Super Succulents

Chocolate Soldier


Chocolate Soldier is an expression referring to a good-looking but useless warrior, popularised by George Bernard Shaw’s 1894 play Arms and the Man. The term originates as a derogatory label for a soldier who would not fight but would look good in a uniform, shortened from ‘Chocolate Cream Soldier’


Caring For Chocolate Soldier

1) Light: Chocolate soldier plants appreciate bright, indirect light. Kalanchoe tomentosa does not do well in direct sun and is susceptible to leaf burn. If you notice that your chocolate soldier plant is getting leggy, move it to a brighter location

2) Water: Chocolate soldier plants can be characterized as having low water needs. Allow the soil to dry out thoroughly between waterings, especially in the winter months when the plant is dormant. Chocolate soldier plants may require more frequent watering in the hot summer months

3) Soil: As with most succulents, chocolate soldier plants require dry, well-draining soil. A cactus or succulent soil mix is sufficient for chocolate soldier plants; it can be purchased at most garden centers and nurseries

4) Temperature and Humidity: No need to worry about humidity when it comes to chocolate soldier plants; they enjoy dry conditions! The average household humidity is perfect for these succulents. Temperatures between 15-23ºC (60-75ºF) are advised.

5) Fertilizer: Regular fertilizing is not necessary for chocolate soldier plants. However, fertilizing once at the beginning of the growing season (spring months) can help to encourage strong growth. A cactus or succulent fertilizer is best


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