How to Grow and Care for Graptoveria “Opalina” (opalina succulent)

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In tthis post, we’re going to talk about this beautiful plant known as Graftoveria Opalina. Until then, take care, stay safe, and keep propagating!

Graptoveria Opalina, also known as the Opalina succulent, is a cross between Echeveria ‘Colorata’ and Graptopetalum amethystinum (Echeveria colorata × Graptopetalum amethystinum). It is part of the Crassulaceae family and was created by Robert Grim , one of the best-known succulent hybridizers from San José, California.

Initially, it was erroneously known by many as Pachyveria Opalina. however, the hybrid between a graptopetalum and an echeveria there can only be a graptoveria .

This succulent grows in a cluster shape with thick, round fleshy leaves with little pointed tips. The color of the leaves is usually bluish-green with pinkish tones at the tips and margins but can change from whitish-blue to pink, orange, and/or light purple. This may vary according to the season of the year and the lighting conditions.

The brighter colors usually appear in the cooler months or when the plant is “stressed,” whether due to a lack of watering or cold temperatures. During the warm months, Opalina is usually grey-blue with very little of the other pastel colors showing.

Its colors can also change depending on the amount of sunlight it receives. If exposed to more direct sunlight, it acquires a pinkish tone while it turns completely green in the absence of it.

The beautiful rosette can grow up to 8 inches wide, although some can reach up to 10 inches wide, as is the case with ‘Moonglow’. Over time, it can grow trailing, bare stems up to 7 inches under each rosette. It is a relatively fast grower with a clumping habit, producing clusters of offsets at the base of the mother rosette.

The Opalina succulent has a good amount of Farina; it gets the Farina from both of its parents, the Echeveria Colorata, and the Graptopetalum amethystinum, both of which have a decent amount of Farina.

Graptoveria Opalina flower

Flowers appear from late spring to summer on a tall stalk and are yellow with an orange center. When they are in bloom, during flowering, you can transfer pollen from one flower to another to create a hybrid. In this case, Opalina is a result of such hybridization.

This lovely colorful succuulent is ideal for growing indoors, in succulent gardens or in pots to decorate on table top, office, lounge, patio or for window box.

Common NameOpalina succulent
FamilyCrassulaceae
GenusGraptoveria, succulent plant
OriginHybrid of Graptopetalum Amethystinum and Colorata. Both originally from Mexico.
Size8 inches wide, although some can reach up to 10 inches wide.
Bloom TimeLate spring to summer
Flower ColorYellow with an orange center
IrrigationModerate. Water when the substrate has completely dried.
Location and LightingBest in full sun, but will also grow in partial light. In summer, avoid the strong midday sun.
WateringPersistently from spring to autumn, sipping in winter
FertilizerCactus fertilizer monthly from April to September, sticks
TemperatureAbove 50ºF (converted from 10ºC)
SubstrateCactus soil, mineral
PropagationSeeds, cuttings

Graptoveria Opalina care

Graptoveria ‘Opalina’ is wonderfully low-maintenance. It is one of those succulents that gives beginners a lot of satisfaction. It is very resistant, withstands the most adverse conditions and easily adapts well to new situations. Let’s talk a bit about caring for this beautiful plant

Light

Graftoveria Opalina thrives in locations where it receives direct sunlight from sunrise to sunset, If thats not possible where you live, you can give it 5-6 hours of sunlight a day. Succulent plants need light to grow and maintain their compact, colorful shape.

If you keep it in indirect bright light, it will do quite well; it will stay compact, but the colors will be a little bit dull as compared to giving it enough sunlight.

Watering

Watering Graptoveria Opalina follows the typical needs of succulents. These types of plants are known for their ability to store water in their tissues, which allows them to survive in drought conditions, which means that they do not require frequent watering.

Water it every 15 days during warm weather and once a month during the colder months, providing a deep watering each time. Also, water only when the soil is completely dry.

You just have to check when the soil is dry. You can either use a moisture meter or stick your finger into on the soil, maybe about two or three centimeters. If it’s still wet, don’t water; if it’s dry, then you can water it.

Another way of knowing as well is when you look at the leaves. When they start to shrivel a bit, or when you see small wrinkles on the lower leaves; that indicates that the plant is thirsty. You can also feel the weight of your pot. Once it gets lighter than usual, then you know that there’s no moisture in the soil and it’s time to water them again.

Ensure that you’re not overwatering it. It is better to give it less water than too much of because it is easier to revive an underwater succulent than an overwatered one. Additionally, overwatering can lead to root rot.

Temperature and Humidity

The lowest temperature you can expose your Opalina is up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit. However, in some cases, Opaline has survived temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, it is not resistant to cold and if you live in frigid temperatures, it is best to grow the succulent indoors.

Like most succulents, it does not like excessive humidity because the leaves are known to store water.

Substrate

Graptoveria Opalina likes a gritty, well-draining substrate where moisture does not accumulate. It is a succulent that does not like to stay wet for too long. So the substrate should be quite mineral, composed of perlite, volcanic gravel or another type of material that prevents waterlogging, and be loose and porous.

A good example is; Tepojal or tezontle 50%, compost 15%, peat moss 15%, black earth 20%. So, it’s a plant that is suitable for beginners. You can use any substrate as long as it doesn’t compact and provides good drainage.

Fertilizer

A balanced fertilizer for succulents diluted to 1/4 strength is recommended for yor Opalina succulent to make its growth even healthier. Typically, a subtropical succulent only needs to be fertilized once at the beginning of the growing season.

So, do this during spring and summer, but not in their dormant period. However, even if you do not add, it’s absolutely okay; there won’t be any problem.

Pests and diseases

Pests are not much of an issue, but if there are blooms, it becomes susceptible to mealybugs and aphids, especially if grown in low light and ventilation conditions. The cottony mealybug may appear in the center of the rosette, and you will see how its leaves look deformed.

It can also appear at the base of the leaves, at the intersection with the stem. Pay close attention because sometimes you won’t even realize it until the plant is very affected. In the case of the aphid, it usually appears on the flower stem first, and then spreads to the rest of the plant.

Normally these insects are attracted by flowering and temperature changes. So, always do a close inspection once in two weeks or once in three weeks. Sometimes it is advisable to cut the flower stem to avoid the most aggressive pests.

The plant is also susceptible to fungal stem rot due to excessive moisture.

Graptoveria Opalina propagation

Propagation is easy; It can be done by leaf, seed, or through offsets. of all these methods, offset propagation is the most common. This is usually done by cuting a stem just below the rosette with a sharp, clean pair of scissors. You will need to dry out your cutting for 3 to 5 days days can dry and callus. before potting into gritty compost.

Water sparingly until the plant has established some roots. Keep in mind that the Opalina doesn’t produce as many offsets as some other succulents, but it’s still quite manageable.

You can also propagate the Opalina by taking some of the lower leaves,and planting rhem in the same type of compost. Sometimes you will notice that the plant’s leaves fall, and new shoots spontaneously appear without you doing anything special.

Repotting

Repotting Graptoveria Opalina is typically done in the spring or early summer when the plant is entering its active growing phase. To repot, carefully remove the succulent from its current container, gently shake off excess soil, and inspect the roots. If the roots are healthy, you can place the Opalina in a slightly larger pot with well-draining cactus or succulent soil.

Ensure the new pot has drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Allow the plant to settle in its new container for a few days before watering. If you notice any damaged or unhealthy roots, trim them before repotting. Additionally, you can refresh the soil and top dress with a layer of decorative rocks or gravel for both aesthetic appeal and to help prevent moisture-related issues.

Is Graptoveria Opalina toxic to cats and dogs?

Graptoveria Opalina, like many succulents, is generally considered non-toxic to cats and dogs. However, while it is not known to be highly toxic, ingesting any plant material can still lead to mild stomach upset or irritation in pets.

It’s always a good practice to monitor your pets and keep plants out of their reach to avoid any potential issues. If you suspect your pet has ingested any part of the Graptoveria Opalina or any other plant and shows signs of illness, it’s advisable to contact your veterinarian for guidance.

Overall, this succulent is very easy. If you are a beginner, the only thing that you have to be careful is adding of water. Wait for the soil to be completely bone dry or wait for the wrinkles to show up on the lower leaves. If you are able to understand the watering conditions for the succulent, it’s an absolutely easy succulent.

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