Plant Care Leather Plant

Leather Plant

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Leather Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Leather Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Leather Plant

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 orgyalis
Kalanchoe
Crassulaceae
Saxifragales

Also known as

Copper Spoons, Copper Spoons, Cinnamon Bear and Shoe Leather Kalanchoe

How to care for Leather Plant

💦 Water

How often to water your Leather Plant

Water needs for Leather Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Leather Plant 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 Leather Plant

Water 0.5 cups every
12

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Copper Spoons in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Leather Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Leather Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Leather Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Leather Plant

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

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💡 FAQs
💦 Water Needs

Leather Plant 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.

Copper Spoons Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Leather Plant 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 🏡.

Copper Spoons Light Requirements →

Copper Spoons 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.

Copper Spoons Toxicity to Cats →

Copper Spoons Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Leather Plant 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.

Copper Spoons Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Leather Plant 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 Copper Spoons →

When and How to Successfully Repot Copper Spoons →


💩 Fertilizer

Leather Plant 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!

How Much and When to Fertilize Copper Spoons →


❄️ Dormancy

It’s common for Leather Plant 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

Leather Plant is native to Madagascar and Tropical Africa.


🌸 Flowers

Leather Plant produces flowers in the wild, but does not flower when kept as houseplants.

Copper Spoons Flowers →


🧐 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 Leather Plant

Leather Plant

Leather Plant


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

Leather Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 10
Leather Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
Leather Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 3
Leather Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Leather Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 1
@fouifon avatar
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leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 255 XP
01/22/2022

I love theeem

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
@annachromatic avatar
@@annachromatic
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 675 XP
globe Lincoln, NE
10/02/2021

This is potted with my Echeveria prolifica and I don’t water either plant very often and they are both thriving. It is super pretty with its green and copper spoon-shaped leaves. It’s one of my favorites.

@R_L avatar
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leaf-1 17 Plants
xp 472 XP
globe Homer City, PA
09/15/2021

Great plant. Toxic though!!

Survivor Survivor
@alysaisabelle avatar
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leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 373 XP
globe North Andover, MA
07/11/2021

Just recently adopted this Kalanchoe, it was not watered or given proper light for 6+ months. Slowly she’s coming back to life.

Survivor Survivor
@tortoise avatar
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leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 249 XP
globe Little Rock, AR
04/26/2021

This is the first succulent I haven’t immediately killed!! I think the copper coloration paired with the interesting shape is wonderful and provides a nice mixture to your collection!

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