Graptopetalum paraguayense or Ghost Plant,
a native of Mexico,succulent plant with rosettes of gray leaves.
Tatyana asked about my succulent plants in the greenhouse after I posted this photo with Ghost Plant peeking from the left:
She wanted to know about growing them indoors.
I bring Graptopetalum in because squirrels or birds tend to nibble
the succulent leaves in a dry winter.
I spent time today making pebble trays to increase
humidity around some of the plants. I oiled
the tins with some olive oil to help prevent rust.
When I started making pics to show the pebble trays,
succulents and butterflies got into the picture.
A Gulf Fritillary nectars on newly potted Pentas posed in front of a Kalanchoe.
It was warm today and butterflies flew in and out easily.
There were two kinds of skippers too and the usual bees.
The Kalanchoe is forming buds. Two rooted cuttings are closer
to bloom than the big plant. Kalanchoe is cold tender.
At the next tray a Cloudless Sulphur was nectaring on a newly blooming Duranta cutting.
This tray also holds amaryllis bulbs coming on for Christmas.
Leaves of Graptopetalum are brittle and
many get knocked off. I save every one.
A tiny root forms at the broken end.
Soon a tiny rosette of leaves appear.
Drop the leaves into any pot with a spot of bare
soil. Later I'll gather them into a pot of their own.
The last tray has a rooted Gardenia and some Pentas.
Rooted Pentas commence blooming, no matter how tiny.
Chlorophytum babies are all over. I save them the same
as Graptopetalum leaves.
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