Graptoveria Opalina is a succulent that grows really fast. The plant was created in 1988 by Robert Grim, a succulent breeder based in California. It is a hybrid of Echeveria colorata and Graptopetalum amethystinum.
The succulent has bluish-green leaves, but when grown in a sunny area, the leaves tend to have pink edges. If you care for it correctly, in the spring,
Graptoveria Opalina produces yellow flowers. As it grows, the plant creates a small shrub making it ideal for your rock garden or hanging garden.
This guide will discuss everything you need to know about Graptoveria Opalina, from care, propagation, diseases to watch out for, and so much more.
How do I Care for My Opalina Graptoveria?
Like other succulents, Graptoveria Opalina is easy to grow and care for. It requires very little fertilizer, water, or attention. Here are some of the basic requirements to grow healthy plants.
Sunlight and Temperatures
The succulent thrives best in areas with warm temperatures. If you live in an area colder than 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s best to grow the plant in a container that can be brought indoors.
The plant typically needs about 6 hours of sunlight a day. The amount of sunlight the plant receives determines its color. It gains a pretty pink tinge around its edges and leaf tips when grown in plenty of sunlight. Compared to full sun, when it is grown in only part sun, the foliage will retain a powdery blue-green hue.
Grow your Graptoveria Opalina in full sun for a gorgeous pink edge on the leaves
Watering and Fertilizer Requirements
You should water your Graptoveria Opalina once every couple of weeks. If the soil is well-drained, you can water more often. The simplest way to tell if your plant needs water is to poke a finger into the soil. If the soil is dry, the plant needs water. However, you need to ensure that you don’t overwater because it could lead to root rot which could kill your precious plant.
Also, avoid watering directly on top of the leaves because, if the plant is in direct sunlight, it may suffer sunburns. If the plant is indoors, direct contact of the water with the leaves can lead to freezing, especially in cold weather.
The succulent is quite hardy even in poor soils and therefore does not require a lot of fertilizer. A little application at the beginning of the planting should be enough to keep your plant healthy and happy. A fertilizer balanced for succulents and diluted to one-quarter strength works best for Graptoveria Opalina.
What Diseases is Graptoveria Opalina Susceptible to?
If you take care of your plant, it will remain healthy and evergreen for years. Graptoveria Opalina, like all succulents, is prone to root rot if the soil is not well-drained. Too much water can also lead to mold infestation and pest invasion from aphids and mealybugs.
How Do You Propagate Graptoveria Opalina?
It’s possible to propagate Graptoveria Opalina from cuttings, offsets, or seeds. You can also propagate this succulent from leaves, but they take longer to sprout than cuttings and offsets.
You’ll notice some offsets growing at the base of any Graptoveria Opalina. Propagating using these offsets requires you to pull them out carefully, so you don’t destroy their delicate roots. A great way to do this is to use a chopstick to gently poke at the roots to knock the soil off. Then, place them on a surface to dry for a day or two before replanting them.
You should use a sharp but sterile knife or scissors when propagating using cuttings. Ensure to cut slightly above the leaves which lie on the stem. Just like propagating with offsets, you should allow the cutting to dry for a day or two before replanting.
If you want to use seeds, you will have to wait until the flowering season during spring. Once you collect seeds from flowers, put them on top of well-drained soil and mist them regularly until they sprout. Once they sprout, begin taking care of your succulent like normal.
What is the Difference Between Graptoveria and Echeveria?
Graptoveria plants closely resemble Echeveria plants because they are related. Despite the resemblance, there are some major differences between the two succulents.
One difference is in the look of their leaves. Graptoveria plants have thicker leaves compared to those of Echeveria. Even though Echeveria leaves aren’t exactly thin, when placed side by side with Graptoveria, they appear thinner.
Most Echeveria succulents have smooth leaves that have pointed edges. Some Echeveria may have curly or round leaves, depending on the variety. Graptoveria leaves are rounder and appear more bulbous. Another major distinction is that Graptoveria leaves are coated with a powdery substance called pruinose that gives the plant a whitish-grayish appearance.
The growth of these two succulents is also different. The Echeveria plant growth pattern is often described as “hen and chicks.” This is because the main plant grows into a thick stem, and some small offsets cluster beneath it. On the other hand, a Graptoveria succulent grows long stems that hang around the planter.
The size of the two plants can also help you distinguish them from each other. A Graptoveria plant grows about 8″ (20 cm) tall and 6″ (15 cm) wide. Echeveria is slightly smaller and doesn’t grow larger than a foot in height and width.
Is Graptoveria Opalina Poisonous?
Graptoveria Opalina is not poisonous to humans or animals, thus making it ideal for homes with small children or pets.
Graptoveria Opalina is one of the most common types of succulents because it is so easy to care for. It can be grown indoors or outdoors and produces beautiful yellow flowers in the spring. Graptoveria can be propagated using several techniques and since it isn’t poisonous, it’s perfect for kids and pets.