Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Cinnamon' is a shrubby succulent with erect, basally woody stems and long, oval-shaped, rich russet leaves densely covered in fuzzy felt. It grows up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall, branching from the base. This plant has much darker leaves than Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier', but both have the same attractive flowers. The leaves become nearly black in full sun.
Flowers are golden ginger to copper and maroon, bell-shaped, have the same fuzzy coating as the rest of the plant, and appear in spring and summer.
Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Cinnamon' is a sport of Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' with darker leaves introduced by Altman Plants.
How to Grow and Care for Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Cinnamon'
Light: K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' grows best in full sun but usually appreciates some partial shade in the heat of the summer days. Indoors, place your plant near a window with indirect sunlight. The plant will stretch if it does not receive enough light.
Soil: As with most succulents, K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' does not like "wet feet" and needs soil that drains well. Commercial potting mixes for succulent plants will work fine.
Temperature: This plant thrives in heat and humidity but cannot handle frosts. K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' can withstand temperatures as low as 30 °F (-1.1 °C). USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b, 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C).
Watering: From spring to fall, water thoroughly, but let the soil dry between watering as overwatering may cause stem rot. Reduce water during the winter months; water just enough to prevent the leaves from shriveling.
Fertilizing: K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' benefits from occasional fertilizing during the growing season. Use a balanced fertilizer diluted to half or quarter strength applied every two weeks.
Repotting: This plant thrives better when frequently repotted. For optimum growth, repot it every two years in spring. Go up one pot size every time you repot.
Propagation: K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' is easy to propagate by leaf and stem cuttings. Spring is the best time to take cuttings.
Toxicity of Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Cinnamon'
K. tomentosa 'Cinnamon' is not toxic to people but should be kept away from pets because it may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and heart arrhythmias if consumed.