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Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’

‘Fred’ is simply an amazing succulent. It’s normally a pinkish purple color, but can stress to almost any color of the rainbow in heat, cold, or with plenty of sunlight.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Not suited for indoor growing

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall

    Rosettes grow up to 24″ (61 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by leaves, cuttings, and offsets

  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Summer

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’

‘Fred’ is a survivor! You can cut off pieces of stem, wait for them to dry and they’ll grow new plants! Many succulents do this, but Fred is one of the most determined succulent I’ve seen.

‘Fred Ives’ can vary in color, from blue, green, purple and red. Your succulent’s color will depend on the amount of sunlight and water it is receiving.

They are also deer resistant, so planting them beside other prized plants can help deter them from being eaten.

Watering

‘Fred’ 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

Graptoveria ”Fred Ives’ is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° 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

Crassula ovata “Gollum”

How to Propagate Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is a prolific propagator! It can be easily propagated from leaves or offsets.

Leaves

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.

Cuttings

To grow Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ 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.

Offsets

‘Fred’ 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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