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Why Are Some Succulents Fuzzy?

Succulents provide easy plant options for just about any gardening need. They are typically easy to grow and can survive in environments that may be too dry for other plants.

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Whether you are looking for a fun, eye-catching plant for a front window planter or a clever indoor arrangement, succulents are a great choice.

There are hundreds of succulent varieties, including several with fuzzy leaves. Many plants have fuzzy or hairy leaves that are specialized epidermal cells that protect the plant from insect attack.

The fuzzy texture may also discourage animals from grazing upon it.

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Soft Succulents (also known as “Tender Succulents”) are fascinating plants of all shapes & colors. The term “soft succulents” covers a broad range of succulents that are very drought tolerant but less cold tolerant than “hardy” succulents.

Extreme wet weather will also be tolerated, provided you have proper drainage. Soft Succulents feature a wide range of textures and colors and are incredibly versatile.

They can be used as low water ground cover in warmer areas, in pots of all kinds, as houseplants, as wedding favors, to “paint” living pictures on green walls or wreaths, and much, much more.

Too much water is not good for fuzzy succulents. However, succulents like to have their soil soaked and then dry out before watering again. So, soak the soil and then let it dry completely.

Water carefully. Avoid getting the furry leaves wet because they’ll easily rot. 

Water from the bottom or water the potting mix. If the leaves need to be cleaned, brush them gently with a soft, dry brush, such as a small paintbrush.

Fuzzy succulents, like the Kalanchoe tomentosa is tolerant of dry air. It makes a good houseplant for heated homes.

Just give it plenty of light and it’ll thrive for many years.

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Panda Plant

Panda Plants (Kalanchoe tomentosa) are part of the Kalanchoe genus, which includes more than 125 succulent flowering plants.

Native to Madagascar, the leaves of this plant are thick and covered in felt-like follicles.

Responding best in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9 through 12, the Panda Plant produces a greenish white flower when in bloom. The plant prefers full sun, but benefits from light afternoon shade.

Reaching up to 18 inches, these plants should be planted in a well-drained soil mix consisting of sand, loam, and gravel. They need minimal water during the winter months and require watering once they become completely dry throughout the rest of the year.

White Chenille Plant

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The White Chenille Plant (Echeveria pulvinata ‘Frosty’) originated in Mexico and produces orange and yellow bell-shaped flowers in the spring and summer months.

This plant should be placed in a well-drained soil and typically reaches 6 to 12 inches in height.

Known for its expansive growth pattern, the White Chenille Plant may sprawl several feet in width. Its bushy, green leaves are covered in white hairs, giving the plant a frosted appearance.

The White Chenille Plant does well in USDA hardiness zones 9b through 10. It requires no water during the winter.

Copper Spoons

Copper Spoons (Kalanchoe orgyalis) are succulents that have oval-shaped leaves that boast fine, fuzzy hairs, copper in color, on the topside.

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The undersides of the leaves range from bronze to gray and the plant produces bright yellow flower clusters when in bloom in the late winter to early spring. This plant is very hardy in USDA zones 9b through 11 and does best if planted among rocks and dry soils, similar to its original climate in Madagascar. CopperSpoons should be kept on the dry side and require little to moderate water.

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