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Kalanchoe Tomentosa Panda Plant Care

Are you looking for a perfect indoor succulent for any room? The beautiful Panda plant is your answer. It is an interesting houseplant that makes a statement with its fluffy, soft and succulent leaves covered with fine hairs.

Native to Madagascar, the Panda plant is botanically known as Kalanchoe tomentosa. There are over 100 varieties of Kalanchoe that grow wild in parts of Africa, but Madagascar is specifically known for producing massive Kalanchoe Tomentosa plants that have strong woody bases and grow up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

The Kalanchoe tomentosa Panda plant requires minimal maintenance, which facilitates its cultivation indoors. It can live with less water and can also thrive in direct and indirect light and use a little shade. All you have to do is have the right cactus potting soil to plant this perennial and you are in business.

Panda plants have a velvety appearance with tiny white fine silvery hairs covering them. On the edges of the leaves there are brownish-red markings with white and silvery hairs. The Latin word “tomentosa” means velvety and refers to the appearance of the leaves of the plant. Kalanchoe tomentosa also has these “unique” common names: pussy ears, donkey ears and chocolate soldier.

The Kalanchoe Panda plant is easy to grow indoors without having to water it a lot. Its juicy leaves provide most of the water storage for you.

In its natural habitat, it can grow up to several feet tall, but if you plant it indoors, Chocolate Soldier succulent grows up to 1.5 to 2 feet and has a thick stem. As it matures, it produces several groups of leaves and can be pruned to give a bush-like appearance.

You can also grow pandas in hanging baskets, as they can produce branches that go down under your hanging pot.

It can bloom in its natural wild habitat, but it is very rare and unusual to see pandas blooming indoors. You can see tubular flowers at the top of the branches if your chocolate soldier plant is blooming. The flowering period is in the spring and summer…so keep your eyes open!

Panda Plant Care

Ideal as decorative indoor plants due to their low maintenance, you can easily grow Panda plants in pots and baskets. Here are the requirements that you should pay attention to when growing this native African succulent.

Light and temperature

Panda plants like bright light, but can also tolerate indirect light or even a little shade. So if you want to get healthy growth for your Panda plant, make sure you have a balance between direct and indirect sunlight. 2-4′ of a south-facing window should be fine. The recommended temperature for optimal panda growth is between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

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