Panda plant is a species that is exclusively grown for its interesting, furry and velvet like leaves that resemble that of cat ears. Their leaves are covered with tiny hairs that give the plant a velvety look and feel. They are also greyish-green in colour, and have brown spots naturally on the tips. These plants native to Madagascar species, belonging to the Kalanchoe genus make a nice addition to any succulent plant collection grown indoors. They grow thick leaves to store water like every other succulent, which means even if you forget to water your plant for a couple of days, you wont come back to finding it dead. This unique succulent is a must have in your indoor succulent collection!
Common name: Panda plant
Scientific name: Kalanchoe tomentosa
Size: 1.5 ft maximum
Maintenance: Easy to care
Toxicity: Toxic to cats and dogs
Once a week. Only water once the soil has completely dried. Water enough to soak the soil but make sure you do not leave water in the bottom tray. During the winters, the watering can be reduced. Since this plant is a succulent- it stores water within its leaves and can go on without water for a couple of days. Forgetting to water your panda plants won’t be an issue as it will do just fine.
Bright light. This kalanchoe like many other succulents in its family likes basking in bright light and sunshine. A mixture of direct, indirect and shade is a good balance of sunlight- if this combination can be provided.
Succulent potting mix. A cacti and succulent potting mix can be used. Any other mix of your choice that has well-draining capacity can be used. A good quantity of sand in the mixture will come a long way.
Moderately humid. Panda plants do fine in normal room humidity and it can also tolerate dry air for a certain duration of time.
During the growing season. You can feed your panda plants with diluted fertilizer once every 4 weeks, from the start of spring until the end of summer.
Cutting. Leaf cuttings can be taken and placed in a newly prepared medium during the spring. Give the leaf cutting a few days to dry out before replanting them so as to help them develop roots within a span of 4 weeks.