Graptoveria grow and care – succulent of the genus Graptoveria also known as Hens and Chicks, Graptoveria perennial evergreen plant used as ornamental plant can be as groundcover and its drought tolerant plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropics climate or as indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 10b-12 and with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.
Graptoveria leaves and flower
Leaves color can be: green, blue, purple, red, pink or orange, the shape wedge shape, pointed top can be sharp.
Flower color can be: pink, purple, peach white, yellow, orange or more than one color with five petals flowers grow in inflorescence grows on stems.
How to grow Graptoveria succulent – growing and care:
Well-drained soil, better light soil and little bit mix with sandy soil
How to care: Cut one a year and consider to put fertilizer at least once a year
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 10a, spring to summer in hardiness zone 10b, spring to autumn hardiness zone 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
Water requirement: Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? Yes
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, also choosing the soil it’s important and also to switch the soil once in few years when the soil loosing.
Bloom season: Summer
General information about the flower Five petals flowers color can be: pink, purple, peach white, yellow, orange or more than one color, flowers grow in inflorescence grows on stems
How to grow Graptoveria 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
Alternative names: Echeveria graptoveria, Hens and Chicks