Fat plants

Graptopetalum bellum


GeneralitŠ°


Native to Central America, it is a succulent plant indicated for rock garden.
The leaves: thick, fleshy and watery.
The flowers: small, white and grouped in small umbels, supported by a stem that starts from the center of the rosette of leaves.

Exposure




bright places but not too heated. He loves indirect exposure to sunlight.
Temperature: in areas with a mild climate it can be grown outdoors all year round, otherwise the plant must be cultivated in a pot and stored during the winter season.

Watering


in winter it does not need watering while they are taken in spring.

Ground


it must be light and permeable, sand and soil must be mixed in equal parts.

Fertilizing


during the flowering, every two weeks, administer a liquid fertilizer diluted in the water of the watering trying not to directly wet the plant.

Multiplication


it reproduces both by division of the rosettes of leaves, which emit roots, and by leaf or stem cutting in spring.
In the latter case the cuttings must be watered when they take root.

Pests and diseases


the red spider produces brown patches on the leaves.

Graptopetalum bellum: Variety


G. Ametistinum has the appearance of a small shrub with ramifications almost in relief on the ground. The leaves, distributed in the upper part of the stem, are gray blue. G. Pachyphyllum very similar to the previous plant, but with whitish leaves. G. Paraguayense has white - gray leaves with pink nuances, blooms in spring with small white flowers. G.Bellum is characterized by long-lasting spring flowers of a bright red.
Species suitable for apartment.