Chocolate Soldier Plant Care

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Basic Chocolate Soldier Plant Care

Chocolate Soldier Plants are popular succulents as they are super low effort and easy to care for. Below you will find everything you need to know to help your Chocolate Soldier Plant thrive.

Bright Indirect Light

I love the sunshine but too much direct light will damage my leaves.

Water Infrequently

I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.

Low Humidity

I grow best in pretty dry environments so don’t try and increase the humidity.

Draining Soil

I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.

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Detailed Chocolate Soldier Plant Care

Whether you're looking to make sure your Chocolate Soldier Plant is in it's perfect conditions, or looking to see if one could work for your space. We've got you covered.

Bright, indirect light is best

You will want to keep your Chocolate Soldier Plant in bright but indirect light. Unlike a lot of other succulents, Chocolate Soldier Plant don’t do well with strong direct light.

Keep water to a minimum

Chocolate Soldier Plants need their potting mix to fully dry out between waterings as they are very sensitive to root rot.

Chocolate Soldier Plant need dry environments

One thing you don’t need to worry about when it comes to caring for a Chocolate Soldier Plant is humidity. They don’t need any boost and actually thrive best in dry environments.

Average room temperature is best

You want to keep your Chocolate Soldier Plant away from extreme temperatures. They will suffer in hotspots or near drafty windows.

Well-draining soil is a must

Chocolate Soldier Plants need a potting mix that is well-drainage and contains ingredients to help aeration. This will stop any waterlogging.

Only fertilise once a year

It’s important to only fertilise your Chocolate Soldier Plant once during spring. You don’t need to fertilise often and definitely not during winter/autumn. Use a cacti and succulent specific fertiliser.

Only repot every few years

Chocolate Soldier Plants are slow growers so won’t become pot bound very quickly. You might need to only repot it once every 2-3 years.

Propagate by leaf cutting

You can propagate your Chocolate Soldier Plant as you would with other succulents; through single leaves and offshoots. Be aware that propagating Chocolate Soldier Plant isn’t always successful so might take a few attempts.

Chocolate Soldier Plants are toxic to pets

It’s important that your pets don’t ingest any of your Chocolate Soldier Plant as it is toxic.

Chocolate Soldier Plant Care Starter Kit

We've put together this great little starter kit that includes all of the equipment and information you'll need to take proper care of your Chocolate Soldier Plant.

Common Problems with your Chocolate Soldier Plant

Here are some common issues that you might run into. It's important to diagnose any issues early to give your plant the best chance of bouncing back.

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Chocolate Soldier Plants naturally develop some brown leaves as they age, it’s natural! Remove them once you notice it starting to dry up to encourage your plant to use the energy on producing new leaves. If leaves are frequently drying out then your Chocolate Soldier Plant might need a little bit more water.

If you water directly onto the leaves of your Chocolate Soldier Plant then they may begin to rot. You want to avoid getting the leaves wet when you water.

Yellow leaves on Chocolate Soldier Plants can indicate overwatering. These plants don’t need as much water as other houseplants and are sensitive to root rot. Replace the soil if still moist to avoid any further damage to the plant.

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