Wednesday, February 2, 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes

On the last day of January I took this picture of my Graptopetalum

 

And on the 1st day of February I took this picture


During the last week of January it was 75 degrees.   
As I type this post this first week in February, 
it is 19 degrees.  


Graptopetalum (also called Ghost Plant) is a plant genus of the family Crassulaceae.  There are around 12 species in this genus. They are perennial succulent plants native to Mexico and the Southwestern United States, similar to Echeverias and Sedums. 

Graptopetalums are generally easy to propagate.  Leaves fall off whenever plants are handled.  Just place a leaf on top of moist soil, and in about 4 weeks a new plant will sprout from the leaf.



Like my plant, if you're buried in snow and freezing temps...
 take care and stay warm!


Until next time....
Toni :-)

18 comments:

  1. It's amazing what that jet stream can do Toni!!! Brrrr! Chilly here but we didn't get the snow. Oh I'm just waiting for that warm weather to get back!

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  2. Hi Eve,
    Just hibernating here, and yes, waiting for warmer weather to return!!

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  3. Your snow will be short lived at least. Back to that Texas heat in no time. We are getting buried in a winter wonderland, but I am not venturing out. Your ghost plant looks just a little paler in your snow. Mine is happy in the greenhouse.

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  4. This winter seems colder than most...or I am getting less cold hardy as I get older. I hope your succulent won't be damaged from the cold and snow. Stay warm & safe!

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  5. @GWGT: Yes, Donna, our snow should be short lived, as we have temps in the 50s forecast for this weekend :-)

    Karin: I'm such a wimp when it comes to the cold anymore. The graptopetalum survived last year's record snowfall and freezes, so hopefully this year will be the same. If not, my friend sent me the picture of her baby ghost plants that she started from my plant, so I know where to get a new plant if I need it :-)

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  6. Such an influx of cold certainly isn't in the best interest of your garden... one thing about Wisconsin that's on the positive side... less abrupt changes weather wise. And of course, speaking of influx... a goodly number of Wisconsinites will be hitting Dallas this weekend... and many more eyes will be on your state on Sunday afternoon! Larry

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  7. Yes, Larry, I'm sure all of the Packer fans will feel right at home here in our frozen southern tundra :-) Sunday temps look a little more civil for our northern friends. GO PACK!!!

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  8. Wow! That is quite a change in one day! I know how you feel. I'm a huge wimp in the cold myself. Stay warm and cozy!

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  9. What a shock for you and your garden! I'm hoping your plants will pull through. I have a confession to make: I'm a wimp when it comes to extreme heat like you have in Texas. 20 below zero? Oh, I don't love it, but I can cope, but let it hit 90 and I'm all sprawled out in front of a fan, whining. I guess it's good I live up here in the Snow/Rust Belt.

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  10. @Floridagirl: Everything is bigger in Texas, even our temperature extremes!

    Hi Karen, I wish we could have had warmer weather for our Packer fans visiting, but such is winter in Texas...80 one day, 20 the next. Just thinking about 20 below makes me feel bad for whining about 20 ABOVE! Oh, I think 90 feels like a warm blanket :-) Anything below 50 and I'm shivering. I hope you're sleeping better these days.

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  11. So many plants in my garden right now are so sad...most survived the extensive freezes of last year but I'm not sure they can survive two such harsh winters in a row. I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Stay warm!

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  12. Hey, neighbor! I am right down the street in FW. (My blotanical thumbtack has not made the move - yet.) I appreciate a little winter but not this much. Stay warm!

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  13. Hi Cat. I just took a walk through my yard and I'm a little concerned about a few plants. Too late to worry about it now, I guess. It is what it is. I think I'm going to be sad when I open up my greenhouse door. I guess we'll find out just how hardy our plants are.

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  14. Very cool looking plant but what a crazy difference in temps! I'd rather ahve 75 than 19!! Stay warm! :o)

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  15. Hey Tufa Girl! Oh, yeah, a little too much winter for me, too! I hope your greenhouse and its contents survive!

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  16. @Casa Mariposa: My graptopetalum survived just fine last year in the elements, but I am a little concerned about it this time. It is frozen solid! Oh, I am all about 75 too! It will be here before we know it; this is Texas after all....I think :-)

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  17. I love the little ghost plant and would like find some up here in North Carolina. I manage to do pretty well with succulents. I have the old fashion chicken and hens or hens and chickens (sorry no scientific names). They do well in the cold and ice.

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  18. I have been trying to figure out what this plant is that I have! Thanks....oh and the snow, just can't trust Mother Nature can you?

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