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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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.

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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.

Did You Know There’s Beautiful Succulent Candles?

Did You Know There's Beautiful Succulent Candles

What’s green, blue, red, or purple, is cute, brightens your living space and also lights up your room? You wouldn’t believe it, but the answer is a succulent candle!

It has always been a beautiful thing to have succulents to decorate your home, cook or add them in a salad, use as medicine, and to clean your indoor air. Their presence is a gift that keeps on giving. But perhaps you are not so equipped with the skills to keep one alive, but you still appreciate their aesthetics. Luckily, there are candles shaped like these beauties not only to add spice to your everyday life but also glow up the room.

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Types

Quite frankly, there are infinite kinds of succulents candles out there. There possibly exists a candle or more in the exact shape and color as all succulent species known to man. The major differentiating factor, however, will be if the candle is scented or unscented. Such that for a scented cactus plant succulent candle, there exists an unscented replica of it. Below are more different ways these succulent candles are manufactured.

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Stand Alone

The stand-alone kinds come molded in a fire-resistant material such as a metallic bucket, ceramic or glass artifacts that do not need to be held in to place by anything else. The containers ideally look like planters and can be purchased singly or as a set of candles. These sorts are available in different sizes, and you may acquire whatever size you deem fit for you. Check out this stand-alone stand for your succulent candle.

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Floating

Floating succulent candles are ideally the smaller kinds that can easily fit into bigger containers filled with water. The underlying material these succulent candles come lodged on is either sponge or wooden. Basically, any element that floats on water. They may be placed in homemade ponds and in water-filled bowls.

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Assorted Terrariums

Some succulent candles are bought as a terrarium of assorted lights. They differ in color, shape, and sizes that make the perfect scenery of a fairy garden. The size of the terrariums can be designed by themes such as a medieval landscape or a miniature botanical garden.

 

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DIY

Well, these styles are the ones that you make as your DIY project. Today, especially there are so many tutorials on the internet to guide you into making any that you wish to. As long as you follow the guidelines to the latter, you will have your succulent candle lit in under thirty minutes ready to sparkle your bathroom sink.

Safe Places To Place Them

After making or buying these fantastic candles, you have to find the perfect location to put them. Remember, candles; the conventional flame ones, are a fire hazard. Therefore the position you choose to place them has to be a safe zone first and foremost. Below are some of those spaces.

Undressed Tables

Undressed tables are perfect locations to place your succulent candles. First of all, they will add character to your desk, and most importantly, not be a fire hazard. The chances of you knocking over a candle placed in the middle of the table are quite rare, making it a safe spot.

Concrete Stands

Concrete stands are another spot that your succulent lights will look marvelous placed on. They are cool to touch, and this is advantageous because, in case of a spill, the wax dries off on contact. And secondly, when the candle burns to the end, it will just go off and not cause a fire.

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Bathrooms

People find placing candles, especially scented ones, to be very relaxing when placed in the bathroom. Having small scented jade plant succulent candles will, therefore, be a notch higher from the normal. A touch of class and a sweet aroma to help you unwind during your bath. The contrasting shades of the bright white color of the tiles to the vivid greens and reds of the candles makes the bathroom a room you never want to leave.

Staircases & Hallways

Wide stairs and hallways are also great locations you may place your little lights at. They are a great alternative to using light bulbs on hallways and stairs. These lights, however, must be placed a few inches away from the wall, and the owner must continuously keep an eye on them in case of anything.

Spots To Never Place Candles

Having a candle can be a fabulous addition to your household, although you must never place theses succulent candles in the locations mentioned below.

Near Drapings

Candles must never be placed near anything that dangled from above. Especially if they are made of a material that can catch fire easily. That includes curtains, sheers, clothing, and nets.

On or Near Books

They may look awesome set on your bookshelf, but this is a no-no. Paper can catch fire as soon as it gets into contact with a spark or a flame. Additionally, the wax can get on your books and make a complete mess that will end up destroying your books.

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Near The Bed

Setting these succulent candles on your bed stand may seem like a good idea, but it is highly discouraged. The reason being is that you may doze off and leave the candle unattended, and the candle may send a spark to your bedding and cause a fire. And considering the mattress burns very first, you may hurt yourself or your loved one by forgetting to put it off when you slept.

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Places Children & Pets Can Access

Toddlers and pets are generally curious and will, for sure, get fascinated by these plants that light up. Because of this, they will want to find out more by touching them. And this is a danger because they may burn themselves, set something on fire or eat the wax, which is not safe for consumption.

Smart Candle Safety Rules

As a precautionary you must always do the following;

Put off the candlewick completely whenever you are done with them. Make sure the wick is not smoking or glowing as then they may rekindle and continue burning without your knowledge.

For the succulent candles that do not come in containers, always put them in a candle holder so that they do not make a mess with the wax and when they burn to the bottom they will not set fire on anything else.

For a cleaner neater burn, always cut the wick to 1/4 inches before burning. At this height, even when there is a draft, a spark is least likely to fly off to a flammable material nearby.

If you are to burn the succulent lights in bulk, space the candles at least 3 inches apart. At this distance, they will not melt each other faster since there is ample space for each to burn at their own pace.

Last but not least, always have a fire extinguisher nearby in case an accident occurs, and something catches fire. It is true what they say better safe than sorry and having an extinguisher is as safe as you can get.

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Now that you know of succulent candles, you should gift yourself one or two to add some glam to your apartment. But always take caution while handling these beautiful little flames.

Thank you for reading! Be sure to leave a comment below letting us know how your succulent candles are looking in your home. Be sure to also check out “Best Succulent Arrangements You Have to See” for more DIY ideas to do with your succulents at home.

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