Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ succulent care

Often referred to as ‘Fred Ives’ is Graptoveria. It is a pink color plant which is easy to grow.  The key characteristic of the plant is the dark purple fleshy leaves that have edges that appear white. You should anticipate them to be orange to yellow as the plant produces flowers.

Graptoveria’ Fred Ives succulent can be changed it’s color according to the season. Colors of the plant can be changed from pinks, purples to orange, yellow color. Fred Ives plants also flower in broad bending flower stalks throughout spring that can grow up to 2 feet long with orange & red centers of delicate yellow flowers.

Family and genius of the Graptoveria Fred Ives is Crassulaceae and X Graptoveria

Graptoveria is a type of succulent that is a combination of two other types of Graptopetalum and Echeveria= Graptoveria succulents. The mixture of Graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria gibbiflora was developed by Fred Ives.

Actually, ‘Fred Ives’ is Graptoveria, an amazing plant for garden beds, lush gardens or North African gardens.

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ succulent care

How do I identify a Graptoveria fred ives?

Tall and wide of fred ives graptoveria succulent is 18-24 inches and 45-60cm. Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is greenish succulent with dark purple fleshy, pointing leaves dotted with shades of pink or white. Bunches of large rosettes with a diameter of 12 inches (30cm) shape the plant .

The color of the rosettes can be adjusted for various purposes, such as temperature, sunlight, etc.  So, the color of rosettes may be mixed with yellow, blue, salmon, teal and coral.


Family Crassulaceae
Genus X Graptoveria
Hardiness 9-11
Climate zone 9a to 11b: from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Exposure Full sun, partial sun
Height 18-24 inches (30-60cm).
Growth habit Upright, exterior
Location Interior
Bloom colors Yellow, blue/green
Colors (Foliage) Orange, copper, pink, purple, black
Water needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil type Loam, sand
Soil pH Acid, alkaline, natural
Soil drainage Well-drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden uses Beds and borders, patio and containers, ground covers
Garden styles Gravel and rock garden, Mediterranean gardens


How do you take care of a Graptoveria fred ives?


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Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ succulent will be grown up to 18-24 inches (30-60cm).


The plant is a hybrid type graptopetalum paraguayense and Echeveria gibbiflora. It will be grown up to 18-24 inches and can be spread 2 inches in diameter.

LIGHT Requirement fred ives graptoveria

Strong sunshine is favoured by these plants over the moderate shade. In maximum sun, they will take on the warmer colors of maroon, red and orange-yellow. They don’t like extreme cold weather, so it is better to grow them in a container that can be taken indoors during the cooler months if you live in zones that frequently get below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. They will retain more of green color in the shade and will even spread out or etiolate often.

Temperature and humidity

Graptoveria succulent can be handled from partial sunlight to full sunlight. If the plant can receive enough sunlight, the color of the plant will turn really bright. So, this plant container can be located outdoors in the summer.

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ tolerated cold but  not for frost. Thus, if you are in a position where it gets too cold, planting them in a container where they can be taken indoors comfortably until the temperature begins to fall beneath 45 degrees Fahrenheit is best.

Is it cold hardy?

The answer to this question is “” NO”. But drought tolerant.

A warm climate prefers this type of succulent. In zone 9a, which is about-6,7 ° C (20 ° F), it will live.


The Hardiness zone of Crassula

‘’Springtime’’ is 9a to 11b: from 20 degrees Fahrenheit to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

(A hardiness zone is a geographically defined region in which, as defined by climatic conditions, a certain type of plant life is able to expand, including its ability to withstand the minimum temperatures of the zone)

Watering Requirement 


ives graptoveria fred has normal watering requirements as a succulent. Soak and dry method is used for supplying the water requirement. Soil should be completely dry between two times watering.

Soil Requirement Type / Ph

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ required loam and sand type soil. The plant can handle all Acid, Alkaline, Neutral conditions of the soil.

Flowering and Fragrance

Owing to the fact that they are exposed to lower temperatures indoors and do not receive too much rainfall, Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ has bright, vibrant flower colors. The color can enhance under summer lighting in some cases. Flower Color: Pale Yellow

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In the shape of compact rosettes, Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ flowers emerge and can have numerous colors, such as blue-green, violet, yellow flowers, etc. yellow pinkish color, star shaped flowers can be seen.

 Pot size Potting and Repotting

Pot size of Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is 2”.

Repotting is an essential thing when a plant is overgrown. Otherwise generally, repotting is done after every three years.

Where to Plant 

In maximum to partial sun, it does good. Plant your garden in an environment that gets 6 hours of sunshine a day.

Graptoveria’Fred Ives is not cold hardy succulent. The plant cannot be handled under 20 degrees of Fahrenheit (-6.7 degrees of Celsius).  In the winter season or in the cold areas, containers with the plant should be taken indoors to prevent from the extra cold.


With maybe a little bit of compost in the mix, these container-bound plants thrive best in peat, sand or gravel.


Every summer, Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ goes through his dormancy time, when extreme heat is present. They are more focused on establishing their roots during these periods, instead of rising. This is their means of being able to properly withstand the heat and drought.

Then, as much as the plant reaches this process, relative to when they are actively growing, they didn’t require as much water. Then try limiting the amount of water you give them as they begin to rot rapidly during dormancy.

Other plants Pairs Well With

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ plant pairs well with crassula ovata “Gollum”.

Can be toxic to pets

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is Non-toxic to humans and wildlife typically.

 Common bugs and ILLNESS ISSUES

This plant is effectively immune to pests and diseases and it is highly immune to deer.

Mildew and  fungi can adversely affect the Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ due to drainage holes without pots and thick soil.

On the other hand, root rot can happen.

 Special care tips

 Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ will start to expand, and in order to make your arrangement look attractive again, you will need to prune it.

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To continue the healthy growing of the succulent you should be remove die and falls leaves and other dirty things.

How do you propagate a graptoveria fred ives?

A popular and effective propagator is ‘Fred Ives’ of Graptoveria. Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is easily propagated from leaves or offsets.


1. Leaf should be twisted from the main stem. Likewise, you should be sure that no  portion of the leaf is left on the mother stem.

2. Facilitate the callousness of the leaf before placing it for a day or two on well-draining soil.


1. Cut a leaf from the mother succulent by using a knife or a pair of scissor

2. Remove the leaf from the mother plant and encourage it to become callous for several days before putting it on soil that is well-drained.

3. Water when this soil has completely dried out.


1. Brake tiny rosette offsets from the main stem by using a knife or a pair of scissors.

2. Allow few days to dry  the offsets  before planting.

How do you repot a succulents graptoveria fred ives?

  1. First of all, simply cut the tops or ends of mature stems off.
  2. Then, plant them in the new pots of well-drained soil after several days.

Repotting is an essential thing when a plant is overgrown. Otherwise generally, repotting is done after every three years.

Is fred ives an indoor plant?

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ is preferred to live in warm temperature. It will be grown happily and healthy indoors if you are living in a cold area.

Do graptoveria fred ives need direct sunlight?

The answer to this question is “Yes”

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ can be handled full sunlight to partial sunlight.

Can fred ives be rooted in water?

Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ needs a typical water requirement like the other succulents but it is not supposed to rest on the water. The plant can be harmed by excess quantities of water.

Graptoveria fred ives plant benefits

  • The plants will add extra little color to your home and your life.
  • The air will be cleaned in your home.
  • Moisture will be added to the environment.
  • Oxygen amount will be increased in your home.

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I’m Dr. Chamika, As a hobby love talking about plants and showing you that taking care of indoor plants. My website is knowledge I’ve learned over the years and continue to learn about growing succulents. If you’re a succulent lover, then you have come to the correct place.

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