Graptoveria opalina of the Crassulaceae family is a beautiful succulent that looks as if it was made specially in heaven. Besides the fact that graptoveria opalina is very pleasing to the eyes, it is also very easy to grow.Graptoveria Opalina Care Infographic Plant America

Continue reading to learn how to grow, care for, and propagate the stunning succulent.

Graptoveria Opalina Care

Growing graptoveria opalina is very easy, especially if you already have experience growing succulent plants in your garden. With a little care and attention, your graptoveria opalina should grow strong and healthy.

SoilPlanting or Hanging

You can plant your graptoveria succulent in a rock or succulent garden or even in hanging pots. Plant the seedlings in poor gritty soil outdoors. For potted plants, you can use a cactus or succulent mix for the plant. The point is that your graptoveria opalina substrate should have very good water drainage.

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Make sure that your pots have holes through which water can be discharged. Also, use a well-drained medium for your graptoveria opalina as the roots of your plant can get root rot if the plant sits in water for long.

LightLight

Graptoveria opalina needs full sunlight, which means more than six hours of daily sunlight. The vibrant colors of the plant leaves depend on the amount of light that they receive.

When you grow graptoveria opalina in partial light, the leaves will appear green and not so pleasant-looking. To get the bright colors of graptoveria opalina, you’d need to place the plant in a location where it can get enough sun.

If you intend to have it as an indoor plant, you should place your succulent plant pot on the south-facing windowsill.

TemperatureTemperature

Graptoveria opalina is hardy in zones 10a-11b. This means that the minimum temperature to grow the succulent is 30-50 F. If the temperature in your region gets lower than that for more than three hours, you should consider transferring your plants indoors during the winter.

WaterWater

Like other succulents, you should only water your graptoveria opalina once weekly in the growing season. Before watering the plant, put your hand into the soil or potting mix. If the substrate feels moist, wait a day or two before you water the plant.Watering Graptoveria Opalina Plant America

In winter and fall, you should not water the plant. Also, pay attention to the leaves of the graptoveria opalina to make sure that water does not stay on them for long. You should water the plants early in the day so that the water can be completely dry before night comes.

FertilizingNutrients

One very cool feature of graptoveria opalina plants is that even though they are very beautiful, they can grow in nutrient-depleted soil. The only thing to consider when planting your graptoveria opalina is the moisture content of the substrate and not the nutrients inside it.

You can grow graptoveria opalina without fertilizer, but if you wish to give your plants nutrients, give them quarter-strength succulent fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season. You can feed your graptoveria opalina with slow-release fertilizer as well.

 

Propagation

Succulent plants may be challenging to grow, but they are very easy to propagate. The best way to propagate graptoveria opalina plants is to nurture them until they are mature enough to produce seeds and offset. Here are three major ways to propagate graptoveria opalina:

– Seeds

You can propagate your graptoveria opalina plant by seeds. After flowering in late spring, your graptoveria opalina will produce seeds, if it has been successfully pollinated. Collect the seeds and dry them for three to four days.

Propagate Graptoveria Opalina Plant by Seeds Plant America

Place the seeds on a suitable substrate and cover them with a very thin layer of sand. Water the seeds by misting them, and in a few days, you should see that they have germinated.

You should plant more seeds than you need so that when they germinate and start growing, you can select the fastest-growing seedlings while you remove the others.

– Leaf Cuttings

If you cannot wait for your graptoveria opalina to produce seeds, you can propagate them by cutting the leaves. Simply use scissors to cut a segment of the stem in which there are healthy leaves. When you have the cutting, keep it in direct sunlight for some days before planting.Propagate Opalina Plant by Seeds Plant America

You can plant the cutting directly into the substrate, or you can increase its chance of survival by dipping it into a rooting hormone. Remember to water the cutting, and in less than a month, you should see a new set of leaves growing.

– Offsets

Graptoveria opalina produces offsets that you can collect and transfer to a new pot. Simply remove the substrate to reveal the root of the offset and then twist it away from the mother plant. If you plant the offset immediately in a new substrate, do not water it for a week.

GroomingGrooming

Graptoveria opalina does not need grooming or regular pruning. You should only prune off dead and dying leaves, as decaying leaves can introduce harmful microbes into the substrate. Almost the same requirements are applied to other varieties such as graptoveria debbie.

Problems

Graptoveria opalina is fairly easy to cultivate, but you can face some challenges. Some examples are:

– Leggy Succulent

If your graptoveria opalina plants are growing uncontrollably tall and weak, you should check the lighting condition. In the absence of sufficient light, graptoveria opalina becomes very weak and susceptible to various pest infestations and diseases. Make sure that your plants receive six or more hours of direct sunlight daily.

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In winter or whenever there is not enough access to sunlight, you can grow your graptoveria opalina under grow lights.

– Pest Infestation

You are not the only one who finds graptoveria opalina beautiful. Pests such as mold, aphids, mealybugs, etc. can attack your plant if you give them the chance.

Pest Infestation in Graptoveria Plant America

Most of these pests usually attack plants that are already in poor conditions, so you should give your graptoveria opalina access to sufficient sunlight for six or more hours, as we said previously. 

– Root Rot

Due to the tender nature of graptoveria opalina plants, you may notice that some leaves are becoming brown, falling, and your plant is dying. The major cause of the damage or death of a succulent such as graptoveria opalina is root rot.

Root rot is caused by harmful fungi that attack plants sitting in too much water. Graptoveria opalina plants do not need a lot of water and when they do get too much of it, their roots start to decay. To correct root rot, use the tips below:

  • Do not water the plant for two to three weeks: If root rot occurs in the growing season, cease to water the plant for a considerable long period so that the damaged roots can wither away.
  • Remove the plant from that location: If your plant does not receive direct sun (for six or more hours), it can be attacked by root rot due to humidity. Keep the graptoveria opalina on a south or east-facing windowsill.
  • Water cautiously only in the morning: If you water your plant in the morning, sunlight can help remove excess water by evaporation. Remember to water the plant only once per week or wait even longer before you water it.
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