Growing Succulent Ghost Plants

Growing Succulent Ghost Plants

Succulent ghost plants are type of succulents that are often grown in rock gardens and containers. It is native to Mexico, but is also found in England and many parts of the U.S. It is characterized by long, woody stems, greenish-gray leaves, and yellow or red flowers. The stems on these plants are fairly brittle and detach easily. This is because in its habitat, Graptopetalum ghost plant reproduces vegetatively. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then the new little ghost plant has rooted and sprouted new leaves. Growing succulent ghost plants is ridiculously easy and a great confidence booster for the novice gardener. USDA zones 7b and up are suitable for growing succulent ghost plants. The rules for ghost flower plant care are similar to those for most succulents. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand or other grit, topsoil and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation but they will also grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results. Because the stems are so fragile, it is best to pick the best location for ghost plant and then don’t move it.

Ghost plants need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots and the plant can get several pest infestations. Fertilize it in early spring and provide water only monthly in winter.

Outdoor Succulent Ghost Plants

Outdoor Succulent Ghost Plants

Succulents are a diverse form of plants that includes cacti and other moisture-storing specimens.

Backyard Garden With Ghost Plants

Backyard Garden With Ghost Plants

Ghost plants (Graptopetalum paraguayense) have thick leaves that hold excess moisture so the plant can withstand periods without rain.

Ghost Plants In The Rock Garden

Ghost Plants In The Rock Garden

A ghost plant is a perennial, which means it can live for several years. It normally retains its colorful foliage even during the winter months.

Outdoor Ghost Plants In The Yard

Outdoor Ghost Plants In The Yard

During the spring, a ghost plant may produce brightly-colored flowers. These are normally star-shaped with a bright orange-yellow center.

Outdoor Garden With Succulent Ghost Plants

Outdoor Garden With Succulent Ghost Plants

A ghost plant normally has larger leaves on the bottom and smaller ones near the top.

Succulent Ghost Plants In The Backyard Garden

Succulent Ghost Plants In The Backyard Garden

This plant's stems may somewhat resemble the branches of a small tree. They can be up to 12 inches (30.48 cm) long and usually trail downward rather than growing straight up or out.

Garden With Ghost Plants And Rocks

Garden With Ghost Plants And Rocks

Graptopetalum ghost plant develops a rosette shape on stems which may trail or hang.

Outside Garden With Succulent Ghost Plants

Outside Garden With Succulent Ghost Plants

Thick, fleshy leaves and stems characterize most succulent plants.

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