Graptoveria Debbie Description
Our favorite echeveria-like succulent! Graptoveria Debbie boasts thick leaves with lavender-pink coloration that are attractively arranged on a rosette. What a wonder color accent photographed here in our deep rose pot.
Graptoverias are hardier than Echeverias and faster growing and much easy to start from leaf or stem cuttings. They tolerate full sun and a great deal of shade. We prefer this variety over Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg (which it resembles.) Debbie, was in our opinion a much better plant. Overall we are finding the Graptoverias do not rot out as easily as Echeverias do.
Grapatoveria enjoy full to so part shade.. Water regularly over the summer months letting the soil dry out between watering. Fertilize in the spring. Zone 9-11.Cold hardy to 20-30 degrees.
Special Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Evergreen, Foliage Interest, Heat Tolerant,Hummingbird Lovers, Indoor Growing, Winter Interest
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- Common Name:
Mexican Hens & Chicks
- Sun Exposure:
Sun, Part Shade
- Ship Form:
3 1/2"" pot
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- Height x Width:
6-8" X 10"
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- Bloom Season:
Accent, Alpine and Rock, Container Gardening, Edging, Ground Cover, Massing, Rock Garden, Small Spaces, Specimen
- Cannot Ship to:
CAN, HI, PR
- Patent #:None
Ideas and How-to's
What do you plant a succulent in?
Succulents will grow well in almost container that is a minimum of 4 inches deep and has holes in the bottom for drainage. Never use soil from your garden. Never use soil that is more peat than soil. Too much peat makes the soil too acid. Succulents need a loose soil that drains freely such as a commercial cactus and succulent potting soil, or you can mix your own using 5 parts per-lite, 4 parts bagged potting soil, 1 part coarse builder's sand. Once planted, top-dress the container soil with small river rock, gravel, aquarium stone, or a fine-grade roofing gravel, which help wick away moisture from the crown and prevent plants from rotting.
Do I need holes in my container for drainage?
- Water the planter normally than tip the planter sideways and drain out excess water. Poit-in-a-pot helps overcome any issue with drainage holes. Grow your succulents in a container that has drainage holes that can then rest inside a larger container with no drainage holes. After watering, remove the pot and tip the larger container over to drain excess water.
Recommended for You:
PLANTING GUIDESoil: Prefers average to sandy, well drained soil with pH range of 6.6 to 7.5. If the soil is not porous enough, add 3 inches of sand or other gritty material to increase drainage. Top the area with a layer of pebbles or small rocks to act as mulch. Light: Full sun to part shade -- In the heat of summer (or much of the year in the desert), echeverias appreciate protection from harsh sun. Situate them beneath shade cloth or lacy trees, and remove any leaf litter that collects in the crowns. It is best for plants grown indoors, when first taking them outdoors, to expose it to bright sunlight gradually to prevent sun scorch. Water: After establishment, water occasionally during the hot season. Be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Spacing: 6-12 inches Fertilizing: Echeveria rarely need fertilizer. If your plant seems a little pale and lethargic, use a water soluble fertilizer mixed about half strength, and less often than recommended.Winterizing: Not frost tolerant. Echeverias can be easily uprooted and over-wintered in nursery flats if frost is dependable. Give them plenty of bright light; a greenhouse is best, but a bright sun porch will do. Reduce water during winter to encourage dormancy; then, in spring, feed with a dilute liquid fertilizer (half-strength) to promote new growth. Maintenance & Pruning: Remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeveria are susceptible to mealy bugs. Divide clumps as needed in early spring.
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