We so are thankful for fuzzy succulents! It didn’t take us long to decide that we wanted to use Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon’ for our November Boutique Box.
The dark brown and rusty-colored margins on ‘Cinnamon’s’ leaves scream November. Her fuzzy, felt-like leaves make us want to cozy up in sweaters. We could just eat her up like pumpkin pie!
In this post, 8 things to know about Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon.’ Plus, be sure to view our accompanying video at the end.
1. What’s with the fuzz?
The word “Tomentosa” in Latin means “covered in hairs.” If you see that in a plant’s name, that’s a clue that it will be covered in felt-like hairs. These hairs provide protection from the sun and the environment in general. ‘Cinnamon’ is a succulent among several other fuzzy cultivars of Kalanchoe tomentosa.
2. Colors vary
Succulents are famous for changing colors depending on the amount of light and water. The same is true with ‘Cinnamon.’ She’ll get an almost-black dark brown with lots of light.
Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon’ is very similar to the wider known Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier.’ The main difference between the two is that ‘Cinnamon’ is darker than the Chocolate Soldier.
3. Growing habits
‘Cinnamon’ can grow over 12 inches tall but will stay compact when grown in a pot. Older bottom leaves will die off as new rosette leaves grow from the center.
‘Cinnamon’ is summer dormant, meaning she’s a winter grower. This means a slow down in growth during hotter months and maximum growth during cooler months.
Expect ‘Cinnamon’ to bloom in the spring with a red flower.
Hardiness refers to the coldest temperature a plant can tolerate. Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon’ can tolerate around 30 degrees, but be sure to protect her from frost or she may scar.
Soft to the touch, but beware: Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon’ is toxic to pets.
6. Basic Care
‘Cinnamon’ requires care similar to the general succulent population. Here’s her basic care requirements:
- Water: Only water when soil is completely dry. Do not overwater!
- Light: Indoors–provide bright light. Outdoors–partial or filtered sun, especially in summer.
- Soil: Needs well-draining soil. (Cactus/succulent mix or a soil that has amendments like pumice, perlite, gritty sand).
- Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Cinnamon’ is a fuzzy succulent and a cultivar of Kalachoe tomentosa.
- ‘Cinnamon’ can grow more than 12 inches tall but will stay compact when grown in a container.
- Expect ‘Cinnamon’ to bloom in the spring before taking a pause for summer dormancy. She’s a winter grower!
- ‘Cinnamon’ can tolerate temperatures to around 30 degrees, but protect her from frost.
- Keep ‘Cinnamon’ away from pets, as she’s toxic!
- Care for ‘Cinnamon’ much like other succulents: provide bright light, water only when the soil is completely dry, and plant/pot in a well-draining soil.
Stop by The Cactique to see what we’re potting this month!