Graptopetalum Superbum Care, Propagation & More

Being a plant enthusiast requires a lot of effort and discipline. But it doesn’t mean that it is not worthy. Having house plants added life, color, and improved air quality in our surroundings. Aside from these mentioned benefits of having a house plant, some people even take good care of plants to be mentally healthy. As we know, we live in isolation due to the pandemic, and many people look for various hobbies such as planting. There is a wide selection of plants available. Still, succulents are a popular type, especially for new plant lovers, as they are easy to take good care of and mostly survive in any environment. Continue reading this article and learn about a different kind of succulent, Graptopetalum superbum.

Origin and Features Graptopetalum Superbum

This plant is formerly known as Graptopetalum Pentrandum and is native to Mexico. It is a non-toxic plant for humans and animals, but it is advisable to wear gloves when touching them as some people are sensitive to the oils it produces. This plant is a type of succulent that comes from the Crassulaceae family. It has pale gray to lavender thick fleshy leaves. Graptopetalum superbum rosettes are open, flat, and up to 5 inches in diameter. The plant may grow up to 2 feet tall during late winter to early spring.

Graptopetalum superbum has multi-branched inflorescences, small, star-shaped flowers with yellow-green petals and red marking on the tips. Well grown and blooming Graptopetalum superbum will eventually develop a low spreading colony. This type of plant is lovely and commonly used for groundcovers, hanging baskets, containers, or spilling over walls. This Graptopetalum plant is very popular in rock, succulent, and Mediterranean gardens. Its beautiful color pops up in any house plant collection and garden. Aside from its appearance, this plant is also very popular because it is easy to grow and be placed indoors or outdoors.

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Water and Soil Requirements

Porous soil with excellent drainage is encouraged to be the planting soil for Graptopetalum superbum. It requires frequent watering during the summer months. Just make sure that you allow the water to drain thoroughly and let the soil dry out in between watering. Letting the solid of your Graptopetalum superbum dry and drain properly is essential to avoid root rot and pest infestations. Less watering is required during the winter months.

Ideal Sunlight and Temperature

Like most succulents, this one requires full sunlight to maintain its healthy and bloom beautifully. Its beautiful gray-lavender color will show in full daylight. It thrives in heat and tolerates drought. Graptopetalum superbum prefers temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit, although it may still survive in tolerate temperatures such as between 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit. It also likes humidity levels of 50% – 80%.

Fertilizer

You may feed fertilizer to this plant every once a year during its growing season. Don’t forget to dilute the fertilizer to ¼ strength before providing it to your plant. It is recommended to wait for the new leaves to grow before feeding your Graptopetalum superbum.

How To Propagate Graptopetalum superbum

How to Propagate by Leaves

Cutting soil the leaves off just about an inch or two above where it connects with the stem. Allow the leaf cuttings to callous for two to three days before planting. Choose a well-draining soil and water it a bit before plating the leaf cuttings. Allow it to grow for 6-8 weeks until they have the first batch of fully rooted Graptopetalum superbum. Remove your newly planted Graptopetalum superbum and place it on a bigger pot to grow.

How to Propagate by Offsets

You may use your hand or garden shears to remove the offsets attached to the mother plant. Let the baby Graptopetalum superbum callous for two to three days before planting them on a pot with well-draining soil.

How to Propagate by Seeds

You will need to allow your Graptopetalum superbum to grow for 2-3 years before harvesting your seeds. Allow the seeds to dry out for some days and make sure that it is no longer color green before planting. Soak your dried seed overnight before germinating them with your seed starting mix. You may use your hand to sow the seeds in pots. Allow it to grow for 6-8 weeks until they have fully rooted. You may now transfer your baby plant in a bigger pot to let it grow

Graptopetalum Superbum Winter Care

It is relatively easy to take good care of this succulent during winter. You will have to take note of the three things: ample light, water, and warmth. Avoid exposing your Graptopetalum superbum to any extreme temperatures, frigid temperatures. That is why if you live in a more relaxed place or experience winter, initially, you may opt to place it indoors. However, if you already have your Graptopetalum superbum outdoors, you may leave them outside and water them to avoid drying the soil. It is advisable to transfer it indoors if it experiences a hard frost. Don’t forget to place your Graptopetalum superbum in a location wherein it can get enough sunlight for nutrition and warmth.

potted graptopetalum superbum with purple leaves
Photo by @melissachai via Instagram

Pests and Diseases

  • Mealybugs – This type of pest is usually found on the stems. You may use insecticidal soap to eliminate mealybugs
  • Aphids – Since this type of pest is small and might not be visible, you may dab it with cotton or use chemical pesticides. Just make sure that it is not harmful to your Graptopetalum superbum.

Final Words

All in all, Graptopetalum superbum is a perfect addition to your house plants. Its beautiful color catches everyone’s attention and adds a flair to your place. Its gray-lavender color can grow and show beautifully in full sunlight. Aside from being beautiful, this plant is also very easy to take good care of. Just keep in mind to give it enough ample sunlight and water. We hope you may consider Graptopetalum superbum as the latest addition to your garden.

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