In spring/summer, check him weekly and water lightly whenever his top two inches of soil are dry. Cut back in winter.
He’ll live happily in partial shade. To see him at his best, put him somewhere bright, but not in direct sun.
He grows very slowly. You can give him a boost with a liquid feed every four weeks during spring and summer.
Those brown edges on his leaves are not a sign that anything is wrong. They’re just part of his colouring.
Oak leaf plant; Feltbush; Feltplant; Velvetleaf
Toxic if ingested
Nursery pot size
About Oak leaf plant
A native of Madagascar, Kalanchoe beharensis, or Oak leaf plant, is a fascinatingly unusual plant. Its thick, bronze-edged leaves are covered in a fine, wooly fuzz and their underside has rows of fang-like protuberances. It is, in short, quite the character.
In the wild it can grow as tall as two-metres. In spring and summer it blooms with yellow flowers every bit as fuzzy as its leaves.
As an indoor plant it stays smaller and flowerless, but still very fuzzy. It’s a very easy plant. It likes its soil to largely dry out between waterings and is happy with most light conditions.
Did you know?
Those softly spiny undersides evolved as a way to help fend off any predators that come a’nibbling.