GRAPTOPETALUM AMETHYSTINUM is a rare succulent that looks more like MOON ROCK THAN A PLANT. It has fleshy, rounded leaves in lovely shades of lavender, pink and green. Leaves have a powdery coating that adds to the eerie, koi rock look. Rosettes are up to 6 inches (15cm) in diameter. If grown in a hanging planter, the plant will spill over the edges up to 18 inches (45 I’m). Flowers are star-shaped, whitish yellow to pale yellow cross-banded with dark red. Graptopetalum belongs to the CRASSULACEAE family and is native to WEST-CENTRAL MEXICO and the UNITED STATES. It is related to ECHEVERIA.
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 lead until it shrivels up and falls off. By then, the new little plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves.
The shades of ROSE AND LAVENDER are strongest among the new leaves, while the older leaves become greenish. Rubbing off its powdery coating makes the shades more vivid. BE CAREFUL though with the plant, because the leaves of this spoon or egg-shaped rosette are EASILY KNOCKED OFF. The STEMS WILL EASILY BREAK PARTICULARLY when the rosette becomes DROOPY and long as the plant will spill over the pot. So, to AVOID those things here are some advice:
> Trim REGULARLY and RE-ROOT this plant.
>Keep in mind; this plant starts turning soft yellow when it RECEIVES TOO MUCH SUN.
>Although this occurrence is rare, it’s best to MOVE THE PLANT IN A SPOT WITH LESS LIGHT.
>Similar to Echeveria plants, these plants are known to be TENDER SUCCULENTS.
>They perform best in warmer climates and are not cold hardly like some Sedum and Sempervivum.
WATERING AND FEEDING
These succulent plants have thicker leaves with the ability to STORE WATER INTERNALLY, which means they are able to survive WITHOUT WATER FOR A LONGER DURATION. This plant needs moisture just like people to grow optimally.
Check the soil moisture and water if it feels dry.
Let the soil absorb the water and RECHECK the moisture level AFTER A FEW HOURS.
Water more frequently during the summer season, and cut the watering drastically in the WINTER SEASON.
OVER WATERING will destroy this plant.
Feed with a LIQUID succulent fertilizer throughout its growing period, during the summer and spring seasons.
Provide MINIMAL water during the WINTER MONTHS.
Few more things to know more about Graptopetalum Amethystinum:
This species does well in CULTIVATION, and it may be grown in FULL SUN under COOL COASTAL CONDITIONS, but a little bit of shade suits it in HOTTER INLAND AREAS. As usual with plants that grow in rocks.
This slow growing pink beauty can grow up to 30 cm high and is often pendulous. Has soft pink pruinose leaves early in the season fading to a grey color. Leaves are basically fat and chubby but can be quiet long 3 to 7 cm and 2.5 to 4 wide.
This plant looks great planted in a TALLER POT when the stems are allowed to grow long and hang down. Can be clump forming with longer stems or multi headed. The coloring of this slow growing plant makes it much desired plant in people’s collections. Good drainage and slower growing are the best way to grow this plant, don’t rush it as its leaves get too big. This one has striking small red flowers on approximately 10 cm branching stems.