Graptoveria ‘Titubans’ f. variegata
No synonyms are recorded for this species name.
Graptoveria ‘Titubans’ f. variegata is a nursery hybrid and doesn’t exist in nature, like all Graptoverias. The genera from which Graptoverias are obtained, namely Graptopetalum and Echeveria, are native, respectively, to Mexico and Arizona (southern USA), and South and Central America.
Graptoveria ‘Titubans’ f. variegata is an intergeneric cross between Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echevería derenbergii, two species both belonging to the family Crassulaceae. It is a small succulent (up to 20 centimeters in height) that form multiple rosettes of around 7 centimeters in diameter, made up of numerous layers of triangular, succulent leaves. In Graptoveria “titubans”, leaves are thick, spoon-shaped and pointed (“mucronated” would be the actual botanic term for that kind of pointed leaves), bluish-grey in colour. The variegated form share all these features with the regular one, except from the colour: its leaves show, in fact, a beautiful pale yellow tinge, bright and unusual, that make any succulent collector fall in love! There are many variegated forms, that differ: some have a green central, longitudinal stripe with yellow edges, and others, more rare, are completely yellow. Flowers are inconspicuous: they are born by a lonk stalk and are usually yellow, small, star-shaped. These hybrids, moreover, don’t bloom frequently and their flowers are not fertile, thus can’t produce fertile seeds.
Graptoveria Titubans f. variegata requires plenty of light all year round. Nevertheless, avoid direct sunlight, especially during the hottest hours of the day, as a direct exposition might burn the leaves. Keep it at mild temperatures and never below 7 °C: we recommended to shelter it or put it indoors during the winter period.
Water moderately but only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water the plant once a week in spring and summer and suspend watering completely in winter.
The ideal substrate should be well draining to avoid root rotting: a mixture of peat and pumice will do well.
Graptoveria Titubans f. variegata doesn’t need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year. Repotting will be probably necessary every Spring, as Graptoverias tend to spread and form multiple rosettes.
As seeds are not fertile, the only propagation methods to be used are cutting and the propagation of the suckers. The latter is the most simple one, as these plants tend to form multiple rosettes that can be easily taken off and replanted in a new pot. Leaves cuttings are also possible.
Graptoverias are hybrids between Graptopetalum and Echeveria. Scientific names for nursery hybrids are usually preceded by the “X”. Here, for simplicity, we used the common names, removing the “X”. The common name for Graptoveria titubans is usually “Porcelain plant”.
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