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Are you lookingfor the perfect indoor succulent for any room? Then the stunning panda plant, known as Kalanchoe tomentosa, is your answer. This lovely furry succulent plant is native to Madagascar and is a member of the well-known Kalanchoe genus. It gets its name from the fuzzy, silvery leaves that resemble the fur of a panda. This Panda plant has a unique appearance with its thick, oval-shaped leaves that are covered in tiny fine hairs, giving it a soft and fuzzy texture. It's like petting a panda! 

The Kalanchoe tomentosa is sometimes referred to as the "Chocolate Soldier" due to the brownish-red markings on the edges of its leaves. It's like having a soldier made of chocolate! However, it's important to note that "Chocolate Soldier" is also the name of another cultivar of Kalanchoe tomentosa that has a more pronounced chocolatey coloration throughout its leaves. It has several other common names, such as pussy ears, cat ears, donkey ears, and plush plants. 

When fully grown, this slow-growing kalanchoe tomentosa can reach heights of up to 2 feet and has a robust, thick stem that develops branches and several grey-green leafy clusters. When properly pruned, they can produce branches that extend below the level of the pot, and so they are great for growing in a hanging basket. It grows in a compact and bushy shrub-like growth habit, making it a perfect addition to your indoor garden or as a charming decoration on your desk. 

The flowers of Kalanchoe tomentosa only bloom in their natural habitat with small yellow-green tubular-shaped flowers in spring and summer.   

Additionally, you can propagate your panda plants by leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. These summer dormant plants are mildly toxic for pets and humans if consumed, so keep these panda plants away from children. 

Overall, the Panda Plants are delightful succulents to have in your collection. Its unique appearance and easy-care requirements make it a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts. So, if you're looking for cute and low-maintenance house plants, these Panda Plants are definitely worth considering! Read on to discover how to grow a panda plant indoors or outdoors.  

Panda Plant Care 

Watering Needs 

The watering needs of the Panda Plants are similar to other succulent plants. These Kalanchoe plants have adapted to survive in arid environments, so they don't require frequent watering. To avoid root rot, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. 

When watering your indoor Panda Plant, make sure to give it a thorough soak, allowing the water to fully penetrate the soil. Then, wait until the top inch or so of the soil is completely dry before watering again. The kalanchoe tomentosa still survive even if you neglect to water them for a week or two. However, this does not imply that they can be neglected. 

Remember, it's always better to underwater than overwater your kalanchoe succulents. They are more drought tolerant than they are of excessive moisture. So, be patient and let your Panda Plant enjoy a little dry spell between drinks! 

Light Requirement 

The Kalanchoe tomentosa loves basking in bright light. It thrives in bright indirect sunlight, so placing it several feet away from a sunny south-facing window or in a well-lit area is ideal. 

However, be cautious about exposing your Panda Plant to direct sunlight for extended periods, especially during the hottest parts of the day. This can cause sunburn on its furry leaves. If you notice the leaves turning brown or developing spots, it may be a sign of too much sun exposure. Providing some shade or diffusing enough light with a sheer curtain can help protect your Kalanchoe tomentosa. 

Remember, finding the right balance is key! Aim for bright, indirect light to keep your Panda Plant happy and healthy. It'll appreciate the sunshine without getting too much of a tan! 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

When it comes to soil and fertilizer needs for your Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda Plant, it's important to provide it with well-draining soil. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your Kalanchoe succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own succulent potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. 

As for fertilizer, the Panda Plant doesn't require a lot of feeding. During the growing season, which is typically spring, you can use a balanced NPK diluted fertilizer once a year. Apply it once a month or as directed on the fertilizer packaging.  

Remember, less is more when it comes to fertilizer for your Panda Plant. It's better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize, as excessive nutrients can cause damage. With the right soil succulent mix and a light touch of fertilizer, your Kalanchoe tomentosa will thrive and show off its adorable leaves! 

Hardiness Zone & More 

Native to Madagascar, the Kalanchoe tomentosa is typically grown as a houseplant in many regions. In terms of hardiness zones, it is generally recommended to grow Panda plants indoors in USDA zones 10-11, which have mild to warm temperatures year-round. 

When it comes to temperature, the Panda Plant prefers a range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. It can tolerate slightly higher temperatures, but be cautious of extreme heat, as it can cause stress to the plant. As for humidity, the Panda Plant is adaptable and can handle average indoor humidity levels. It doesn't require any specific humidity requirements. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your specific location and adjust accordingly to provide the best growing conditions for your Panda Plant. With the right climate, you can grow Panda Plants indoors for healthy growth. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your succulent plant collection from these stunning Kalanchoe tomentosa varieties. Order your very own Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda plant today!

Bloom Season Spring and summer
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Kalanchoe tomentosa
Common Name Panda plant
Common Name Panda plant, pussy ears, cat ears, donkey ears, plush plant, Chocolate Soldier
Dormancy Summer
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Yellow, green
Flower Color Yellow/pink
Genus Kalanchoe
Growth Habit Multi branched /shrub
Growth Habit Shrubby
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Hardiness Zone 11 – 12
Mature Size 1.5 ft.
Mature Size Up to 2 ft. tall
Native Area Madagascar.
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By leaf, stem cuttings
Resistance 15°c
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Bright sunlight
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Kalanchoe Tomentosa Panda Plant

These strong and durable Panda plants are resistant to the majority of Pests. However, some pests, like mealybugs or greenflies, may harm your kalanchoe succulent plant. Despite being simple to uphold, growing Kalanchoe tomentosa can present some challenges. 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the leaves and stems of the Panda Plant. To treat them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or use an insecticidal soap. 

Overwatering: Like many succulents, the Panda Plant is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and avoid leaving the plant sitting in water. 

Leaf drop: Dropping panda plant leaves could indicate stress from overwatering, underwatering, or a lack of light. Adjusting the watering routine and providing adequate sunlight can help prevent leaf drop. 

Fungal diseases: Excessive moisture or poor air circulation can lead to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or leaf spot for these indoor succulents. Ensure the plant has good airflow and avoid getting water on the leaves when watering. 

Remember, keeping a close eye on your Panda Plant, if grown indoors, and addressing any issues promptly will help keep it healthy and thriving! 

FAQs - Kalanchoe Tomentosa Panda Plant

How do you care for a Kalanchoe tomentosa panda plant? 

When it comes to Kalanchoe plants care, the panda plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight and avoids intense midday sun. Water it sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.  

Use well-draining soil specifically formulated for succulents. Keep it in a temperature range of 65-75°F, protecting it from extreme cold or heat. Feed it with a diluted succulent fertilizer once in the spring. Prune any leggy or damaged stems to encourage bushier growth. 

Is the panda plant an indoor plant? 

Yes, the Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It is commonly grown as an indoor panda plant due to its compact size and low maintenance requirements.  

However, it can also thrive outdoors in mild climates in USDA zones 10-11. Just make sure to provide it with the right amount of sunlight and protection from extreme temperatures. 

Does Kalanchoe tomentosa need full sun? 

The Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate some direct morning or evening sun, but the intense midday sun may be too harsh for it. So, while it doesn't require full sun, Kalanchoe tomentosa benefits from a good amount of light. 

How fast do panda plants grow? 

The growth rate of Panda Plants, or Kalanchoe tomentosa, can vary. On average, they tend to have a slow to moderate growth rate of up to 1-2 inches per year. It may take a few years for them to reach their full size. So, while they don't grow rapidly, they are still lovely plants to have!  

However, it's important to note that the growth rate may vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions and the care provided. 

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Are you lookingfor the perfect indoor succulent for any room? Then the stunning panda plant, known as Kalanchoe tomentosa, is your answer. This lovely furry succulent plant is native to Madagascar and is a member of the well-known Kalanchoe genus. It gets its name from the fuzzy, silvery leaves that resemble the fur of a panda. This Panda plant has a unique appearance with its thick, oval-shaped leaves that are covered in tiny fine hairs, giving it a soft and fuzzy texture. It's like petting a panda! 

The Kalanchoe tomentosa is sometimes referred to as the "Chocolate Soldier" due to the brownish-red markings on the edges of its leaves. It's like having a soldier made of chocolate! However, it's important to note that "Chocolate Soldier" is also the name of another cultivar of Kalanchoe tomentosa that has a more pronounced chocolatey coloration throughout its leaves. It has several other common names, such as pussy ears, cat ears, donkey ears, and plush plants. 

When fully grown, this slow-growing kalanchoe tomentosa can reach heights of up to 2 feet and has a robust, thick stem that develops branches and several grey-green leafy clusters. When properly pruned, they can produce branches that extend below the level of the pot, and so they are great for growing in a hanging basket. It grows in a compact and bushy shrub-like growth habit, making it a perfect addition to your indoor garden or as a charming decoration on your desk. 

The flowers of Kalanchoe tomentosa only bloom in their natural habitat with small yellow-green tubular-shaped flowers in spring and summer.   

Additionally, you can propagate your panda plants by leaf cuttings and stem cuttings. These summer dormant plants are mildly toxic for pets and humans if consumed, so keep these panda plants away from children. 

Overall, the Panda Plants are delightful succulents to have in your collection. Its unique appearance and easy-care requirements make it a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts. So, if you're looking for cute and low-maintenance house plants, these Panda Plants are definitely worth considering! Read on to discover how to grow a panda plant indoors or outdoors.  

Panda Plant Care 

Watering Needs 

The watering needs of the Panda Plants are similar to other succulent plants. These Kalanchoe plants have adapted to survive in arid environments, so they don't require frequent watering. To avoid root rot, allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. 

When watering your indoor Panda Plant, make sure to give it a thorough soak, allowing the water to fully penetrate the soil. Then, wait until the top inch or so of the soil is completely dry before watering again. The kalanchoe tomentosa still survive even if you neglect to water them for a week or two. However, this does not imply that they can be neglected. 

Remember, it's always better to underwater than overwater your kalanchoe succulents. They are more drought tolerant than they are of excessive moisture. So, be patient and let your Panda Plant enjoy a little dry spell between drinks! 

Light Requirement 

The Kalanchoe tomentosa loves basking in bright light. It thrives in bright indirect sunlight, so placing it several feet away from a sunny south-facing window or in a well-lit area is ideal. 

However, be cautious about exposing your Panda Plant to direct sunlight for extended periods, especially during the hottest parts of the day. This can cause sunburn on its furry leaves. If you notice the leaves turning brown or developing spots, it may be a sign of too much sun exposure. Providing some shade or diffusing enough light with a sheer curtain can help protect your Kalanchoe tomentosa. 

Remember, finding the right balance is key! Aim for bright, indirect light to keep your Panda Plant happy and healthy. It'll appreciate the sunshine without getting too much of a tan! 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

When it comes to soil and fertilizer needs for your Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda Plant, it's important to provide it with well-draining soil. Planet Desert specializes in succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your Kalanchoe succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own succulent potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. 

As for fertilizer, the Panda Plant doesn't require a lot of feeding. During the growing season, which is typically spring, you can use a balanced NPK diluted fertilizer once a year. Apply it once a month or as directed on the fertilizer packaging.  

Remember, less is more when it comes to fertilizer for your Panda Plant. It's better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize, as excessive nutrients can cause damage. With the right soil succulent mix and a light touch of fertilizer, your Kalanchoe tomentosa will thrive and show off its adorable leaves! 

Hardiness Zone & More 

Native to Madagascar, the Kalanchoe tomentosa is typically grown as a houseplant in many regions. In terms of hardiness zones, it is generally recommended to grow Panda plants indoors in USDA zones 10-11, which have mild to warm temperatures year-round. 

When it comes to temperature, the Panda Plant prefers a range of 65-75°F (18-24°C) during the day and slightly cooler temperatures at night. It can tolerate slightly higher temperatures, but be cautious of extreme heat, as it can cause stress to the plant. As for humidity, the Panda Plant is adaptable and can handle average indoor humidity levels. It doesn't require any specific humidity requirements. 

Remember, it's always a good idea to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your specific location and adjust accordingly to provide the best growing conditions for your Panda Plant. With the right climate, you can grow Panda Plants indoors for healthy growth. 

Don't miss out on this opportunity to add something truly exceptional to your succulent plant collection from these stunning Kalanchoe tomentosa varieties. Order your very own Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda plant today!

Bloom Season Spring and summer
Bloom Season Spring, summer
Botanical Name Kalanchoe tomentosa
Common Name Panda plant
Common Name Panda plant, pussy ears, cat ears, donkey ears, plush plant, Chocolate Soldier
Dormancy Summer
Family Crassulaceae
Flower Color Yellow, green
Flower Color Yellow/pink
Genus Kalanchoe
Growth Habit Multi branched /shrub
Growth Habit Shrubby
Growth Rate Fast
Growth Rate Slow
Hardiness Zone 10, 11
Hardiness Zone 11 – 12
Mature Size 1.5 ft.
Mature Size Up to 2 ft. tall
Native Area Madagascar.
Plant Type Perennial succulent
Propagation By leaf, stem cuttings
Resistance 15°c
Resistance Drought tolerant, pest resistant, heat resistant
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type specialized succulent potting soil
Special Features Easy to maintain
Sun Exposure Bright sunlight
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mild toxic for humans, mild toxic for pets
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Kalanchoe Tomentosa Panda Plant

These strong and durable Panda plants are resistant to the majority of Pests. However, some pests, like mealybugs or greenflies, may harm your kalanchoe succulent plant. Despite being simple to uphold, growing Kalanchoe tomentosa can present some challenges. 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cotton-like insects can infest the leaves and stems of the Panda Plant. To treat them, you can use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol to remove them or use an insecticidal soap. 

Overwatering: Like many succulents, the Panda Plant is susceptible to root rot if overwatered. It's important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings and avoid leaving the plant sitting in water. 

Leaf drop: Dropping panda plant leaves could indicate stress from overwatering, underwatering, or a lack of light. Adjusting the watering routine and providing adequate sunlight can help prevent leaf drop. 

Fungal diseases: Excessive moisture or poor air circulation can lead to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew or leaf spot for these indoor succulents. Ensure the plant has good airflow and avoid getting water on the leaves when watering. 

Remember, keeping a close eye on your Panda Plant, if grown indoors, and addressing any issues promptly will help keep it healthy and thriving! 

FAQs - Kalanchoe Tomentosa Panda Plant

How do you care for a Kalanchoe tomentosa panda plant? 

When it comes to Kalanchoe plants care, the panda plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight and avoids intense midday sun. Water it sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering.  

Use well-draining soil specifically formulated for succulents. Keep it in a temperature range of 65-75°F, protecting it from extreme cold or heat. Feed it with a diluted succulent fertilizer once in the spring. Prune any leggy or damaged stems to encourage bushier growth. 

Is the panda plant an indoor plant? 

Yes, the Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It is commonly grown as an indoor panda plant due to its compact size and low maintenance requirements.  

However, it can also thrive outdoors in mild climates in USDA zones 10-11. Just make sure to provide it with the right amount of sunlight and protection from extreme temperatures. 

Does Kalanchoe tomentosa need full sun? 

The Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate some direct morning or evening sun, but the intense midday sun may be too harsh for it. So, while it doesn't require full sun, Kalanchoe tomentosa benefits from a good amount of light. 

How fast do panda plants grow? 

The growth rate of Panda Plants, or Kalanchoe tomentosa, can vary. On average, they tend to have a slow to moderate growth rate of up to 1-2 inches per year. It may take a few years for them to reach their full size. So, while they don't grow rapidly, they are still lovely plants to have!  

However, it's important to note that the growth rate may vary depending on factors such as environmental conditions and the care provided. 

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