If you’re looking for a new addition to your indoor succulent garden, take a look at this cutie. Kalanchoe tomentosa aka “Panda Plant” is a native Madagascar species. You can make it look great in an interesting container and sitting near a window or in some hanging baskets outdoors.
“Panda Plant” has a woody stem with grey-green oval leaves. Once it matures, a thick stem produces branches and many groups of leaves. Therefore, the “Panda Plant” can be pruned to look like a bush or a tree. Branches can even grow below pot level, which looks amazing when this succulent is grown in hanging containers. It can get up to 24″ (61 cm) tall and up to 24″ (61 cm) wide.
Leaves are furry and grayish-green with brown spotted tips. leaves are mostly oval-shaped, although you may notice a few of them growing in any random shape. When it comes to flowering, “Panda Plant” can be a little moody. It flowers regularly in its natural habitat and pretty rarely blooms indoors. However, with a little luck, you`ll see lovely small tubular-shaped yellow-green flowers with dark brown petal tips bloom at the tips of the branches.
Grow and Care Tips
“Panda Plant” has needs like any other succulent you already have. This succulent will love a well-draining soil and some mild fertilizer during the growing season, from spring until the end of the summer. If you’re planting “Panda Plant” outdoors, make sure it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. A combination of direct light and partial shade in the mornings and evenings will be a perfect balance.
When it comes to watering, “Panda Plant” is sensitive to overwatering. This succulent store water in the leaves so it will do less harm if you skip watering that giving too much. Eather way, watering when the soil is completely dry is the safest way to go.
“Panda Plant” can be easily propagated from the leaves. When taking leaf for propagation, gently twist it from the stem. Make sure you have a “clean pull”, which meany no parts of the leaves are left on the stem. As with any cutting, leave your propagation leaves to callus for a few days before placing in on a fresh soil mix.