Everything You Need to Know About Fuzzy Succulents.
Are you succulent hunting in the market? Or, busy taking a glimpse of these amazing plants during your sightseeing in a succulent garden? No matter the reason, you have probably seen all types of succulents. You will rather be spoilt for choice as you can find these plants in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
What are Fuzzy Succulents?
A fuzzy succulent is a plant with tiny hair all along its leaf surface, which gives it a soft, velvety look and feel. These hairy plants seem to almost blur the line between plants and animals. The hairiness serves the most crucial function beyond taking the grower by surprise with its bushy or smooth texture. Also, you will easily be able to identify a fuzzy succulent if you come across white hair-like elements cultivating the leaves of the succulents.
Why are Some Succulents Fuzzy?
Succulent plants provide very easy plant options for about any gardening need. In general, they can easily be cultivated. Also, they can easily survive in environments that may seem too dried out for other plants. Regardless of whether you are looking for a visually-appealing plant for a bright indoor arrangement or a front window planter, succulents have proven to be an exceptionally great choice.
Not every succulent is fuzzy. Only a few of them cultivate this kind of texture. This is because it is actually the way of survival for succulents. The fuzzy surface of a succulent plant is a way to adapt to being exposed to excessive light. The hairs that make the succulent fuzzy are in some way the makeshift hat or umbrella of the succulents. Each hair that cultivates from these plants emits a shade on the succulent’s leaves’ surface; hence, it cools the leaves’ surface.
If you begin to notice white hairs growing out of your succulents, then it indicates that you need to have them relocated to an area where they will not receive extreme light. The furriness is the succulents’ way of saying that’s living or has been living in an uncongenial location.
You can find hundreds of varieties in succulent plants, including many with fuzzy (or hairy leaves). A lot of plants have fuzzy or furry leaves, which are specialized epidermal cells that keep the plant protected from insect attack.
Soft Succulents, which are also known as “Tender Succulents”, are captivating plants available in a wide range of colors and shapes. The term “soft succulents” incorporated an extensive range of succulent plants that are resistant to drought. However, they are less cold-tolerant comparatively with “hardy” succulents.
How to Take Care of Fuzzy Succulent?
Fuzzy succulents are comprised of a range of cactus with fur, fuzz, or long hair. While you can touch the leaves of fuzzy succulents, you would think twice when it comes to touching the furry-looking cactus. The majority of these plants come equipped with dynamic spines within the hair.
Furry succulent plants, on the other hand, are safe to touch or even pat. Since it can be hard for one to judge the leaf color under the fuzz, using touch to assess the health of these plants seems even more indispensable than with smooth succulents.
Fuzzy succulent care is usually like that for smooth-skin succulents. Make sure you abide by the below-mentioned guidelines:
- Always consider planting in fast-draining succulent soil
- Pick a container with good drainage
- Water the plant meticulously, but only when the succulent is dried up
- Provide as much bright light as the plant can take
There is no denying the fact that fuzzy leaves safeguard the succulent from the sun. But make sure you don’t allow the succulent plant to expose to excessive sunlight, or it will burn. And the best way to water fuzzy succulents is to ensure the water is applied at the soil line than from the overhead. Make sure the leaves of the furry succulent don’t get wet. If the leaves get wet, they can begin to rot.
List of Fuzzy Succulents
With the diverse families and different kinds of succulents, there are some that are vulnerable to cultivate small white hairs to keep the leaves protected from getting burned. Here is a list of some of the well-known fuzzy succulents that you may not be aware of.
Panda Plant or Chocolate soldier
Also known as ‘Kalanchoe tomentosa’ – the panda plant is part of the Kalanchoe genus – a pretty big family comprising of more than 125 succulent blooming plants. The panda plant is among the most renowned fuzzy succulents.
A native of Madagascar, the leaves of this succulent plant are thick and covered in felt-like follicles. If you are looking to grow the panda plant in your home, it is crucial for you to know that this plant grows well in full sun.
White Chenille Plant
Originated in Mexico, the White Chenille Plant produces bell-shaped flowers (orange and yellow) in the spring as well as summer months. This plant comes from the Echeveria genus or is commonly called “Frosty”.
Make sure you place this succulent in well-drained soil. It usually reaches 6 to 12 inches in height.
Copper Rose or Graptopetalum Copper Rose Succulent
Copper Spoons are those succulent plants that have oval-shaped leaves, boasting fine, furry hairs, copper in color on the topside. The underside of this plant’s leaves ranges from gray to bronze. The succulent produces bright yellow flower clusters when in bloom in the early spring to late winter.
Woolly Rose or Woolly Rose Echeveria
The Woolly Rose – part of the Crassulaceae family – is one of the most stunning low-growing clustering succulents plants. With light green furry leaves and bright orange, thorny flower when in bloom during the summer, the Woolly Rose is an amazing garden plant. Unlike several other succulents, this plant should be kept in a moist soil mixture throughout the year. It can reach up to 5 inches in height and requires watering at regular intervals in the summer months.
We are pretty sure you would have definitely tried touching some of the succulent plants, but did you even think about owning them? People with a fondness for these stunningly beautiful succulents must have tried touching them. And if you were lucky enough to try touching this plant with a unique texture by now, you would know that it is called fuzzy succulent.