Graptosedum California sunset grow and care – succulent subshrub of the genus Graptosedum also known as Graptosedum plant, Graptosedum California sunset perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant for the colored leaves can be as groundcover and its drought tolerant plant, can grow in subtropical, mediterranean, desert, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b+ and with the right care in hardiness zone 9a.
How to grow Graptosedum California sunset growing and care:
Well-drained soil, light soil
How to care: In hardiness zone of 9b-10a but be aware that the plant might die and need to cover in the winter, few days of frost in winter it can survive but better that the days won’t be together and better to grow it in hardiness zone 10b+.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (explanation bellow), / 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 shade location and let it 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.
Is it necessary to use vegetative reproduction? Yes, in order to get the same leaf color
Difficulties or problems when growing: Toxic for cats
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10a, spring to autumn hardiness zone 10b-11, all year in hardiness zone 12+
Pests and diseases: Snails, slugs
Pruning season: Autumn / Winter
How to prune: Dead leaves, for design
Size of the plant? 10-30 cm, 4-12 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
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
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half shade, perform better in full sun, in hot climate possible to grow it in half shape but in colder that plant might die in winter
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No, but possible over the winter to keep indoor until the last frost
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.
Bloom season? Spring / Summer
General information about the flower: Yellow flowers, petals oval with pointed top, there are 4 petals, flowers grow on stems with spoon shape leaves
How to grow from seeds
Sowing requirement: Location with light and better sandy or well ventilated soil and also good drainage is important
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry and dark place in room temperature
Sowing season: Spring will be better but possible in hardiness zone 10a spring to summer, in hardiness zone 10b-11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12 all year, better in hot summer location not to sow in the summer
How to plant: Need to plant in light soil, with good drainage overwater will cause problem in germination
Planting spacing: 20-30cm, (8-12 inches) for plant directly and for transplant 2*2cm (1*1 inch)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm (0.25inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Germination time: 2-4 weeks
Condition of seedling: Light with moist soil and well ventilated soil