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Ghost Plant

4.5 out of 5 (236 experiences)

Ghost Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Ghost Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Ghost Plant

Ghost Plant is a super popular houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs very little water to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor and a fast grower with a whopping 17920 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

Ghost Plant likes soil that is extremely well-draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

⚠️ Ghost Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Taxonomy

Graptopetalum paraguayense
Graptopetalum
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Mother-of-Pearl Plant and Leatherpetal

How to care for Ghost Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Ghost Plant

Water needs for Ghost Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Ghost Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Ghost Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Ghost Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Ghost Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Ghost Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Ghost Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Ghost Plant in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Ghost Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Ghost Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Ghost Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Ghost Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Ghost Plant →

Common Ghost Plant Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Ghost Plant thrives in dry soil and should be watered sparingly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Ghost Plant Water Frequency →

Ghost Plant Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Ghost Plant requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Ghost Plant Light Requirements →

Ghost Plant Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Ghost Plant is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

Ghost Plant Toxicity to Dogs →


💨 Humidity

Ghost Plant prefers dry environments. Providing extra humidity or misting your plant allows water to linger on leaves, which can create the perfect environment for harmful types of fungi.

Ghost Plant Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Ghost Plant is very sensitive to wet soil, so choose a potting soil that drains very well and doesn’t retain too much moisture. A good soil will have lots of perlite or vermiculite for drainage and some organic matter for nutrition. A few handfuls of perlite added to regular store-bought cactus soil will do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Ghost Plant →

When and How to Successfully Repot Ghost Plant →


💩 Fertilizer

Ghost Plant grows very slowly and doesn’t require added fertilizer. Replacing your plant’s potting soil once a year should provide them with more than enough nutrition. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Ghost Plant →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Ghost Plant to go dormant in the summertime and you may notice their growth slow down. Waterings should be spaced out more during this time.


🌎 Native Region

Ghost Plant is native to Mexico and Arizona.


🌸 Flowers

Ghost Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Ghost Plant grows in a rosette pattern, with leaves neatly arranged in a circle. New growth will emerge from the center.

How and When to Prune Ghost Plant →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Ghost Plant can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Ghost Plant Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

Ghost Plant can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


😖 Common Issues

Overwatering is a likely cause of issues with Ghost Plant. These plants are very sensitive to wet soil so if you notice your plant becoming squishy or translucent, overwatering is the likely culprit.

Cut your plant just past where the rot ends and allow it to callus over for a few days before replanting it in fresh, dry soil. Download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


Care Summary for Ghost Plant

Ghost Plant

Ghost Plant


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 12 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Ghost Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 131
Ghost Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 107
Ghost Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 92
Ghost Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 34
Ghost Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
Ghost Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 19
Ghost Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 3
@Mandysr avatar
@@Mandysr
leaf-1 9 Plants
xp 305 XP
globe Allendale Charter Township, MI
02/04/2022

This plant thrives even if not watered often! If you forget about watering your plants this is the one for you! It’s also pet safe :)

Survivor Survivor
@MeganO avatar
@@MeganO
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

Easy to prop. Give it light and leave it alone.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@MeganO avatar
@@MeganO
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

It’s a succulent so it’s easy and just wants you to give it water rarely and lots and lots of light pooo

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@MeganO avatar
@@MeganO
leaf-1 41 Plants
xp 20,843 XP
globe Washington, DC
01/10/2022

It’s a succulent so it’s easy and just wants you to give it water rarely and lots and lots of light pooo

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Ted_talk avatar
@@Ted_talk
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 46 XP
11/30/2021

Do not water every day <3

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Megan avatar
@@Megan
leaf-1 32 Plants
xp 14,740 XP
globe Washington, DC
11/28/2021

Super easy to grow. Mostly ignore it and it thrives.

@El.oh.el avatar
@@El.oh.el
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 311 XP
10/29/2021

Easy to keep alive

Survivor Survivor
@R_L15748 avatar
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leaf-1 76 Plants
xp 17,271 XP
10/21/2021

Not too much water!!

Survivor Survivor
@Hgh2305 avatar
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leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 88 XP
globe San Angelo, TX
10/11/2021

It stretches SO easily. Once it stretches, there’s no way to bring it back down. It propagates very easily. Just break off a leaf and put it in the soil with the original plant.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
Daniel avatar
@Daniel
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 136 XP
10/06/2021

Ghosty is wonderful.

@CorvidCounty avatar
@@CorvidCounty
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 167 XP
09/30/2021

Goodness, I bought Huginn and Muninn quite a few years ago, originally for a school project. After that, they sat on my porch for over two years, no intervention. They survived strictly off of the rainfall my area got. Not a pretty sight, but a surviving one. I decided to repot them and take them inside. I’ve had them inside for about half a year and they’re recovering to the beauty they once held, slowly but surely.
If you don’t trust your capabilities of keeping plants alive, I suggest ghost plants, mine have been crazy hardy, they are definitely survivors.

Survivor Survivor
@BeeBalm avatar
@@BeeBalm
leaf-1 48 Plants
xp 9,917 XP
09/29/2021

This succulent is tolerant of dry soil, but is happier with water after the soil dries. It languishes in low light, but take cuttings and place where a few hours of sun a day falls and, voila, a beautiful plant again!

Survivor Survivor
@Manera avatar
@@Manera
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 332 XP
09/09/2021

Easy to care and cute! It makes me happy when I remember all Ghost Plants I have came from a single one.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
@CamT367 avatar
@@CamT367
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 222 XP
globe Duluth, MN
08/26/2021

Does not require much water or sunlight.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Emma avatar
@Emma
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 77 XP
08/19/2021

It’s a really pretty plant with beautiful leaves

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Carlie avatar
@Carlie
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 733 XP
globe Louisville, KY
08/16/2021

Stretches way way too easy

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
@Ana12cat avatar
@@Ana12cat
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 121 XP
08/15/2021

They are succulents

@Mightyplantdad avatar
@@Mightyplantdad
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 266 XP
08/08/2021

It’s produced some cute little flowers since I’ve had it for a month and a half. It’s pretty easy to take care of!

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
@sophbug270405 avatar
@@sophbug270405
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 124 XP
globe Glasgow, Scotland
08/08/2021

Does grow quickly, however is quite prone to leaning and drooping, leaves fall off often, needs a constant eye on it.

Fast grower Fast grower
@soapie avatar
@@soapie
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 101 XP
08/07/2021

my plant is a lovely boy:)

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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