Graptopetalum paraguayense ghost plant

Ghost Plant Information: Tips For Growing Succulent Ghost Plants

Succulents are a diverse form of plants that includes cacti and other moisture-storing specimens. Graptopetalum ghost plant develops a rosette shape on stems which may trail or hang. As with most plants in this group, water needs are little and exposure is important. Ghost flower plant care hinges on providing a natural environment that mimics the succulent’s native habitat. Tips on how to grow a Graptopetalum will ensure your ghost plant is healthy and enjoyable for many years.

Graptopetalum Ghost Plant Information

Thick, fleshy leaves and stems characterize most succulent plants. Ghost plants (Graptopetalum paraguayense) have thick leaves that hold excess moisture so the plant can withstand periods without rain. The silvery gray to bluish green foliage has a pinkish tinge to the edges of the leaves when they are young. Layers of leaves form the rosette, which range in size from less than an inch across to several inches wide. The plant is related to and resembles Echeveria, which is a common and fairly hardy succulent plant often used in container gardens.

These plants have color changing abilities. Full sun is the best location for them, but growing succulent ghost plants in partial shade produces the bluish-gray tones. Full sun plants tend to be yellowish-pink, pearlescent and slightly translucent. Those in punishing heat turn gray with pink overtones.

Full ghost plant information must include the detail that the plant grows from the center of the rosette. This gives mature succulents a rangy appearance, which is easy fix by pinching back. The plant flowers occasionally in spring to summer with airy little yellow blooms.

How to Grow a Graptopetalum

The stems on this plant are fairly brittle and detach easily. This is because in its habitat, Graptopetalum ghost plant reproduces vegetatively. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then the new little ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves. Growing succulent ghost plants is ridiculously easy and a great confidence booster for the novice gardener.

USDA zones 7b and up are suitable for growing succulent ghost plants. The rules for ghost flower plant care are similar to those for most succulents.

Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand or other grit, topsoil and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation but they will also grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results. Because the stems are so fragile, it is best to pick the best location for ghost plant and then don’t move it.

Ghost plants need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots and the plant can get several pest infestations.

Fertilize it in early spring and provide water only monthly in winter.

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Photo of Ghost Plant (Graptopetalum paraguayense ‘Ghosty’): Graptoveria ‘Doughlas Huth’

Goodness! That’s a challenge! Maybe though years of pouring over galleries of these species? But I suppose there are some thing to look for. Do you have Graptopetalum pentandrum superbum? Owning that unique and distinguished plant is an education! It has a powdered surface, complex hues and spectacular efflorescences. I believe Douglas Huth and Huth’s Pink, as well as several other extraordinary multicolored Graptoverias (interspecific hybrids of Graptopetalum and Echeveria). I’d love to show you some of them.
In addition to Douglas Huth, there is a “Huth’s Pink,” and, to be honest (without ever having found or grown one myself), I find them difficult to tell apart. Here is the picture that your plant brought to mind, and I can show you many others that exhibit the sort of pink bruising your plant displays. (Please click to enlarge each photo; the thumbnails don’t do them justice.)

I don’t know if I can continue to post photos in one message, but I’ll try. Here’s another view of Huth’s Pink (the plant on top is different).

Here is a photo I have of Ghosty. I tried to buy it together with Douglas Huth and Albert Baynes, but when the seller realized what she had in the box of rosettes she had posted (in a facebook group), she stopped replying to me and then blocked me to avoid selling them for the price she had listed!

Here’s a pic of Albert Baynes, just for fun:

And this is another Graptoveria I would love to find named superbum ‘Cotton Candy.’

As a Grand Finale, here is Graptophytum ‘Mora.’

I do hope all these photos come through. If they do, please let me know what you think. If you like, we can chat further about these beauties.
Robert

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Despite all of the mystery surrounding this species, we can nonetheless elucidate some aspects about its biology by observing plants in cultivation. It goes without saying that the ghost plant is a species of dry, nutrient-poor habitats. Its succulence and tolerance of a wide array of soil conditions is a testament to its hardy disposition. Also, if plants are grown in full sun, they develop a bluish, waxy coating on their leaves. This is likely a form of sunscreen that the plant produces to protect it from sun scorch. As such, one can assume that its native habitat is quite sunny, though its ability to tolerate shade suggests it likely shares its habitat with shrubby vegetation as well. Given enough time and proper care, ghost plants will produce sprays of erect, 5 pointed flowers. It is not known who might pollinate them in the wild.

It is always interesting to me that a plant can be so well known to growers while at the same time being a complete mystery in every other way. A search of the literature shows that most of the scientific attention given to the ghost plant centers on potentially useful compounds that can be extracted from its tissues. Such is the case for far too many plant species, both known and unknown alike. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, some intrepid botanist will at last scramble up the right mountain and rediscover the original habitat of this wonderful plant. Until then, I hope this small introduction provides you with a new found appreciation for this wonderfully adaptable houseplant.

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