Topsy Debbi: Diseases and Remedies (Explained for Beginners)

NOTE: In this article, Topsy Debbi and x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ may be used interchangeably; in fact, x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ is the botanical name for Topsy Debbi.

The hybrid of Echeveria runyonii ‘Topsy Turvy’ and x Graptoveria ‘Debbi’ is known as Topsy Debbi. The thick, spoon-shaped leaves of this succulent grow in stemless rosettes and feature a dusty lilac color. Cool weather can bring on a more vivid appearance, as the color can change in intensity depending on the growing conditions.

The plant usually flowers in the spring but may bloom again later in the year. Topsy Debbi is a fairly rare plant to find at garden centers, but it is easy to care for even for beginners.

Why does my x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ roots have rot?

If left untreated, root rot on your Topsy Debbi (x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’) can be fatal. For this reason, if the symptoms appear, we highly advise that you adhere to our recommendations to keep your plant alive: Blackened and softened roots.

Why does my Topsy Debbi have gray mold spots?

A particular fungus known as gray mold spots spreads quickly and frequently damages flowers. This fungus is probably to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. If you disregard these warning signs, your plant could die.

Our Solution

The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.

Why does my Topsy Debbi have leaf spots?

Leaf We provide you with all the information you need to identify and save your plants if they display signs like leaves that suddenly change color or wilt/droop. This sort of sickness is one of the most aggravating for Topsy Debbi owners.

Why are my Topsy Debbi leaves turning yellow?

This is probably the most common problem in the gardening world, yellowing leaves. There are 2 main reasons for this phenomenon, overwatering, or a lack of nutrients.

When it’s overwatering, simply reduce your watering frequency, and if you think it’s a nutrient deficiency, here’s how to check it:

Here are some signs of yellowing caused by the many deficiencies on the x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ in question:

  • Yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves are the first sign of magnesium shortage. Veins continue to be green while the leaf’s core turns yellow. The leaf’s edges yellow last.
  • Another indicator of iron deficiency is yellowing between leaf veins, but young leaves on plant tops and branch tips are first affected.
  • Sulfur deficiency starts with the newest leaves, turning them yellow throughout.
  • Insufficient potassium causes the leaf edges to turn brilliant yellow while the interior of the leaf stays green. Older leaves show the symptoms initially, and the leaf edges quickly darken.
  • Nitrogen deficiency shows up as a general yellowing. Older, inner leaves turn yellow first. As it progresses, yellowing moves outward, eventually reaching young leaves, too.

Our Solution

You only need to respond to the signs mentioned above. A gardening store expert will be able to provide you advice on how to purchase a specific soil to treat a potassium or nitrogen deficiency. Additionally, you can reduce how often you water your plants.

Is my Topsy Debbi sunburned?

You can easily tell if your Topsy Debbi (your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’) has a sunburn. In this case, your plant will change color, starting to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.


As we saw above, if your Topsy Debbi receives too much water or not enough light, the leaves may also change color.

The bottom of the yellow leaves with a shaded area closer to the base can be examined to determine if they have been sunburned. If this part remains greener, the yellow leaf is most likely sunburned and not something else.

Why are my Topsy Debbi leaves turning brown?

The classic sign that a plant has been overexposed to direct sunlight and sunburned is the development of browning leaves. Rest assured that while this may probably save your plant from dying, it will adversely affect its growth.

Should I leave my x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ in direct sunlight?

No! If your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ (or Topsy Debbi) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Topsy Debbi is in such a state!

Our Solution

As stated in the paragraph above, the cure is straightforward: simply position your plant’s Topsy Debbi so that it is out of direct sunlight. With proper watering and this method, your plant should quickly come back to life.

Why are my x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ leaves drooping or wilting ?

This typically occurs when your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ gets dehydrated. Large plants are more at risk since they naturally require more water than smaller plants.


You may quickly determine if your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ plant needs water by under-weighing its pot; if it seems light, the soil and roots are probably fairly dry and require water.

Our Solution

In order to ensure that the roots of your plant receive the water’s benefits, you must first moisten the soil in the container if it is absolutely dry. One common error is to immediately drown the Topsy Debbi after a dry period in the belief that it requires a lot of water.

This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.

Caring Tips for x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’

Water Occasionally

Water is necessary for your plant to live, but timing and amount of watering must be balanced. Overwatering could have disastrous effects on your own name, as we already mentioned.

Touching the soil will let you know whether your plant needs water or not; if it still feels damp, it’s generally best to wait a few more days.

Always keep temperatures stable

It’s also a good idea to keep your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ at a constant temperature, especially if it’s kept indoors. In general, at GreenShack, we suggest booking a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, keep your x Graptoveria’Topsy Debbi’ away from radiators, air conditioners, and other sources of hot or cold air.

Keep your Topsy Debbi Dust-Free

This one concerns indoor plants, just like on your furniture, dust is also deposited on the leaves of your indoor plants, the problem is that it can prevent them from receiving the necessary light, this would slow down (or even stop) the photosynthesis process, and eventually, they would lose their colors.

This would be a true journey into hell for your Topsy Debbi and would also satisfy the pests.

To remove the dust, gently rub the plant’s leaves with a microfiber cloth. Dust can be removed more easily with a damp cloth, but stay away from corrosive substances like rubbing alcohol!

Keep drainage in mind

If you tend to overwater, you need to pay attention to your drainage, and we advise choosing a saucer and a pot with drainage holes if they are not already there.

You can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the interim if your pots don’t already have holes in them. This will help to form a channel so that the water doesn’t pool there for too long (preventing the rot of the roots!).