How to grow Graptopetalum paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayense grow and care – succulent of the genus Graptopetalum also known as Ghost Plant, Graptopetalum paraguayense perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant can be as groundcover and its drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics, temperate climate or as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 9+ and with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 8.

Graptopetalum paraguayense leaves and flower

Leaves color can be: green-gray and can be in the edge purple or red, the shape wedge shape, pointed top can be sharp and fleshy.

Flower color white in star shape there are 3 stars green and the smallest red, flower grow on in clusters.

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How to grow Graptopetalum paraguayense growing and care:

Well-drained soil, better light soil and little bit mix with sandy soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds / Vegetative reproduction – cutting can be from leaves or stems, cut in the base of the leaf will be better, possible to cut stems or in middle of the leaf, need to let the few days in location with shade and let it heal and dry little bit before put it in the soil, after this put the leaves of stems in the soil watering it with moist and don’t overwater also easier method it’s to bending a branch over and covering it with soil.

Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s easier to start by leaf or stem than to start by seeds

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Toxic for cats

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 8-9, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+

Pests and diseases:
Slugs, snails

Pruning season:
All year, but better in the winter

How to prune:
Old leaves, bloom stems and for design

Size of the plant:
15-40 cm, 6-16 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing, when start from seeds it’s really slow

Water requirement:
Small amount of water, let it dry between watering, in rainy location need to put under the plants in lava grit or something like that won’t let the water stay in the same place or plant it in higher location like raised-bed gardening, the plant is drought tolerant and possible to grow it in dry tropic / Average amount of water with good drainage

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (with a lot of light)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a pot, planter, flowerpot, containers:
Yes, growing containers it’s easy and need to make sure that there are enough holes for good drainage, also choosing the soil it’s important and also to switch the soil once in few years when the soil loosing, soil can be cactus potting mix or sandy soil and in the bottom of the pot to us little stone like pebbles or something like that.

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
White star flowers, there are 3 stars green and the smallest red, flower grow on in clusters.

Scientific name:

Graptopetalum paraguayense

How to grow Graptopetalum paraguayense

Graptopetalum paraguayense plant care

Graptopetalum paraguayense


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
  • Tropics Climate
Leaf color
  • Gray leaves
  • Purple leaf
  • Red leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Slow growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Succulent
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 12
  • Hardiness zone 13
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9