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Graptopetalum paraguayense rooted plant


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Graptopetalum paraguayense or Ghost Plant, a native of Mexico, is a small succulent plant forming rosettes of gray leaves with a pinkish cast to them. Plants will reach about 1 foot in containers. Individual rosettes may reach 6 inches across. Leaves are very brittle and will fall off when the plant is handled.

White flowers 3/4" across show up in the Spring.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Graptopetalum paraguayense need full sun to light shade with a well-drained soil mix. We use a mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam to 2 parts sand or perlite. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry before watering again. Fertilize monthly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months, only water enough to keep the leaves from shriveling. Since the plants are brittle they should not be handled very much. Repotting is done in the spring before new growth starts.   

Graptopetalum paraguayense is easily propagated by leaf cuttings or stem cuttings. Leaves fall off whenever plants are handled, and these may be simply placed on top of moist sand. In about 4 weeks a new plant will sprout from the leaf.