×Graptoveria ‘Spirit of ’76’
×Graptoveria ‘Spirit of ’76’ is a small succulent shrublet that produces colorful rosettes of rounded, lilac to pink-gray colored leaves. Flowers are bell-shaped, pinkish-orange, and appear in spring and summer.
It is very easy to confuse with the much more common ×Graptoveria ‘Debbi’.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The rules for Graptopetalum care are similar to those for most succulents. Container-bound plants thrive in a mixture of peat, sand, or other grit, topsoil, and a little bit of compost. Full sun is the best situation, but they will grow in partial sun with slightly rangy results.
Graptopetalums need excellent drainage and moderate water. You can tell when to water by sticking your finger in the soil. If it is dry several inches down or the fleshy leaves are looking shriveled, you should water. Overwatering is a cause of root rots, and the plant can get several pest infestations.
These succulents are generally easy to propagate by seeds, leaf cuttings, or offsets. Any rosette that breaks off has the potential to root and start a new plant. Even a leaf that drops off will root below the parent plant and produce a new rosette quickly. The new plant feeds off the leaf until it shrivels up and falls off. By then, the new little ghost plant had rooted and sprouted new leaves. See more at How to Grow and Care for Graptopetalum.
This succulent is an intergeneric hybrid created by Charles Uhl, resulting from the cross between Echeveria shaviana and an unknown Graptopetalum.
New Strains Alert: Spirit of ’76, Blue Knight, Alpha Blue, Sugar Black Rose, and Chucky’s Bride
Thanks to all of those who submitted new strain requests via the Leafly app this week! Here are five of the most popular submissions we received, so give them a rating and review if you’ve tried them.
Remember, you can check to see if these strains are available near you by clicking the “Availability” tab on our website and app, so go out there and find these new additions to try!
1. Spirit of ’76
Characteristics of Spirit of ’76:
Spirit of 76 is a hybrid bred by Kindman out of Denver, CO, who closely guard the genetic heritage of their proprietary strains. It is known for having hints of purple coloring and a fruity bouquet of flavors ranging from sweet notes of fruit punch to the piney musk associated with Kush strains. Spirit of 76’s earthy taste finishes with notes of grape and lavender flavors that usher in balanced effects, which are great for relaxing, calming anxieties, and stimulating the appetite.
2. Blue Knight
Characteristics of Blue Knight:
Blue Knight is a rare indica-dominant strain with a noble lineage that stems from Blueberry and Kryptonite genetics. Hues of royal purple twist with deep blues and vivid greens in a visual display as multifaceted as its berry, vanilla aroma. Earthy, woody, and blueberry flavors are unleashed on the exhale, and the relaxing full-body effects that follow are often enough to soothe pain and stimulate the appetite.
3. Alpha Blue
Characteristics of Alpha Blue:
Alpha Blue, also known as Dream Diesel (or DD), is a high-flying sativa that combines Blue Dream and Sour Diesel. In 2011 this compelling blend claimed two 2nd place prizes for a sativa at the High Times’ Medical Cup in Denver and San Francisco. Its buds are glazed with sugary trichomes and take on hues of deep red and violet. The aroma is a combination of tart blueberry and sour candy that create a pungent mixture of earthy berry and Haze upon exhale. The sweet fragrance of Alpha Blue brings with it uplifting effects that produce a calming, relaxed mood without putting you to sleep. The cerebral and happy buzz is a great tool when coping with stress and anxiety.
4. Sugar Black Rose
Characteristics of Sugar Black Rose:
Sugar Black Rose is a cross of Critical+ and Black Domina bred by Delicious Seeds. An indica-dominant hybrid, Sugar Black Rose has a sweet taste with hints of fruit and fresh flowers. The aroma takes on a pungent, earthy musk that resembles exotic hash imported from overseas, and brings with it a relaxing body buzz that helps keep nausea, anxiety, and muscle pains at bay.
5. Chucky’s Bride
Characteristics of Chucky’s Bride:
Chucky’s Bride is a cross of Exodus Cheese and Cinderella 99 bred by Eskobar Seeds. This sativa-dominant hybrid gives off an exotic mixture of sharp flavors. Cinderella 99’s tropical aroma of sweet citrus and pineapple blend with the pungent notes of skunky cheese that have become synonymous with Cheese strains. The unique terpene profile leads a charge of uplifting and creative effects that stimulate the appetite and ward off depression.