Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’

The Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ is a drought-resistant succulent famous for its foliage. It’s a unique-looking plant, eye-catching even, but as we all know, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. This bushy succulent is also known as the felt plant. It is a one-time award-winning plant for the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society. It’s in the family Crassulacae and grows to about 3-5 feet.

Origin and Characteristics Of Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’

Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ is native to Madagascar, and its name Beharensis is derived from the region where it grows in the wild, Beharas in Madagascar.

Leaves

This plant’s foliage is its main attraction, and it’s easy to understand why. They have triangular velvet leaves, arranged in pairs at right-angles to each other with doubly crinkled margins. Each leaf is about 4 inches long and 2-4 inches wide. The leaf margins are bronze on the upper side, while the underside is silvery gray. The fleshy leaves are covered with fine silver hairs and display many fang-like bumps on the underside. Their cupped form and undulating edges add to the unique character of this plant.

Flowers

The flowers of the Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ are also lovely. They bloom from the spring to summer, with mature plants producing large clusters of flowers. The blooms are urn-shaped and have a lovely bright orange or red color, making them very attractive in the summer.  It’s also important to note that the plant may not produce any blooms when adequate conditions are not met.

Stems

They have woody stems that grow up to 5 feet tall when all conditions are present.

Toxicity

Like all Kalanchoe, the felt plant is mildly toxic when ingested so ensure to keep it away from the reach of children and pets to avoid gastro ingestion problems.

Uses

Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ is noteworthy for its eccentric appearance. They are excellent for beds, borders, Mediterranean, and succulent gardens. They are perfect for containers that can create an excellent floral arrangement.

Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ Care & Growing Guide

Light Requirements

Summer is this plant’s growing season, and adequate sunlight is essential for its growth. It prefers full sunlight and can withstand it even during scorching summers due to its adaptations. The need for sunlight may not be as much in winter because the plant is dormant then, and it doesn’t need too much sunlight, which, as we know, is an essential element of photosynthesis.

Therefore, you can keep the plant under indirect sunlight in winter because it still needs a little of it to survive. Growing the plant outdoors in a Mediterranean or succulent garden would be ideal. In that environment, your plant would get adequate sunlight in season and have most of its water needs provided for through rain, etc.

Place your velvet plant next to the windows that enable it to access direct sunlight in summer. Keep the plant within one foot of the window to enjoy as much sunlight as possible. It may be necessary to move it around to windows facing different directions for it to benefit maximally from the sunlight.

Watering

Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ is drought resistant, like most other succulents. Watering and soil are probably the two most important considerations for the plant because most of the most important diseases that affect this plant are caused by overwatering. These include root rot and fungal infections on the leaves. Although the plant generally requires little water, you will need to water it more often in hotter seasons than in colder ones due to evaporation. How easily you manage this aspect of care for your plant will largely be determined by the type of soil on which you have grown your plant. Well-draining soil will make your watering immeasurably easier to maintain.

How to check if your plant needs water

How do you know your plant requires to be watered? The topsoil dryness test is always an effective method of knowing whether your plant requires some watering. Insert a finger into the plant’s soil or potting mix to feel whether or not the top two inches of the soil is dry. If dry, your soil needs more water since moisture from the previous drink has dried up.

When you notice the bottom leaves of the plant start to wrinkle and slightly wilt when the plant is severely dehydrated and needs urgent watering.

Best method for watering Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’

The best method to water Kalanchoe Beharensis is the soak and dry method. Insert the plant into a large container filled with water and allow the plant to soak in the water for at least half an hour. After removing the plant, let the excess moisture drain from the drainage holes at the bottom of the container for another half an hour. Water again when the soil is dry.

Dipping your plant in a tab is more applicable to this plant due to the structure of its leaves. The leaves are cupped and velvety, so if you pour water on them as you water the plant, it will be retained on the leaf, and the leaf’s surface makes

We are always cautious about giving a definite watering schedule even for the various seasons because the environmental conditions are a significant factor in how well the soil can retain water. Ambient temperature, for example, determines how fast water in the soil evaporates. Even in the same seasons, this temperature varies from place to place.

Soil for Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’

This plant does well in well-draining soil; waterlogged soil can quickly kill it. If you are going for a commercial pottage, buy cactus or succulent soil commercially. That soil is already well-draining, but you will need to make it easier to drain. You should add fifty to seventy percent grit. Grit could be coarse sand, perlite, or pumice. The soil will always be moist, not dry, but not entirely wet either. The use of commercial pottage mix is best when growing your plant in a pot.

On the other hand, if you are growing the plant outdoors in a Mediterranean garden or as a hedge, you will need to ensure the soil is well-draining. The plant can handle rock ground, so that should not be a problem. If the soil in your area has more clay than grit, you can introduce soil in the planting holes to allow your water to drain quickly. Also, you may need to create French drains to allow any excess water to run off the roots.

Ideal Pot for Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’

If you are planting your Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ in a pot, you will need to carefully consider the type of pot you use. This is because the pot is critical in ensuring your soil will be well-drained. It should have several draining holes at the bottom because the water that gets to the soil must get out to avoid waterlogging. You can also use a breathable pot to enhance the evaporation of water. Unglazed terracotta pots are the best option for growing these succulents.

Feeding Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’

You can fertilize this Kalanchoe once a month using a houseplant feed that has been diluted to half concentration. You can fertilize the plant during the summer when it is actively growing twice a month. During the winter, don’t feed the plant. It is usually dormant during this period; feeding it would only cause a buildup of salts. As a caution, you need to regulate the amount of fertilizer you feed the plant. Excess feeding will lead to a buildup of salts. This will lead to the roots being scorched, and the plant dies.

Temperature

This plant is not cold-hardy and starts showing signs of distress whenever temperatures in the environment go below 55oF (13oC). Many places in the United States and the rest of the western hemisphere experience winters significantly colder than this. When temperatures reach 41oF (5oC), you should know that your plant can’t survive in such an environment for much longer than a week.

How do you position your Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ in light of these winters? There are two possible ways; you can plant it outdoors only if you live in a place where winters don’t get as cold. Also, you could plant the plant indoors, where you will be able to regulate your temperature even when the winter is cold. This is possible even for this relatively small plant grows much smaller in a pot. Another practice that can benefit the plant is to move it outdoors for some hours in summer. These opportunities allow it to grow healthy.

Pests and diseases

This plant can withstand a majority of the pests that trouble other plants. Deer, for example, is taken care of by the fact that the plant is poisonous to animals. However, it is susceptible to mealybugs, aphids, plant scale, and spider mites. You can protect the plant from these pests by keeping the plant clean and well aired. Removing drying leaves is one way of ensuring protection because these pests like to hide in them.

Always keep the plant healthy, healthy plants can repel the pests more effectively, but hungry plants are usually vulnerable to these pests. Isolate any plant in your Mediterranean garden infested by any pest to keep it from infecting others.

How to get rid of pests & keep your plant healthy

You can take a few measures to cure your Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ of pests. You can rub the infected parts with alcohol with 70% concentration. Take a piece of cotton wool, dip it into the alcohol, and dab the part of the plant with the said infestation. You can also use chemical pesticides, but it is better to use organic pesticides.

If you notice an infestation, you could apply the following organic pesticides.

  • Neem oil: Unlike the other pesticides listed below, neem oil is a systemic pesticide. It gets into the plant and poisons it against the bugs so that they don’t survive or reproduce when they attack the plant. Pure Neem Oil is made from the neem plant. Therefore, it is entirely natural and not harmful to humans.
  • Hot pepper spray: Hot pepper is quite irritating when it gets on your skin and eyes, and it has the same effects on the bugs infesting your succulents. Spray it carefully on the affected parts to protect your skin and eyes.
  • Garlic spray: A concentrated garlic spray can have the same effects on the bugs as pepper spray. You can manufacture the garlic spray by crushing garlic cloves and putting them in hot water. Put just a little hot water so the end product is concentrated enough to destroy the pests. Remove the garlic residue, put the pesticide in a sprayer, and spray away on the infected parts of the plant.

Always spray a small part of the plant with the pesticide you want to use before spraying on the whole plant. This precaution applies when using contact pesticides, i.e., hot pepper and garlic. You need to see the plant’s reaction before you spray it all. You can reduce concentration if the test shows the plant’s reacting adverse effects on the pesticide.

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How to Propagate Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’

Either stem cuttings or leaf cuttings can propagate this plant.

Leaf Cuttings

This is the simplest way to propagate your Kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ plant without problems.

  1. Remove thick succulent leaves during the spring or summer.
  2. Allow them to dry for a few days or even a week.
  3. Stick the leaves into the soil and spray water on them.
  4. Keep the pot in bright light and away from full sunlight.
  5. Leaves will begin to root in 3 to 4 weeks.
  6. Soon, the leaves will begin to grow.
  7. Once the new cuttings are established, you can repot them into a container and bring them outside in full sunlight.

Stem cuttings

Stems can propagate this plant in the same methodology as the leaf cuttings.

  1. Use sterilized tools to cut a stem.
  2. Wait a few days and let it dry out.
  3. It will form calluses when you know it’s safe to plant in sandy soil.
  4. The potting soil must be well-draining.
  5. Water the plant as the soil dries out.
  6. Please keep it in bright light but away from full sunlight until it establishes itself.
  7. You can also plant the leaves and stems after pruning

Final Words

The kalanchoe Beharensis ‘Fang’ is a lovely succulent with many unique features. Keep an eye on the watering as per the above guide and temperature. By following all the steps outlined, your plant will grow healthy, and you will get to enjoy it for many seasons.

ABOUT ME

Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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