We already learned succulents come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. One we`re meeting today can bring a pinch of color your garden needs in this grayish months. If you want to refresh a look of your succulent heaven with a low-maintenance plant, Graptoveria “Debbie” is a great choice for you.
Graptoveria “Debbie” is a hybrid of Graptopetalum amethystinum and one unidentified Echeveria species. This beautiful succulent has flashy, frosty, blueish-purple leaves growing in a rosette. Graptoveria “Debbie” can get up to 8″ (20 cm) tall with a rosette up to 8″ (20 cm) wide. Tips of the leaves will turn pink in cooler months or when the plant is experiencing some stress. When exposed to bright sun, the leaves can get deeper coloring or even show some orange tones. A thick coating of farina (epicuticular wax) gives “Debbie” a powdery, pastel appearance.
The rosette of “Debbie” sends offsets freely. You can also expect small, apricot flowers to appear in the spring.
Grow and Care Tips
Graptoveria “Debbie” has typical succulent care needs. It will thrive in full sun. However, it can also tolerate partial shade, but you won’t get so bright-colored succulent this way. This succulent won’t do very well indoors unless you place it near a window where it can get a lot of light. If you have to grow “Debbie” indoors, try to add some growing lights to help it stay healthy. Try to plant “Debbie” in an area of your garden that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. Also, this succulent 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.
When it comes to soil, “Debbie” needs a mixture of sand, peat or some other grit. I will also appreciate topsoil and a little bit of compost. Overall, make sure that you’re planting your succulent in a well-draining soil mix. Water needs of Graptoveria “Debbie” aren’t any different than any other succulent you already have. You cant be wrong with the “soak and dry” method. Pay attention to the leaves. If they start to look shriveled, its time to add some more water. On the contrary, overwatering can cause rotting of the roots and several pests infestations.
“Debbie” can be easily propagated from leaves and offsets. When taking the leaf for propagation, gently twist it from the stem. Be careful not to leave any part of the leaf on the stem. Then just allow it to callus for a day or two before placing it on a well-draining soil. The same goes for propagation from cuttings. Make sure you’re using a sterile knife or scissors and keep watering regularly whenever the soil is dried out.
If you choose to propagate “Debbie” from the seeds, youll need to keep it in warmer temperatures or use some grow lights and seed warmer. Keep in mind that germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.