Graptopetalum Paraguayense Care | Learn How To Properly Care For Graptopetalum Paraguayense “ghost Plant”

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Learn How To Properly Care For Graptopetalum Paraguayense "ghost Plant"


This is ghost plant. Get ready for its Latin name because it is a mouthful. It is grabbed opet. Alum Paraguayans took me a long time to practice, saying that one, but ghost plant or mother-of-pearl plant is a phenomenal, succulent, However, it is not suited for indoor growing. So this is one that you’ll want to grow if you are outdoors. In a zone 9 climate or above now, Zone 9 means that the lowest temperature rating for this plant is 20 degrees, however, as always. You want to make sure that you keep it a little bit warmer than that. If you’re gonna see periods of cold weather between, you know, about 20 to 30 degrees, you want to make sure you cover it with frost cloth or bring it inside for a little bit to protect it from that extended period of cold, but it can tolerate temperatures down to freezing fairly easily as long as it stays pretty dry. So let’s talk a little bit more about ghost plant. One of my favorite things about ghost plant is it is an incredible propagator. You can really easily propagate this just from removing a leaf and it’ll grow little new babies or you can also take cuttings. It also puts off a lot of new growth new offshoots all in its own. This plant is determined to survive. It just loves growing more, and it grows really, really rapidly, too, which is one of the reasons why it’s not a great indoor grower. Because without enough sunlight, it will stretch out substantially and it’s just really weakened growth. So if you do have this one inside and you notice that it’s getting really long, The leaves are really spaced out. It’s because it’s not getting enough light, and it’s growing so quickly it is actually a trailing succulent as well, so it the stems grow so long that it will grow over the edge of your pot and you can see. I have it planted here on the edge so that eventually it will grow over the side, but it does get these really long stems with a nice rosette at the end. Eventually, those stems are gonna get bare, and in that case, you can cut them off and replant them. It is also a again, it’s a full. Sun plant. Now it does not love full. Sun here in Arizona, I have discovered, but it does like about eight hours of bright sunlight every day in a relatively cool climate, so this one is a winter grower again, Most plants that grow in the winter, they don’t like the really really cold weather, but that’s where they’re gonna grow. The most is when the temperatures are a little bit more mild, so it will grow most actively in the spring and the fall, so be sure to give it enough water during that time, using this soak and dry method. And if you don’t know what the soak and dry mouth, it is be sure to watch my watering video, but essentially it’s just soaking the soil, so it’s completely wet and then letting it dry out completely before you water next. You’ll want to withhold water from it at least not giving it very frequent water in the summer when it’s really hot because it does not like the heat and it’s trying to conserve all of its energy when it’s dormant in this summer, so it doesn’t like to have a lot of extra water, so it’s not cold, Hardy. It does like to have water in spring and fall. You’ll also want to know it’s actually not generally considered toxic to humans or animals. I probably wouldn’t cess suggest ingesting it, but it is going to be safe around your pets, So keep that in mind. One of the other things I love about this. Plant is its called mother-of-pearl plant. The reason for that is it gets a variety of colors, depending on how much Sun and depending on the temperature as well. So right, now it’s kind of a bluish gray, which is its traditional color, but as it gets a little bit more sunlight or a little bit of stress, you’ll start to see some purples and even a little bit of an orange or bronzey color along the edge of the leaf, so it’s kind of a color-changing plant. You’ll see various colors throughout the year when it’s not getting enough light, it reverts back to either It’s kind of this bluish color or more of a green. So that’s also how you can know if it needs more or less. Sun that in conjunction with the stretching out stretching out is so common for this plant because it grows so fast. So you’ll probably find yourself cutting. Get back pretty frequently, but the great thing is every time you cut it back. It’s just gonna multiply and you’ll have more and more of these beautiful plants. This is definitely one. I would recommend if you want to test out leaf propagation. It has a really high success rate because it just wants to stay alive. So give this one a try. If you want to try growing succulents from leaves, it’s not a succulent. I generally recommend for beginners unless you’re growing outside and a climate really similar to San Diego, where the temperatures are really mild. It’s one that I found to keep it looking nice and compact takes a little bit more work. It does prefer to have dry roots, but again just following the soaked and dry method seems to work Really well for this plant. I would love to know your experience. Growing ghost plant feel free to leave a comment in below the other thing. I want to mention with this plant before we go is that it’s actually commonly confused with a couple other types of succulents, so one of them once it’s most commonly confused with is grab de sedum ghostie, which is a hybrid succulent, the biggest difference between ghostie and ghost plant. See how those names can get confusing. Is the rosette shape so or the leaf shape within the rosette. So the ghost plant crafts up a Talon Paraguayans. The one we’re talking about today has a lot longer leaves, and they’re a little bit More pointed, ghostie tends to have shorter fatter leaves, and they’re a little bit more rounded. Thankfully, they both have about the same care needs, so you’ll grow them in the same environment or climate. So if you have one or the other, it’s not a big deal if it’s incorrectly identified, but just know that those are commonly commonly confused and you’ll see them misidentified very frequently. There’s also a smaller version of ghost plant that it can also be confused with as well. The rosettes on this can grow to be about four inches wide and on the smaller hybrid its counterpart. They only get to be about two inches in size, but you should know that the can grow to be about three feet in length. They’ll really spread out if they’re on the ground or again. If they’re in a pot or on a Ledge, they will trail over the edge and have just this really nice, beautiful hanging rosette off of there. So share your experience with this in the description below. If you haven’t already be sure to like this video hit, subscribe and share it with all of your secular loving friends and I will see you next time !