching freely to create a beautiful clump. Leaves are pale jade green, slightly glossy, and with whitish edges. The colorful flowers are star-shaped, white with reddish brown spots and a slightly yellow center, and appear on branched inflorescences in spring. The flower stems bend under the weight of the flowers.
The hybrid name honors Mrs. Margarete Reppin, an Adelaide collector who passed away in 1995. Many collectors in South Australia have at least one plant in their collection, which came from Margarete. All pronounced her name "Margaret," despite the final "e."
How to Grow and Care for ×Graptoveria 'Margarete Reppin'
Light: ×G. 'Margarete Reppin' prefers full sun to partial shade. If you are moving your plant outside in the spring, do it gradually. The intense afternoon sun can cause sunburn. During the winter, when the plant is inside, place it near the brightest window in your home. It will stretch if it does not have enough sunlight.
Soil: This succulent needs a potting soil mix that drains quickly. Many growers will create their own mix. However, commercial succulent potting mixes will work fine.
Temperature: This plant is a tender succulent, which means it must be brought indoors for the winter to survive. ×G. 'Margarete Reppin' can withstand temperatures as low as 25 °F (-3.9 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9b to 11b, 25 to 50 °F (-3.9 to 10 °C).
Watering: Provide moderate amounts of water from spring to fall. The "soak and dry" method is the preferred schedule for watering ×G. 'Margarete Reppin'. If you have saucers under the pots, make sure after a short time to empty the water. Water your plant just enough to keep it from shriveling during the winter months.
Fertilizing: ×G. 'Margarete Reppin' grows well without fertilizer but may benefit from the extra nutrients. Use a slow-release fertilizer in spring, or a liquid fertilizer diluted 2 to 4 times more than usual and used less often than recommended.
Repotting: Repot the plant only as needed during spring or early summer when it is actively growing. To repot your ×G. 'Margarete Reppin', ensure the soil is dry before repotting.
Propagation: This succulent is propagated from leaves or stem cuttings. Spring is the best time to take cuttings.
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Toxicity of ×Graptoveria 'Margarete Reppin'
×G. 'Margarete Reppin' has no toxic effects reported. It is safe around pets and humans, although it is not advisable to eat it.
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