September 23, 2012

Care for: Panda plant, 'Chocolate Soldier', Kalanchoe tomentosa (or whatever else you want to call it)

I got one of these  pretty panda plants the other day and I just love it. It's a nice change for all bright green succulents I have and I love the hair that grows on it! So neat! Here's a little care info for this very unique plant. It's super easy so if you're not a green thumb this is a plant for you!

Origin: Madagascar
Height: Up to 1 ft (30 cm) indoors

Light: Bright light to full sun.

Water: Water thoroughly, allowing the top 1 in (2.5 cm) to dry out between waterings.

Humidity: Average room humidity

Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F, 16-24°C

Soil: Cactus potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Take leaf cuttings in spring or early summer. Succulent cuttings root easily in moist sandy mix or perlite.

"Branching from the central stem, the plump, rounded leaves taper to a point. They're silvery green marked with reddish-brown edges. The "fur" is actually soft, fine hair that covers these succulent plants.

In its native habitat, Panda Plant produces fuzzy, bell-shaped flowers in spring and summer. However, it rarely flowers indoors.

Decorative year-round, it makes a beautiful addition to indoor succulent gardens. Like other succulent types, it stores water so it rarely needs watering.

And like other types of succulents, Panda Plant is tolerant of dry air. It makes a good house plant for heated homes. Just give it plenty of light and it'll thrive for many years."


(There was this little shot growing off of the side of the plant when I got it so I gave it it's own home and I hope to see if get as large as the other plant)


  1. I just brought one home! Thank you for the great info. It helped a lot. I almost put mine outside!

  2. Thank you for the info! I see that the one I brought home has a side shoot too. nice to know that I can grow another one🌞


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