All About Graptoveria Opalina

Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is a hybrid succulent plant that produces clusters of tight rosettes of smooth, upright, thick leaves of a pale bluish-green color, which, when grown on direct bright light, blush with a soft pink at the tips and the margins of the leaves. This succulent spreads like a small shrub as it grows, reaching a size of up to 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide. In late spring, this plant produces short branches of yellow flowers with an orange center. It has typical characteristics of succulents, from the need for dry soils to resistance to cold climates. Because it is a non-toxic decorative plant, it is safe to have it in homes with pets or small children without any danger.

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Hybrid Succulent


The Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ can be cultivated both in partial shade and in the direct Sun easily. This second option is the best to highlight the pinkish color it can present in its leaves. Interestingly, this coloration on the plates can vary over a broad spectrum depending on the amount of direct light provided. If we keep this plant in the shade, its leaves will take on a powdery bluish-green appearance. This succulent plant is hardy in temperatures up to 30 ° F.

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Irrigation & Watering

The irrigation that this plant requires is relatively scarce, being moderate, approximately every two weeks in the summer, spring, and autumn and more reduced during the winter. This method is to avoid damage due to low temperatures. Some important aspects to consider when watering are that we must allow the soil to dry completely before watering. This plant is very susceptible to water, and to avoid possible damage and infestation and root rot, and kill our plant; we must be careful in the amount of irrigation.

If we have our Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ in a pot, we must allow total drainage of the humidity before watering again. It is also important to avoid spraying the leaves directly since if it is in direct Sun, they could suffer burns, and, if the temperature is shallow, damage by freezing. Being very tolerant in poor soils does not require much fertilization; a little at the beginning of each growing season will be enough to keep it healthy and with strong growth.

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Cultivation of Opalina

Depending on the cultivation site, be it direct soil or a pot, the soil’s quality that this succulent requires can vary. In natural soil, Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ can withstand lower, sandy, and porous conditions. In contrast, plants of this species grown in pots can survive with a mixture of sandy soil and topsoil. It is essential to mention that, in both cases, the ground must have excellent drainage to prevent diseases in the root of the plant. Suppose it is kept cultivated in direct soil, in those seasons where the temperatures are very low or even hailstorms. In that case, it should be considered to cover it and protect it since Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is resistant to low temperatures, but only for short periods. In being in a pot, we should only move it inside when these freezing seasons begin.

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Growth of Opalina

If this succulent Opalina is grown in a place with direct bright light, it requires little maintenance; however, if it develops in partial light or shade, it can begin to create long legs and need some extra care. Besides, if grown in the shade, the plant would not count with the particular pink coloration in its leaves; instead, these would only be bluish-green. We must be careful since the major diseases that this plant can present are due to excess water, either by irrigation or by being located in a humid, poorly ventilated, and cold environment. Extra shade, dryness, or heat can also be a problem, so we must be attentive to the signs of any of these cases.
The Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ growth is usually more active and accelerated during cold and winter seasons. Later in the hot and summer seasons, this is a curious characteristic since it is a subtropical succulent. It grows, dispersing well below and around the mother rosette, usually creating numerous suckers in its growing seasons.

Features:-

This succulent plant is easy to propagate using cuttings, seeds, or offsets. To grow it through cuttings, you only need to cut a leaf from the main floor, then, you must let the cutting rest for a few days and place it on a bed, be it direct soil or a pot, but it must have good drainage. Finally, You only have to water the plant when it needs it, and it will begin to grow as a mother rosette as the days go by, and voila, a new Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ would enter the family.

If you want to use seeds, we must make sure that the temperature is warmer. Find a place that we consider suitable, and plant them, only watering when the soil is dry and always making sure that it has good drainage. Depending on the ground and temperature, germination can vary in speed but shouldn’t take more than a few weeks. When germination is ready, the plant will begin to produce small rosette offsets. If we want to propagate it more, we have to cut these offsets. Let them dry for one or two days, and plant them in suitable soil with moderate irrigation.

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Conclusion

To Conclude, main way to propagate this plant is through a leaf, although this is a slightly slower process. We need to select a plate and gently tear it off the stem, ensuring that no part of the leaf remains on the branch. We leave it for a day or so and plant it where we want, and it will begin to grow and slowly become a rosette.
When selecting a place to plant it, we must take into account that if we sow it in a pot, we must change it every two years to a larger one until it reaches its maximum size so that its roots have enough space and it continues its growth in a stable and healthy.

If we plant it in direct soil, we should not do this. But we will have to be careful when watering and infestations. A Graptoveria ‘Opalina,’ when well cared for, tends to stay relatively healthy. But sometimes, it is inevitable to attract the attention of some pests, such as aphids and mealybugs; if the plant begins to show signs of these pests’ presence, we must act immediately to eliminate them. All this to help keep it healthy and beautiful in our garden or inside our house.

Pachyveria

FACT SHEET – PACHYVERIA
GenusX Pachyveria
FamilyCrassulaceae
CultivarsPachyveria bea, Pachyveria myrtilla, Pachyveria scheideckeri, Pachyveria powderpuff, Pachyveria clavata
Other NamesJeweled crown, Little jewel
SunlightFull sunlight, Partial shade in higher temperatures.
Temperature7°C minimum
ClimateArid, Semi-Arid
PropagationLeaves, Stem cuttings
Height3-7 inches
WaterThirsty during summer, reduce in winter
OthersVulnerable to aphids, thrips and mealy bugs.

The rosette-shaped Pachyveria genus is a group of petite, very beautiful, hybrid succulents that grow to a height of 2 to 6 inches.

But wait, hold up, you’re probably scratching your head wondering just what is a “hybrid succulent”? 

Well, let’s expound on that a bit before we proceed any further.

What is a Hybrid Succulent?

Hybridization is when two plants of different species are cross-bred, producing another new species.

Concerning succulents, the Pachyveria is a hybrid cross between the Pachyphytum and Echeveria genus of succulent.

The offspring of hybridized plants are called cultivars, and cross-breeding the Pachyphytum + Echeveria genus produces at least eight cultivars, of which we shall talk about below.

Popular Pachyveria Cultivars

Pachyveria cultivars are some of the most sought-after succulent species out there, and it’s not hard to see why. 

With their petite size (2-6″), unique rosette structure, and thick bluish-green leaves with red and purple accents, these succulents are adorable. 

Now let’s have a look at seven common, most beloved Pachyveria cultivars:

WARNING: Heart-stopping, mind-numbing, levels of cute ahead. If you’re allergic to sweet, tiny, little succulents no bigger than your thumb, we suggest turning back now.

1.     Pachyveria ‘Powder Puff’

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One of the most appealing succulents we have ever come across, the Pachyveria’ Powder Puff’ also goes by Kobayashi or Exotica’s name. 

This ‘Powder Puff’ beauty comes highly recommended. Flaunting its marvelous silver-blue leaves with violet and purple highlights, it is a stunning specimen.

2.     Pachyveria ‘Little Jewel’

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This tiny succulent has thick spike-shaped leaves in a silver-blue colorway with a hint of red towards the tip of each leaf. 

3.     Pachyveria ‘Scheideckeri’

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Another favorite among succulent enthusiasts and professional landscapers alike, the Scheideckeri – just like its peers – rocks silver bluish-greenish leaves coated in a kind of waxy, silvery powder called farina. 

4.     Pachyveria ‘Bea’

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Similar to other Pachyveria cultivars, the Pachyveria’ Bea’ has bluish-gray leaves with a faint red/pink tint at the tips. The leaves on the ‘Bea,’ however, are long and taper towards the end, giving the leaf a sort of pointy look. 

5.     Pachyveria ‘Myrtilla’

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Also known as Pachyphytum’ Violescens’ in certain regions, this cultivar inherits its flat, spoon-shaped leaves from its Echeveria parent succulent. 

Nevertheless, its unique leaves are a predominantly red color with green and purple hues seeping out at random intervals. 

6.     Pachyveria ‘Clavata’ 

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Its flattened elongated leaves share a similar color scheme with its cultivar peers, namely silvery green/blue with pinkish-red accents. 

Nevertheless, this cultivar stands out due to its height – in summer, Pachyveria’ Clavata’ shoots out a 10-inch high stem upon which its cluster of red/pink flowers blooms.

7.     Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

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Pachiveria ‘Clavifolia’ 

Also known as the Jeweled Crown, the Pachiveria’ Clavifolia’ is an absolute cutie pie. This petite cultivar flaunts thick, fleshy, compact leaves with a silvery green color scheme. 

Each leaf has an almost imperceptible point that takes on a reddish pink hue when grown in full sunlight.   

Growing Pachyveria

Growing hybrids is the same as growing any other succulent. 

Meet their basic requirements, and you’ll soon find yourself with a bunch of healthy, pretty green little guys. 

Soil

Like its succulent siblings, Pachyveria will appreciate a quick-drain soil mix with significant aeration and drainage properties. 

Moreover, we recommend pre-mixed porous cactus soil for the best results. Ask for cactus/succulent soil mix at your nearest gardening store. 

Suppose you prefer a more DIY, hands-on approach. In that case, you can make your soil-mix from the comfort of your home with readily available ingredients as detailed in this article by Succulent City’s in-house botanical experts:

Learn how to DIY your planting soil at home: 

How To Make Your Succulent Soil At Home

Light & Temperature

Pachyveria loves sunlight and will grow well in sunny areas such as patios, window sills, and the like.

If you place your succulents in direct sunlight during hot summer days, remember to move them into the partial shade to protect the plant system from overheating. A daily 6 hours of direct sunlight will be enough to keep your Pachyveria healthy and robust.

Higher than necessary temperatures will result in a soft and stretched succulent, which isn’t a beautiful sight. 

Don’t leave Pachyveria outside during the winter season. Instead, opt to bring it indoors and place it under grow lamps as a substitute for sunlight. 

Watering

Similar to any other succulent, a foolproof way to know if you should water your Pachyveria is by taking a pinch of soil and feeling it. If the ground feels dry for the touch, you have the green light to proceed and water your succulents.

Avoid pouring water on the plant’s leaves. Instead, try to aim directly for the ground. 

Thus, excess water on the Pachyveria’s leaves will interfere with the appearance and production of farina – the waxy silvery powder that coats the leaves of Pachyveria and its cultivars.

Furthermore, remember that over-watering your succulent is a huge no-no. Succulents are hardy plants, and you do not need to water them every day. 

Daily watering is a mistake beginners make, and it only serves to get your succulent afflicted with the dreaded root rot.

Learn more about root-rot : 

What is root-rot? How to fix it.

Pots

You are free to choose any kind of planter for your Pachyveria; steel, plastic, or our favorite, terracotta. 

No matter what planter you use, one basic rule applies – ensure your pot has a drainage hole drilled into the bottom. 

The drainage hole will give the stagnant water a way to escape and run off instead of sitting in your planter and rotting your Pachyveria’s roots. 

As we mentioned earlier, succulents do not tolerate overwatering or excess water of any kind. 

Learn how to choose the best pot for your succulents:

Choosing suitable pots for succulents – A guide by Succulent City  

Propagating Pachyveria

Pachyveria and its cultivars propagate via stem and leaf cuttings, though it’s the stem cuttings that tend to give faster results. 

With regard to stem cuttings, give it a few days to dry before putting the cutting in a planter full of cactus soil mix. Keep the planter in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and let it sit for a couple of days. If everything goes well, the cuttings should begin sprouting roots after the 3rd day. 

If you’re unable to get stem cuttings, you can use leaf cuttings and still get the same results, albeit it will take longer. We recommend the use of leaf cuttings if you plan on growing a large number of plants. 

Simply spread a layer of moist soil on a flat surface – a tray should work. Line your leaf cuttings on the moist soil and place the tray in a dry corner away from direct sunlight. Within a week, you should notice the leaves forming roots out of the calloused ends. 

As you can no doubt tell, it’s a pretty simple, straightforward process. 

So what are you waiting for? 

Get out there, plant something, and get your hands dirty!

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