Graptoveria Topsy Debbi (Lilac Spoons) Plant Profile

Learn how to grow this unique succulent variety

topsy debbie succulent

The Spruce / Kara Riley 

Graptoveria topsy debbi, also commonly referred to as Graptoveria lilac spoons, is a unique hybrid of Echeveria runyonii ‘topsy turvy’ and xGraptoveria ‘Debbi’ in the Crassulaceae family. Topsy debbi is characterized by its stunning dusty lilac color, which changes in intensity depending on its growing conditions. It is especially popular among succulent collectors and is recognized as a unique and rare succulent hybrid variety. Its beautiful colors and ease of care make Graptoveria topsy debbi a great succulent for plant enthusiasts and beginners alike.

Botanical Name xGraptoveria 'Topsy Debbi'
Common Name Topsy Debbi, Lilac Spoons
Plant Type Succulent
Mature Size 20cm across
Sun Exposure Bright, direct light
Soil Type Well-draining, cactus soil
Soil pH 6.0
Bloom Time Spring, summer
Flower Color Yellow
closeup of topsy debbie succulent
The Spruce / Kara Riley  
graptoveria side by side
 

How to Grow Graptoveria Topsy Debbi

Graptoveria topsy debbi is a relatively low-maintenance plant to care for with growing requirements similar to most other succulents. It requires a level of ‘stress’ in order to maintain its stunning colors, which is usually achieved by providing the plant with consistent, bright sunlight and limiting the amount of water it receives. 

Graptoveria topsy debbi is not prone to any specific pests, however, keep an eye out for mealybugs and scale who like to hide out in the crevices of its leaves which can make them hard to spot.

Light

When growing topsy debbi outdoors, it is recommended that the plant is situated in a spot that receives direct morning sunlight, but is partially shaded throughout the afternoon to protect it from getting sunburnt by the intense midday rays. When grown indoors, however, sunlight is filtered through window panes which makes it less intense, and your topsy debbi should be situated in a location where it receives bright, direct light throughout most of the day. If you notice that the colors on your topsy debbi are becoming less intense over time, that may be an indication it is not receiving enough light, and the use of a grow light may be necessary to keep its colors vivid.

Soil

Graptoveria topsy debbi requires porous, well-draining soil to help protect the plant from overwatering and root rot. Cactus or succulent soil is ideal for this plant.

Water

It is very important to water Graptoveria topsy debbi sparingly, as too much water can kill the plant quickly, and minimal water helps to keep the plant ‘stressed’ and vividly colored. As with most succulents, give your topsy debbi a good soak once the soil has nearly dried out - allowing the water to drain through the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Leaves that are beginning to look ‘shriveled’ are an indication that the plant is thirsty and requires more water.

Temperature and Humidity

Topsy debbi is a succulent that does not tolerate frost well. When grown indoors, this is less of a concern - but nevertheless it is best to ensure that it is situated far away from cold drafts or breezy windows, especially during the winter.

The average household humidity is suitable for topsy debbi as it prefers dry conditions. Be sure to avoid placing your topsy debbi in humid areas of your house - such as the bathroom or laundry room, or near a humidifier.

Fertilizer

Similar to most succulents, Graptoveria topsy debbi does not require regular fertilizing in order to thrive. If you wish to fertilizer your topsy debbi, it is best to do so in the spring as it is entering its active growing period. 

Potting and Repotting

Topsy debbi should be repotted once it has outgrown its previous growing container. Be sure to always choose a pot that has adequate drainage for your topsy debbi. The best time to repot a topsy debbi is during the spring or summer as it is in its active growing period. Avoid repotting during the winter when the plant has entered dormancy.

Propagating Graptoveria Topsy Debbi

Graptoveria topsy debbi propagates easily through separation and leaf cuttings. Healthy, mature plants will begin to grow ‘pups’ off of their main stem which can be separated by cutting the pup from the mother plant and replanting it in its own pot. Be sure to allow the freshly separated plant's stem to callous over for a couple of days before placing it in the soil to ensure it doesn’t rot. 

To propagate Graptoveria topsy debbi through leaf cuttings, gently separate a healthy leaf from the main plant by wiggling the leaf back and forth until it ‘pops’ off the plant. Place the separated leaf on a tray or saucer of soil and place it in indirect light. Do not water the leaf until you begin to see roots sprouting from the end, and then water sparingly as you would with a mature topsy debbi. Within a few weeks, you should begin to see a small plant begin to grow at the end of the leaf. Be sure not to remove the leaf from the new plant - it is providing it with energy and nutrients! Over time the leaf will shrivel up and fall off on its own.