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Graptopetalum paraguayense

Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl

This Graptopetalum has beautiful trailing rosettes, perfect for a hanging pot. When grown in full sun, these Graptopetalums will turn yellow-pink, however in shade it will be bluish-grey.

Quick Look:

  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Rosettes grow up to 4″ (10 cm) wide
    Plant can grow to 1 foot (30 cm) and trail up to 3 feet (91 cm) long

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves and cuttings

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Graptopetalum paraguayense “Ghost Plant”

It's easy to mistake the “Ghost Plant” for an Echeveria. Although they are related, Ghost Plant stands out on its own. Look for small yellow flowers in the spring.

Watering

Graptopetalum should be watered using the “soak and dry” method. Be sure that the soil is completely dry after watering to avoid root rot and pests.

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Where to Plant

Ghost Plant should be planted in well-draining soil. Place in an area of your garden that receives full sun. If growing indoors, it tends to stretch quickly.

Fertilizing

This succulent should be fertilized in the early spring, when its growing season begins.

How to Propagate Graptopetalum paraguayense “Ghost Plant”

Ghost Plant is easily propagated by leaves or cuttings.

Leaves

To propagate Graptopetalum from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. Be sure that none of the leaf remains on the stem, or you will have a smaller chance of success.

Allow the leaf to dry out for several days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is completely dry.

Ghost Plant will also drop leaves and propagate on its own, making it an easy plant for those just beginning with propagation.

Cuttings

To propagate Ghost plant from cuttings, use a sharp, sterile knife or pair of scissors and cut a piece of the plant just above a leaf on the stem. Allow it to dry for a couple of days, and place in well-draining soil.

Commonly Mistaken For

Graptosedum ‘Ghosty'