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Graptoveria 'Olivia'

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Scientific Name

x Graptoveria 'Olivia'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: x Graptoveria

Description

x Graptoveria 'Olivia' is an intergeneric hybrid succulent that forms rosettes, up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter, of olive green leaves with a bronze sheen and a pink flush to its margins. It blooms in spring and summer, sending up a flower stalk, up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall, with pale yellow, star-shaped flowers.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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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 also 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 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 ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.

Parentage

x Graptoveria 'Olivia' is an intergeneric hybrid of unknown parentage, created by Renee O'Connell.

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