xG. ‘Vera Higgins’
xG. ‘Bert Swanwick’
xSedeveria ‘Bert Swanwick’
Sedum ‘Bronze Delight’
The plant was created in garden but it’s unknown its origin.
G. ‘Bronze’ is a rare hybrid belonging to the Crassulaceae botanical family. The plant is a small succulent that can reach up to 15 cm in height. The stem is woody, erect, thin and leaves are spirally inserted on it. The plant resembles a Sedum for the shape of its leaves. The leaves are obovate to lanceolate, flat on the upper face, rounded on the edges, pointed at the apex and grow in rosette. The foliage is bronze-reddish and hence the plant gets its name. Blooming occurs during the spring and blossom are borne by long stalks. The flowers are bell-shaped, 4-pateled, yellow inside and pinkish outside. As it is a hybrid of Graptopetalum, the plant has taken the beautiful colors of this genus which make it highly prized by collectors.
This is a slow growing plant, easy to cultivate. The plant needs a full light sun exposure but is recommended to avoid direct sun-light in the hottest periods. The plant does not like temperatures below 6°C so it needs to be placed indoors in the coldest periods. The soil should be mixed with pumice, clay and loam to allow the drainage and prevent the root rot, the plant is prone to it indeed. Using a perforating pot, you can drain excess water. Watering is very important for this species and should be done well: during the vegetative period you can water the plant (every 7 days), checking that the soil is completely dry before watering again; in winter you should stop the watering to allow the plant to enter dormancy. About fertilization, for this plant is sufficient to fertilize moderately during the growing season with the specific fertilizers for succulents and stop fertilizing during the winter. You should repot the plant every 2 years in a pot 2 cm wider. Repotting should be done early in the growing season with fresh new potting soil. Be careful to red spiders and mealy bugs.
Propagation can be done by cutting or by seed. By cutting you can make the cut during the spring and then let the cutting dry; after a few days the cut surface will dry and a callus will form, then place the cutting in a mixture of sand, soil and pumice. To increase the success of propagation you can make two or more cuttings at the same time. For cuttings it is recommended temperatures around 20 °C. By seed it is very simple to propagate the plant, it is enough to sow the seed in a sandy loam soil and keep it with a high level of humidity and at temperature of 14 C°.
It is a hybrid between 2 species: Graptopetalum paraguayensis and Sedum stahlii. From Graptoveria it took its beautiful colors, and from Sedum it took the typical shape of the leaves.
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