Graptopetalum Mendozae

Planting is not just a hobby for some people. Some people have a plant at home to have better air quality and as therapy or self-care. Plants are a part of everyone; at one point in our lives, we take good care of a plant, and maybe some of us are still interested in collecting new plants for our home. Various plants are available such as aerial plants, orchids, aquatic plants, shrubs, trees, etc. Any plant lover or green thumb will mostly choose a few types of plants they can take good care of at home. By reading this article, we will know more about a succulent called Graptopetalum Mendozae.

Succulents are known as low-maintenance plants and typically in most types of environments. Another reason for the popularity of succulents is their drought-resistant capability, making them a plant that quickly blooms and grows. Please continue reading to know more about its features, origin, and some care tips that can guide you on how Graptopetalum Mendozae survive.

Origin and Features of Graptopetalum Mendozae

Graptopetalum Mendozae originated in Mexico. It is a small succulent shrub with greenish-gray leaves that create rosettes. Its gray leaves tend to get darker during the summer season. It grows up to 6 inches tall, with rosettes up to 1.4 inches in diameter. It has erect to pendant stems or decumbent stems. The flowers are small, white, and star-shaped that bloom during winter. This succulent is generally known because of its unique appearance and is typically collected as a new beautiful collection of house plants.

Water and Soil Requirements

Just like every other succulent, Graptopetalum Mendozae does not need much watering. Remember that the water should not sit on the soil for too long, and excess watering should be avoided. Use the watering method called soak and dry to ensure that you are not letting any amount of water sit on the soil for too long. Plant your Graptopetalum Mendozae on a well-draining soil mixture to ensure that the ground allows the water to flow freely and continuously when you are watering.

Where to Place Graptopetalum Mendozae

Graptopetalum Mendozae needs strong sunlight. You have to make sure that you plant it in a place where it can get enough sunlight to grow beautifully. Full to partial sunlight is required, and it is better to plant it outdoors than indoors. Usually, Graptopetalum Mendozae prefers to grow at a warm temperature of around 10 degrees Fahrenheit. In case you live in a cool area, it is better to place this plant indoors than outdoors to keep it warm. This succulent prefers humidity below 50%.


Since Graptopetalum Mendozae grows slowly, you should not put too much fertilizer. You also have to double-check that you are only giving fertilizer to your Graptopetalum Mendozae during its growing season, which is from March to September. You only need to feed it once during its growing season. This plant gets its nutrition mainly from the sun that from fertilizer.

Potting and Repotting

Make sure you use a pot with enough drainage holes to avoid root rot. Graptopetalum Mendozae doesn’t also require too much repotting. You may repot your plant once it grows too big than its original pot, just to allow the plant to grow fully. In case you decided to repot your Graptopetalum Mendozae already, do not forget to use well-draining soil to keep your plant thriving.


Pruning your Graptopetalum Mendozae is not necessary. Pruning is only helpful if you want to maintain the size and shape of your plant. You may also prune your Graptopetalum Mendozae if there are already dead or dying leaves or branches. Pruning is helpful to your plant to thrive.

Winter Care

During winter, it is advisable not to leave your Graptopetalum Mendozae outdoors as they do not tolerate frost well. Below are other winter care tips for your Graptopetalum Mendozae.

  • Even when you place your plant indoors during the winter season, you have to make sure that it still gets enough sunlight for at least six hours a day
  • You also need to take a rest from watering your Graptopetalum Mendozae during the winter season to avoid root rot or lack of moisture
  • In case you can’t bring your plant indoors during the winter season, make sure to provide a barrier or shade for extreme snow or frostbite

Pests and Diseases

Common pests and diseases that might affect your Graptopetalum Mendozae are mealybugs, gray mold, powdery mildew, and spider mites. Note that these pests might be too small and therefore hard to spot. Due to this, you will have to be attentive to your plant for any signs of infestation. You may spray water or mild insecticide to remove these pests.

How to Propagate Graptopetalum Mendozae


  • Carefully remove a healthy leaf from the mother plant and make sure that you didn’t leave any part when removing a leaf
  • Allow the removed leaf to be callous from two to three days before planting
  • Plant your Graptopetalum Mendozae in a well-draining soil


  • Make sure that you can clean the knife or scissors properly you will use. You can do this by dipping the knife or scissors in alcohol
  • Cut a stem around 0.5 inches or maybe shorter and only cut the lead with a rosette on it
  • Allow the stem to callous for around two to three days; if the branch is relatively thicker, you may let it cruel for longer days
  • Plant the cutting in just enough soil and make sure that it is upright
  • Place the pot in indirect  sunlight and water it lightly once a week
  • Don’t forget to water your Graptopetalum Mendozae when that soil drys out


  • To continue using this method, you will have to wait for a few years for the mother plant to produce an offset
  • Use a clean, sharp knife to remove the offset
  • Clean the extra soil from the removed offset and allow it to be callous for two to three days before planting
  • Plant your Graptopetalum Mendozae in a well-draining soil
  • Don’t forget to water your Graptopetalum Mendozae when that soil drys out


  • Propagating through seedings is not recommended as it takes a lot of years before knowing if you succeeded or not
  • To successfully follow this method, make sure that you plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture
  • Better to place your pot indoors or in a more relaxed place


Final Words

After reading the article, are you in love now with Graptopetalum Mendozae? It is a unique succulent that blooms during winter and has a grayish color that makes it attractive. Like most succulents, this one is easy to grow and takes good care of. Just make sure that it is getting enough sunlight and watering it correctly to avoid root rot. You are letting your Graptopetalum Mendozae grow properly. Its beautiful greenish-gray leaves are a favorite among succulent enthusiasts. The leaves will get more nutrients and maintain their attractive appearance with full to partial sunlight.

For whatever reason you decided to get a new plant baby for your own home or garden, we hope that you may consider Graptopetalum Mendozae. It is a beautiful, unique plant that will surely level up your house plant collection. We also hope that you continue to get curious about other plants available for you, and may you also take good care of them properly. May you also bloom!


Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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