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Graptopetalum Care Guide

Graptopetalum Care Guide

Graptopetalum, commonly known as ghost plant, is a genus of succulent plants that are native to Mexico and Arizona. Graptopetalum has fleshy leaves that come in a range of colours, including blue-gray, lavender, and pink. The leaves are often covered in a powdery bloom that gives them a "ghostly" appearance, hence the common name ghost plant.

The leaves of Graptopetalum are typically arranged in a rosette shape. They are easy to propagate from leaves or cuttings, making them a favorite among gardeners who like to share plants with friends and family. Like many succulents, Graptopetalum is drought-tolerant and can survive in dry conditions once established. This makes them a great choice for low-water gardens.

Graptopetalum can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, or in the ground. They can also be used in rock gardens or as ground cover. These plants are low maintenance and can thrive with minimal care, making them suitable for novice gardeners.

General Care

1. Light

Graptopetalum requires full to partial sunlight. They should receive at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. They can tolerate some shade, but too little light can cause the plant to become leggy.

2. Water

Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Water thoroughly, then let the excess water drain away. Overwatering can lead to root rot, which is a common issue with succulents.

3. Soil

Graptopetalum requires a well-draining soil mix. You can use a commercial cactus or succulent mix combined with perlite, sand or other gritty mixes. The common ratio is 50% soil, and 50% gritty mix.

4. Temperature

Graptopetalum prefers temperatures between 10-29°C (50-85°F). They can tolerate temperatures as low as -6°C (20°F) for short periods, but frost can damage the leaves. These plants do not require high humidity levels.

5. Fertilizing

Graptopetalum can be fertilized during the growing season (spring and summer) with a cactus or succulent fertilizer. Do not fertilize during the dormant season (fall and winter).

6. Pruning

Pruning is not typically required, but you can remove dead or damaged leaves as needed.

7. Propagation

Graptopetalum can be propagated from leaves or cuttings. Simply remove a leaf or cutting and allow it to callous for a few days before planting it in soil.


Graptopetalum plants are generally considered to be non-toxic to humans, cats, and dogs. However, it's always a good idea to keep plants out of reach of pets and small children to prevent accidental ingestion. Ingesting any plant material, even if it is non-toxic, can potentially cause mild stomach upset or other reactions in some animals and people. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of a Graptopetalum plant and is showing signs of illness, contact your veterinarian promptly.


Graptopetalum produces small, star-shaped flowers that are typically white or yellow in colour. The flowers of Graptopetalum can attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden.

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