Graptopetalum — care at home
Graptopetalum – succulent in the family Crassulaceae, that is native from Mexico and southwestern regions of the United States.
Usually this is a low herbaceous plant that reaches a height of 5-6 cm and a diameter of 3-8 cm
It is characterized by fleshy leaves and unusual star-shaped pink flowers.
It blooms frequently throughout the summer.
The cultivation of graptopetalum
Location and lighting
This succulent requires very intense lighting, it is possible to direct rays of the sun. Therefore, the pot of flowers is better placed in the South-East side, when the content of graptopetalum in the South window, put it away from the glass. Be sure to frequently ventilate the room.
Graptopetalum comfortable normal room temperature, in winter, it is lower, it is undesirable that at this time the room was more than 15°C. Often, the flower goes for the winter in a dormant state, then the temperature can be reduced to 5°C.
Watering and humidity
Water the plant sparingly, letting the top layer of soil to dry out. Summer to do it quite 10-15 days, in November and in early February – 1 once a month, and in winter, stop watering altogether.
If excessive watering, the plants may appear gray mold. While Bush varieties can be watered a little more abundant.
Like most succulents, graptopetalum not picky about the humidity, moreover, better tolerate low humidity.
During the growing season, feed the plant with integrated tools for succulents or cacti. Feeding is carried out in 2-3 years, and less.
Transplantation and propagation
Transplanted, graptopetalum 2-3 years in the spring. Soil take such a composition: perlite or coarse sand (3 parts), turf ground, humus (2 parts) and charcoal with bone flour (1 part).
You can pick up and store substrate, adding a little sand. The easiest and most effective way to reproduce, with apical and lateral outlets, they are separated, dried, preferably to treat them with IAA.
Outlet roots in peat or sand, keeping them under cover periodically airing and sprinkling sand.
When the cuttings are rooted, they should be seated in individual pots and keep in a well lit room but not in direct sunlight.
Pests and fight with them
From insects pests of the flower can affect mealybug and spider mites. To combat these parasites use special insecticides.