Pachyphytum Bracteosum, Moon Stone ‘Blue Haze’
Grown on site at Faith Greenhouses
Plant Care & Growth*:
Pachyphytum bracteosum (Link et al.): Fleshy, gray-blue leaves form loose rosettes. It has a similar form to its relative, P. oviferum, but tends to grow larger. It's covered in a thick, powdery coating of farina (epicuticular wax) that protects it in full sun and gives it a soft, pastel look. The stems can grow up to 1.0' long, but they also take well to pruning and replanting. This variety lives up to its genus name, Pachyphytum, which is Latin for "thick plant".
Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures, they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.
This variety is easy to re-root from stem cuttings.