Plant Care Felt Bush

Felt Bush

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About Felt Bush

Plants in the Kalanchoe genus are native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. They range from rubbery green leaves, to leopard print, and some are even fuzzy! The word Kalanchoe comes from the Cantonese name for these plants, pronounced Ka-lun-koh-ee in English. Their succulent leaves help store water during droughts, so they'll be just fine if you skip a watering or two (it happens!).

Taxonomy

Kalanchoe beharensis
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Elephant's Ear Kalanchoe, Velvet Elephant Ear, Maltese Cross, Fang, kalanchoe 'fang' and Kalancho Beharensis

How to care for Felt Bush

💦 Water

How often to water your Felt Bush

Water needs for Felt Bush
0.5 cups
every 12

Felt Bush 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 Felt Bush

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Felt Bush in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Felt Bush: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Felt Bush love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Felt Bush does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Felt Bush

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Felt Bush: 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 Felt Bush after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Felt Bush 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 Felt Bush →

Common Felt Bush Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Felt Bush 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.

Felt Bush Water Frequency →

Felt Bush Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Felt Bush 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 🏡.

Felt Bush Light Requirements →

Felt Bush Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Greg does not have confirmed data on this plant’s toxicity. If you, a family member, or a pet consumes plant material of unknown toxicity, it’s always best to consult a medical professional.

If you or someone else ingested this plant, call Poison Control at US (800) 222-1222. If a pet consumed this plant, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA at US (888) 426-4435.


💨 Humidity

Felt Bush 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.

Felt Bush Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Felt Bush 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 Felt Bush →

When and How to Successfully Repot Felt Bush →


💩 Fertilizer

Felt Bush should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Felt Bush 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

Felt Bush is native to Madagascar and Tropical Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Felt Bush produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Felt Bush will branch off as it grows. To encourage branching, pinch off the newest growth at the tip and the stem will branch off into two.

How and When to Prune Felt Bush →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

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

Felt Bush Temperature Tolerance →


🧐 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.


Care Summary for Felt Bush

Felt Bush

Felt Bush


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

Felt Bush has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 16
Felt Bush has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 9
Felt Bush has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 7
Felt Bush has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 5
Felt Bush has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 2
@strawberrymoon avatar
@@strawberrymoon
leaf-1 22 Plants
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01/25/2022

a slow grower ngl, but that’s probably bc it’s winter here! but despite the slowness, her growth is definitely noticeable. haven’t had any problems with her at all and she’s very fluffy <3

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Priscilla avatar
@Priscilla
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 42 XP
globe Pembroke Pines, FL
12/02/2021

Surprisingly easy to maintain

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@haileycummings3 avatar
@@haileycummings3
leaf-1 6 Plants
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globe Catskill, NY
11/07/2021

easy to care for

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Ava  avatar
@Ava
leaf-1 4 Plants
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globe Oxford, FL
10/21/2021

I feel as if it has a hard time rooting in to the soil. On multiple occasions I have bumped in to the table that I have it on. It has fallen out of the cup with barely any roots or soil on it. But I mean it is still live so.

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@czecilia avatar
@@czecilia
leaf-1 8 Plants
xp 677 XP
10/02/2021

Bought it when it wasn’t in the best shape, it lost a leaf but then recovered so quickly! It doesn’t require a lot of effort and it’s been growing so fast in the last couple of months! The leaves are beautiful and fuzzy, mine loves to sit in front of my west-facing window that gets plenty of direct sunlight in the afternoon.

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@honeyyvoiced avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Mount Prospect, IL
08/25/2021

Very soft. Just be aware of the amount of water you give the plant

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@Gracemelissa98 avatar
@@Gracemelissa98
leaf-1 21 Plants
xp 1,257 XP
05/31/2021

Love love love! Bought a plant from Canadian tire and repotted had 4 separate root systems and 2 more starting! A great plant for sharing with other plant lovers!!

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Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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@RobbertE avatar
@@RobbertE
leaf-1 6 Plants
xp 186 XP
globe Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
05/19/2021

Very special one, huge leaves. Madagascar inhabitant

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Sarah avatar
@Sarah
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 86 XP
globe Whitman, MA
04/28/2021

It’s fuzzy and is a very happy plant in my pot with my other plants. It started as 1 small “branch” and is now 4 branches and a very healthy succulent with minimum effort. I recommend!!

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@Keyshaj avatar
@@Keyshaj
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 1,547 XP
04/22/2021

I love this fuzzy little guy. I’ve had him awhile and he has definitely grown quite a bit. Hardly ever water it and doesn’t seem to have any issues

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