Graptoveria Opalina has pale blue-green leaves with pink edges that form a compact rosette. This Graptoveris succulent is a cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria colorata. The leaves have a waxy texture and a slightly translucent appearance, which gives them a delicate and ethereal quality.
Grow and Care Guide
Graptoveria Opalina is often grown for its attractive foliage, which can change color depending on the growing conditions. The leaves can turn pink or purple in cooler temperatures, adding to the plant’s overall appeal.
It’s a relatively easy to care this Graptoveria for since it does well in many growing conditions. It prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining soil, and it should be watered only when the soil is completely dry to the touch. This plant is also drought-tolerant and can be grown in containers or on the ground in USDA hardiness zones 9-11.
Overall, Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is a stunning plant that is highly prized for its delicate leaves and beautiful rosette form. It is a must-have for any succulent collection and can be enjoyed indoors and outdoors. Its ease of care and adaptability make it an ideal plant for beginners and experienced gardeners.
Water only when the soil is completely dry to the touch. This plant is drought-tolerant and can be damaged by overwatering. Use a watering can or a hose with a gentle spray nozzle to water the plant. Avoid getting water on the leaves, which can cause them to rot. During the winter months, water sparingly. Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is dormant during this time and requires less water than during the hot season. If you’re unsure whether to water, wait a few days and check the soil again. It’s better to underwater than overwater this plant, as it is more tolerant of drought than excessive moisture.
Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight in cooler climates. Protect from the intense afternoon sun, especially in hot climates. It can be grown in containers or the ground in USDA hardiness zones 9-11.
It thrives in temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 40°F but should be kept away from frost.
Graptoveria Opalina, prized for its delicate foliage and rosette form, thrives in bright, indirect light and well-draining soil. Water only when soil is dry, as it’s drought-tolerant and sensitive to overwatering. Ideal for USDA hardiness zones 9-11, it prefers temperatures between 65°F and 80°F, and is suitable for beginners and experienced gardeners.
How to Propagate Graptoveria Opalina
Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ can be propagated from offsets or stem cuttings.
Look for small offsets that are growing around the base of the parent plant. Before planting, it is important to allow stem cuttings or offsets of Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ to form a protective layer of tissue over the wound. This process, known as callusing, helps to prevent rot and promote healthy growth. Plant in well-draining soil.
Take a stem cutting from the parent plant and allow it to callus over for a few days. Plant the cutting in well-draining soil and water sparingly until it grows.
Opalina and Fred Ives Differences
Graptoveria Opalina has elongated, pointed leaves that are typically bluish-gray in color with a pinkish tinge. In contrast, Graptoveria Fred Ives has rosette-shaped leaves that are typically pink, lavender, or blue-green in color.
Propagate Graptoveria Opalina using offsets or stem cuttings. Allow them to callus before planting in well-draining soil. Opalina has bluish-gray pointed leaves with a pink tinge, while Fred Ives features pink, lavender, or blue-green rosette-shaped leaves.
Common Issues and Solutions
Despite its hardiness, it can still face some issues. Here are some common problems and how to address them:
Overwatering can cause the roots to rot and ultimately kill the plant. If the leaves turn brown or mushy, reduce watering and ensure the soil is well-draining.
If the leaves of Graptoveria Opalina appear shriveled or start to wrinkle, it may be a sign that the plant is not receiving enough water. Increase watering frequency, but ensure the soil is dry between watering.
Common pests affecting Graptoveria Opalina include mealybugs, scale insects, and spider mites. Regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation, such as sticky residue, yellowing leaves, or webbing. If you notice these signs, treat the plant with an appropriate insecticide or neem oil.
If the leaves of Graptoveria Opalina start to turn white or brown, it may be a sign of sunburn. Move the plant to a location with less direct sunlight, or provide shade using a sheer curtain.
Graptoveria Opalina issues include overwatering, underwatering, pests, and sunburn. Address by reducing water and using well-draining soil, increasing watering frequency while letting soil dry, inspecting for infestations and using insecticides or neem oil, and relocating the plant or providing shade.
How big does Graptoveria Opalina get?
Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is a relatively small succulent that typically grows to a height of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) and a width of 8-12 inches (20-30 cm). It forms a compact rosette shape, with the leaves arranged in a tight, symmetrical pattern.
Is Graptoveria Opalina poisonous?
Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is generally considered non-toxic to humans and pets, although ingesting any plant material can cause digestive upset. While the symptoms are usually mild and self-limiting, it is still important to keep this plant out of reach of children and pets.