Graptopetalum paraguayense: How to Grow and Care for Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl

Graptopetalum paraguayense Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl

Scientific name: Graptopetalum paraguayense

Common name: Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl

This Graptopetalum is perfect for a hanging pot. When grown in full sun, these Graptopetalums will turn yellow- pink, but in shade it will be bluish-grey.

Quick Look at Graptopetalum paraguayense

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Typical water needs for a succulent
  • Rosettes grow up to 4″ (10 cm) wide
    Plant can grow to 1 foot (30 cm) and trail up to 3 feet (91 cm) long
  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6° C)
  • Not cold hardy
  • Propagation by leaves and cuttings
  • Generally non-toxic to humans and animals
  • Summer Dormant

General Care for Graptopetalum paraguayense “Ghost Plant”

It is easy to mistake the Ghost Plant for an Echeveria. Although they are related, Ghost Plant is different. There are small yellow flowers in the spring.


The method of watering graptopetalum is called the “soak and dry” method. The soil needs to be completely dry after watering to avoid root rot and pests.

Our free watering cheat sheet will show you how to tell if your plants are getting too much water and how to save it.

Where to Plant

The Ghost Plant should be planted in a well-draining area. There is an area of your garden that gets full sun. It tends to stretch quickly indoors.


This plant should be fertilized in the early spring.

How to Propagate Graptopetalum paraguayense “Ghost Plant”

Ghost Plant is easy to grow from leaves.


To grow Graptopetalum from leaves, twist a leaf from the mother plant. You will have a smaller chance of success if you don’t keep the leaf on the stem.

Allow the leaf to dry out for a few days so that the end callouses over, and then place on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil is dry.

Ghost Plant is an easy plant to grow for those just beginning with propagation.


Use a sterile knife or scissors to cut a piece of the plant just above a leaf on the stem. Allow it to dry for a couple of days, and then place in well-draining soil.

Commonly Mistaken For

It is called Ghosty.


  1. Graptopetalum paraguayense (Ghost Plant, Mother of Pearl) – Wikipedia

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