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Chocolate Soldier Plant Care
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.
I can be quite sensitive to root rot so be careful not to overwater me.
I grow best in pretty dry environments so don't try and increase the humidity.
I like a mix that includes peat moss and perlite as these prevent my roots from becoming water-logged.
Detailed Chocolate Soldier Plant Care Information
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.
Too much or too little water can cause brown leaves on your Chocolate Soldier Plant, so make sure you find a good balance and adjust depending on the seasons. You want to be watering less during the colder, darker months as your plant will be dormant.
Dry brown leaves can often indicate underwatering, whereas if the leaves on your Chocolate Soldier Plant are dark brown and soft, then you may be overwatering.
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 FAQs
Quick and simple answers to the most common questions we see about the Chocolate Soldier Plant.
Yes, unfortunately, the Chocolate Soldier Plant is toxic and can cause stomach issues if eaten so keep them away from pets and children if there is a risk they might try and nibble at the leaves.
You want to keep your Chocolate Soldier Plant in bright but indirect sunlight. Unlike a lot of other succulents, Chocolate Soldier Plants don’t do well with strong direct light as it can dry out the leaves and leave your plant brown and crispy.
Chocolate Soldier Plants need their soil to dry out between waterings as they can be susceptible to root rot if the potting mix retains too much moisture for too long. This is why it’s super important to check the soil before watering and holding off for a few days if it’s still a little damp. Another thing you need to consider is the season as you want to cut back watering to once a month during winter.
Chocolate Soldier Plants definitely aren’t the fastest growing houseplants out there so might not be for you if you want to see new leaves popping out constantly. However, there are a few benefits to this as it makes them perfect for smaller spaces and you don’t need to worry about repotting for a while.
Chocolate Soldier Plants can be pretty easy to care for but aren’t a total beginner houseplant.
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.
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 and turning brown out then your Chocolate Soldier Plant might need a little bit more water. Be very gradual in increasing either the frequency that you water your plant, or the amount each time as too much water can cause a whole range of issues beyond the initial brown leaves.
If the leaves on your Chocolate Soldier Plant are brown and soft then overwatering may also be the cause. In this case replace the potting mix and cut back on your watering to avoid further brown leaves in future.
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.
Your Chocolate Soldier Plant will commonly lose some leaves if it’s being underwatered. As a succulent, the Chocolate Soldier Plant doesn’t actually need that much water to thrive but if the potting mix is dry for too long, it’ll respond by drooping a few leaves.
Chocolate Soldier Plants can also lose their leaves in response to intense heat as they begin to dry out or if they are stressed or become shocked by a sudden change in environment.
You can tell a lot about why your Chocolate Soldier Plant is losing leaves by inspecting the leaves that fall off as well as the rest of the plant.
Although they don’t actually need that much moisture to survive, your Chocolate Soldier Plant may begin to droop down as a sign that it is being underwatered. Luckily, drooping is usually one of the first warning signs that something is wrong so if there are no other visible issues with your plant then you have most probably caught the issue early which will help to solve it quickly.
To ensure that it is underwatering causing your Chocolate Soldier Plant to droop, inspect the potting mix to check that it is dry and you may find that the roots have turned shrivelled and crispy. To solve the issue and stop your Chocolate Soldier Plant from drooping, slowly reintroduce watering and adjust your watering schedule moving forward.
Curling leaves on a Chocolate Soldier Plant tends to indicate issues with watering. This can actually be caused by both over and underwatering so it’s important that you check the potting mix before making any amends to your watering schedule.
If the curling leaves on your Chocolate Soldier Plant are caused by too much moisture, replace the potting mix and trim away any soft leaves. If underwatering is the problem, slowly reintroduce watering and increase the amount of water you are giving your plant each time. This should prevent it from drying out and developing curling leaves.
Simple Chocolate Soldier Plant Care Requirements
It sometimes helps to take caring for your plants back to the basics, here's the key considerations that you should take into account when caring for your Kalanchoe tomentonsa.
These simple points should give you all you need to keep your plant happy and healthy for years to come.
|Common Name||Chocolate Soldier Plant|
|Latin Name||Kalanchoe tomentonsa|
|Light||Bright Indirect Light|
|Soil Type||Draining Soil|