Graptoveria Fred Ives’ is a very beautiful evergreen succulent that produces fairly large clumps of rosettes. It has very fleshy bronze pointed leaves with shades of pink that will grow 12 inches wide. A very durable succulent that can also grow fairly tall, reaching 8 inches tall. This succulent is a hybrid to the Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria gibbiflora. It will also change its colors from pink and purple to teal, blue, coral, yellow or even salmon. It changes colors because this succulent has foliage that will change the succulents color depending on the amount of sunlight and water this succulent is getting.
In the summer, this succulent will produce 1-2 inches long inflorescences with pale yellow flowers and red-orange centers, making this succulent look even more attractive. This succulent also produces offsets, giving you many plants of this succulent. Graptoveria fred ives’ is an ideal succulent for rock gardens, succulent gardens, mediterranean gardens, or plant containers. Truly a very beautiful and stunning succulent plant that will look amazing wherever you decide to grow it.
Genus: X Graptoveria
Can be grown indoors or outdoors
Primary Color: Pink
Secondary Color: Blue / Blue-green, Purple / Black, Orange
Sunlight: Full sun, partial sun
Measurements: 24 inches tall, 24 inches wide
Cold Hardiness: Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)
Not cold hardy
Propagation: Leaves, cuttings
Non toxic to humans and animals
Native to Mexico
Use Ramsey Succulent Soil
When growing the Graptoveria Fred Ives’, it’s very important that you use well-drained succulent soil. This succulent doesn’t want or can’t sit in a wet puddle for several days. If it does then there’s a chance root rot will occur or succulent pests such as mealybugs or aphids will appear. Well-drained succulent soil will make sure the soil stays dry and not wet, preventing wet soil that will cause mold and bacteria to grow. Make sure to choose a good soil that has ingredients such as sand and perlite that will make it well-drained.
This succulent grows best in well-drained succulent soil. It's very important that you use well-drained succulent soil so the soil doesn't stay soaked with water for several days. If you overwater the succulent and the soil stays wet and not dry for several days, then mold and bacteria will grow and appear. The mold and bacteria will then attack the roots of the succulent giving it root rot. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die.
To avoid mold/bacteria and root rot, you must use well-drained succulent soil. Well-drained succulent soil will keep the soil dry at a very fast rate preventing mold/bacteria and root rot from appearing. Any succulent grower expert will tell you that you need well-drained succulent soil, it's definitely a requirement for growing this succulent and every single other succulent out there.
We recommend using arguably the best succulent soil out there "Ramsey Succulent Soil"
Ramsey Succulent soil is arguably the best succulent soil on the market simply because it gets the job done and is loaded with nutrients.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has ingredients such as perlite, sand, and seaweed. Perlite and sand are known as the best ingredients out there if you want your soil well-drained. The perlite and sand will soak up all the excess water that your succulent does not need, preventing the soil from staying soaking wet for several days. So yes, Ramsey Succulent Soil will prevent mold/bacteria and root rot (the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die) simply because there will be no excess water.
That's not all tho.
What makes Ramsey Succulent Soil arguably the best are the nutrients that's in the soil. These nutrients will help your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier.
Ramsey Succulent Soil has seaweed fertilizer, which has 60 trace minerals and nutrients. Yes, your succulents will be absorbing 60 trace minerals and nutrients. This will make your succulents grow bigger, faster, and healthier without a doubt. Compared to other succulent soil, this succulent soil will make a huge huge difference for your plants. Don't believe us? Check out this picture below. You can definitely tell which succulent soil is better for your succulents.
When it comes to watering your Graptoveria Fred Ives’ you must make sure that the water reaches its roots. Yes, it’s a drought tolerant succulent, but it still needs water to survive and grow healthy. It’s good to use the “soak and dry” method for watering this succulent.
Stick your finger into the soil and if the soil feels very dry then go ahead and give it some water. This is how you usually water succulents, whenever the soil looks or feels very dry then it’s time to water this succulent. It’s the perfect amount of water that will keep this succulent hydrated, and will prevent overwatering, root rot, or even pests infestation. This succulent does go dormant during the summer, so they’ll need to be watered once every 2 weeks. This is very important during the summer and dormancy, you do not want it to get dehydrated.
Graptoveria Fred Ives’ loves and wants to be grown in full sun. Growing this succulent in full sun will allow it to produce its beautiful bright colors. You can also grow it in partial sun but make sure to keep an eye on it to make sure it's growing healthy and happy.
Graptoveria Fred Ives’ isn’t cold hardy and will die in frost, cold, and freezing temperatures. If you live in an area that gets below 45 degrees then it will need to be moved and grown indoors during the cold winter season. To make this easy, make sure to grow it in a container that can be easily moved inside. It’s truly best to grow this succulent in a container just for this reason so you can easily move it when needed.
When growing indoors it will still need sunlight so it can produce its beautiful colors. Make sure it gets good lighting and is grown near a bright window. You can move it back outdoors when the weather gets warmer and of course if you want to.
Graptoveria Fred Ives’ is a very aggressive and a very fast growing succulent. They are known to easily grow and to grow at a very fast rate which is really nice when growing succulents. This succulent does go through a dormancy period and it’s during the summer. In the summer during dormancy intense heat will occur, so the succulent will then start focusing on root development rather than growing. It will take the time to grow its roots stronger and healthier, and it will take less time actually growing bigger. This succulent does this so it can tolerate the heat, the sun, and the drought during the warm summer. During the dormancy period make sure to reduce the watering. The succulent is developing its roots so it’s very important that you limit watering so it can avoid overwatering and root rot.
Graptoveria Fred Ives’ can be propagated by cuttings, offsets, or by leaves! Propagation is very easy and you should definitely try it out!
Propagating the Graptoveria Fred Ives’ by cuttings is probably the easiest way to propagate this succulent! You just need to gently cut off a stem on the succulent and let it sit out for 2-3 days so a callus forms. After a callus forms then go ahead and plant the cutting in well-draining succulent soil. Grow in full shade for 1 week and then move to full sun. Water when the soil looks or feels very dry.
Gently twist and pull off a leaf from the succulent. Wait 1-2 days for a callus to form so it can root. Plant in well-drained succulent soil, water when the soil looks or feels very dry. Give it full shade for a week and then full sun. Make sure to use a leaf that is healthy and bright. Also make sure to get a clean cut off from the leaf, making sure no part of the leaf is on the stem.
Like cuttings, cut off the offsets using clippers. Let them form a callus by letting them sit out for 2-3 days. Once a callus forms then plant them in well-draining succulent soil. After that water when the soil looks or feels very dry, and give it full shade for a week and then full sun.
For more information and a complete guide on how to propagate succulents, check out our article on it!
Graptoveria Fred Ives’ is a very easy succulent to grow and care for! You shouldn’t have any problems when growing this succulent and you should be able to grow a healthy and beautiful one! We hope the information we provided helps you grow healthy and beautiful Graptoveria Fred Ives’ succulents.
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