Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’
This reddish-colored rosette succulent with very thick leaves grows well via leaf propagation. The compact rosettes are similar to Echeveria. Watch for white blossoms in the Spring.
Full sun to partial shade
Not suited for indoor growing
Typical water needs for a succulent
Plant grows up to 12″ (30 cm) tall
Plant grow up to 9″ (23 cm) wide
Zone 10a (Minimum 30° F | -1.1° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation by leaves, cuttings, seeds, and offsets
Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
Actively grows in Spring and Fall
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Care and Propagation Information
General Care for Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ is a hybrid of Graptopetalum paraguayensis “Ghost Plant” and Sedum adolphii. It is a popular succulent among collectors. The reddish leaves add great contrast to your succulent arrangements or rock garden.
‘California Sunset’ has typical watering needs for a succulent. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Where to Plant
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 30° F (-1.1° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun. Plant in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.
Pairs Well With
How to Propagate Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ can be propagated from leaves, cuttings, seeds or offsets.
When taking a leaf for propagation, gently twist the leaf from the stem. Be sure that the leaf you get is a “clean pull,” where no part of the leaf is left on the stem. This will give you a better chance of a successful propagation.
Allow the leaf to callous over for a day or two before placing it on well-draining soil.
To grow Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ from cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.
When growing ‘California Sunset’ from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.
Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’ will produce small rosette offsets. Cut the offsets off from the main stem with a sharp, sterile knife or scissors. Allow the offsets to dry for one to two days before laying on well-draining soil.
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