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Felt Plant - Fiddle Felt Bush

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feltclose This member of the Kalanchoe family is a little strange-looking. The medium green leaves are velvety to the touch and have a fine covering of brown hairs. The leaves are deeply lobed and arrange themselves in pairs of 2 along a stout trunk. Newer leaves often have a lighter color. The Felt plant originates in southern Madagascar.

LIGHT: This plant prefers full sun to partial shade. This translates to a bright east or west window indoors or outdoors in partial shade.

TEMPERATURE: Keep this plant on the warm side. It prefers temperatures in the 65° - 75° but can stand extremes of 55° - 100°. 

WATER: Do not over water. Give the plant a moderate watering and allow the soil to become dry to the touch before watering again. Feed monthly with a balanced liquid plant food.

This specialty plant is occasionally available in 6-inch pots.