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Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Kalanchoe (kal-un-KOH-ee) (Info)
Species: tomentosa (toh-men-TOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chocolate Soldier

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Cactus and Succulents

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From leaf cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DracoVolans On Sep 8, 2013, DracoVolans from Crestline, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine were part of one of those multiple succulent planters you can get at the hardware store (Lowe's in my case), and I have to say I'm fascinated by the fuzziness and colour of this little kalancoe. I'll have to bring it in during the winters here, but it seems to be doing fine, otherwise. Only beef is that is hasn't kept to that compact form I was so drawn to and has gotten a tad leggy, despite being in full sun and left alone to weather out the drought of summer. I do water it, just to keep the other succulents in the pot alive. LOL.

Positive CDavison On May 3, 2013, CDavison from Escondido, CA wrote:

I started growing Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' in my garden in Escondido, CA zone 9b, in December of 2012. It bloomed for the first time in April 2013, a cluster of tubular flowers on top of a rather long bloom spike with the inner color being brown.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California
Casa De Oro-mount Helix, California
El Macero, California
San Jose, California
Arcadia, Florida
Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Orangeburg, New York
Dallas, Oregon
Andrews, Texas
Arlington, Texas
League City, Texas

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