×Graptoveria 'Opalina' is an attractive succulent that produces clusters of tight rosettes of pale blue-green leaves with a hint of pink tones on the tips and margins when grown in bright light. The rosettes grow up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall and up to 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. Leaves are thick, smooth, and upright-held leaves. In late spring appear the short branching inflorescences bearing yellow flowers with orange centers.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 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.
The 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 ghost plant had rooted and sprouted new leaves.
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