Houseplants are beautiful centerpieces, but wouldn’t it be nice to have plants that add new and interesting texture to your home? There are several warm and fuzzy plants with velvety leaves that do just that!
Learn about six houseplants that bring color and vibrancy to indoor spaces and are popular choices because of their velvety feel.
African violets (Streptocarpus ionanthus) are a popular and common houseplant for a good reason. This plant’s lovely velvet leaves provide a pop of color with different hues of purple, pink, and blue.
These perennials need at least eight hours of bright light daily but keep them away from direct light. During the summer months, place them in a north- or east-facing position and change to a south- or west-facing location during the winter months when days get shorter and light diminishes. They thrive in daytime temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, but prefer slightly cooler nighttime temperatures of 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Water your violets regularly, but wait until the soil surface is dry before giving your plant another drink. Do not mist or splash water over the leaves, as this will discolor them and diminish their velvety feel. Lastly, do not water your African violets with cold water as this will cause their health to greatly diminish.
Dusty miller (Jacobaea maritima) is a great choice as an accent plant to provide contrast with other blooms in containers or hanging baskets. This is truly a special plant for homeowners because of the furry and velvety feel of the unique leaves. An added bonus is the silvery-gray color of the soft leaves, which make for a neutral backdrop to any interior space.
Dusty millers can grow up to 18 inches in height and 12 inches in spread. Place your pot in full sun to part shade. This stem-like plant enjoys containers with well-draining soil. Water when the soil dries and remember, this plant tolerates some neglect as it is drought tolerant.
Pro Tip: Cut off the small yellow flowers, which bloom after the first year, to highlight the magical foliage of the plant’s velvety leaves.
Bear Paw Succulent
Native to southern Africa, bear paw succulents (Cotyledon tomentosa) are a great addition to your home because of their texture. This fuzzy little plant has a smooth velvety coating on oval-shaped leaves. Their tips are tinged with red edges resembling their name, bear paws. The leaves are quite unique in texture and composition certainly adding flair to your indoor xeriscaping projects.
They prefer partial six hours of indirect light with some shade. and go dormant in the colder months. Water with care only when the soil is dry as they store water in their fleshy leaves.
Iron Cross Begonia
Native to China and Vietnam, this splendid houseplant is a keeper! Iron cross begonia (Begonia masoniana) boasts large velvety leaves with different shades of green framed and imprinted in the center with a deep brown design in the shape of an iron cross. The velvety feel and intricate design of the leaves make it the perfect houseplant.
Place near a window where there is bright, but filtered light.
Use a potting mix with some peat and keep your soil evenly moist during spring and summer growth.
Pro Tip: To protect leaves and overall foliage, keep your plant dry which will help in preventing powdery mildew.
Native to Madagascar, Panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) is big-leafed plant is a perennial succulent and a welcome addition as a houseplant because of the velvety texture of the leaves. The stem and leaves are covered in soft, white hairs while the leaves take on a gray or silver color and are oblong in shape like rabbit ears. The tips of the leaves have a burgundy color and are also fluffy in appearance similar to a panda bear.
This plant prefers bright to partial shade, and dry a climate, but remember to protect it from the hot afternoon sun.
Water infrequently as the fleshy leaves retain moisture. When you plan to water, make sure the top soil is dry first. You can also add a liquid fertilizer to your panda plant two or three times during the growing season in spring. This keeps the velvety leaves healthy but be sure to follow the directions on the package
Velvet Cardboard Anthurium
The velvet cardboard anthurium (Anthurium clarinervium) has heart-shaped velvety leaves that can grow as long as 1 foot in length . The leaves are smooth and soft to the touch and the striking contrast between the shades of green make this plant appear luminous. This truly is the perfect plant for velvety texture.
The plant prefers low to bright filtered light from a north or east-facing exposure and requires at least 40 percent humidity to thrive. If you do not have a humid indoor space or greenhouse, no worries, you can buy a humidifier and place it near the plant. You’ll notice if humidity is lacking when the leaf edges turn crisp and dry.
Velvet cardboard anthurium prefers a well-draining potting mix that is chunky in composite. Fertilize your plant every other week during the growing season to bring out the beauty in those velvety leaves.
Smooth, Leafy, And Velvety
Here are six recommendations for houseplants with velvety leaves. They are soothing to touch, add color and vibrancy to any indoor space, are ornamental, and accent other indoor plants you may already have.
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