Along with the rest of the world, we’ve been on a serious succulent kick over here. We added a new Hens and Chicks to our succulent garden a few weeks ago and she’s now been joined by our new Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang, Peter Quill. It was a compromise. I love the name Peter and it seems there’s no escaping all things Marvel Comics these days so I now have a succulent named after Starlord, leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a good thing he’s handsome (the plant I mean)…
The Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang is known for its eccentric appearance and velvety triangular leaves. The leaves are often edged brown and have little silver hairs that give it a fuzzy texture, hence the “Felt Plant” nickname. Like other succulents, it’s a natural desert plant so it prefers dry climates and bright, direct sunlight.
How to grow Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang
The Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang is extremely low-maintenance and they grow well indoors and out. If you grow them inside (like I do) you’ll want to line the pot with a loose soil mixture or use cactus soil. Cactus soil is naturally gritty and rocky so it promotes good drainage and prevents the succulents from being soaked in too much moisture. I love this mix for our succulents and I add in a little bit of soil to bring it to a consistency I like. Our succulents have done really well with it. During the summer you can fertilize it with standard green plant or houseplant fertilizer but you don’t need to unless you think they’re looking a little ragged.
During the summer you should water your Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang succulent once a week but the rest of the year you can drop that back to once every other week. I have a chart I keep in my kitchen so I can record which plants I watered on which day. It’s not so bad when you only have a couple but it can get really confusing when you have as many as we do and they are all on different schedules.
Over time, this succulent can grow to over 6-feet but he’s a slow grower so that’ll take many years. It’s important to be aware of the growth though so you can transplant as needed and make sure they have room to expand as needed. As long as you trim discolored or decaying foliage to promote new growth this succulent will hang around for years.
I’ve heard and read mixed things about whether or not this succulent is toxic to animals but as with most plants, I take caution to keep them away from my dogs. I attended a succulent workshop a few weeks ago and I was assured this particular variety of Kalanchoe is not toxic to dogs but I’m always uneasy when I read mixed things about it.
Peter makes a good office plant for now so until he gets too big to sit on my desk, he’s going to sit in his little terra cotta pot away from those curious nibbling pups of ours. I love large succulents and I’m excited to watch him grow over the next few years. He’s such a baby now but I keep imagining how gorgeous he’s going to look when he reaches multiple feet tall. He’s going to be such a stunner!
If you are up for making a long-term investment in a gorgeous succulent, the Kalanchoe Beharensis Fang is a great place to start.