graptopetalum paraguayense – ghost plant

the genus graptopetalum contains approx. 16 members and belongs to the crassulaceae family. they resemble to the echeverias. the crossings of both are named x graptoveria. graptopetalum paraguayense is commonly known as ghost plant or mother of pearl plant and is native to mexico.

graptopetalum paraguayense care

the ghost plant grows best if located bright and sunny throughout the year. a light shaded place will be tolerated. during summer it can be placed in the garden. but please make sure that rainwater can easily run out of the pot because wet legs will cause rotten roots.

a standard cactus soil or a mix between humus, sand and gritty (2:1:1) can be used. from spring to fall graptopetalum paraguayense can be deep watered. whats flowing out of the pot must be removed after a few minutes. allow to dry before watering next.

a half diluted cactus fertilizer can be given monthly from spring to fall. fresh bought or recently repotted plants don’t need to be fed for the first six to eight weeks.

for showing its inflorescence in spring, a cold winter location may be helpful. graptopetalum paraguayense can be placed at 5-10 °c (41-50 °f). at this temperature range it has to be kept nearly dry and don’t need to be fed. if placed at room temperature during winter, give it as much light as you can.


the ghost plant can be propagated with stem or leaf cuttings and seeds.