Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa


Here in this blog post I am going to cover all about panda plant a succulent also called Kalanchoe tomentosa. I will write here about how to care and grow panda plant succulent. I will cover the following bullet points.

  • Characteristics of Kalanchoe Tomentosa
  • How To Propagate
  • Check Before Buying
  • Soil Composition
  • How To Transplant
  • Care and Routine
  • Cultivation Calendar. 
  • Growth Cycle.
  • Watering Routine.

Characteristics of Kalanchoe Tomentosa

Common Kalanchoe varieties (hybrids) were bred selectively as flowering succulents and can now be found all over in a variety of colors. Panda plant succulent is a charming variety from this genus that got its name from the characteristic white hairs that cover its leaves. 

This is only one variety among a myriad of diverse types of Kalanchoe. This plant is  originated in the warmth of Madagascar and is sensitive to cold, so take care not to let your succulent freeze.


How to Propagate:

The best time to propagate is in the spring or fall. To use a leaf cutting, place a leaf taken from the lower part of the plant on top of dampened soil. To use a stem cutting, cut off a side branch that has leaves attached and let it dry for a few days before placing it in dampened soil. Let it take root and sprout in partial shade.

  • Leaf Cutting

Place the leaf you removed from the succulent stem on the surface of dampened soil, and after about 10 days the leaf will begin to take root and sprout. When your new plant has grown 4 or 5 leaves, pull it from the soil, taking care not to injure the roots, and transplant it.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Panda Plant Succulent Growing Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa


  • Stem Cutting

Let the cut end of the branch dry out for 4–5 days, and then insert the branch into soil. During the first half month until the plant takes root, keep the soil constantly damp and leave the plant in partial shade. After the plant has taken root, you can care for it as usual.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Panda Plant Succulent Growing Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa


Key Points for Growing

This is a robust plant, so during its growing period you can place it in an sunny, well-ventilated area and expose it to direct sunlight. Give the plant lots of water at once about 3–4 days after the top soil dries out. However, be careful not to give too much water, or fungus can form and cause root rot. 

Particularly during midsummer when the succulent’s growth slows, you should keep the plant in partial shade and make sure not to water it during the day. Panda Plant is also sensitive to cold, so take it inside at night.


Points to Check when Buying

The leaves should be thick and full. Avoid buying seedlings where the stem is stretched and there is a lot of space between the leaves.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Panda Plant Succulent Growing Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa


Soil Composition

Mix 5 parts small-grain Akadama, 3 parts Kanuma soil, and 2 parts mulch for a ratio that has good drainage, water retention, and breath-ability. Add a layer of gravel like large-grain Akadama or pumice to the bottom of the pot.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Adding Fertilizer to panda plant


Fertilizer

When you transplant a succulent, add a layer of granular base fertilizer on top of the layer of gravel.


How to Transplant

Pull the plant out of its pot and check the condition of the roots, removing any darkened ones. Carefully massage out the old soil, spread the roots apart in the new pot, and pour in fresh soil.Pour in the slightly dampened new soil. When you have finished transplanting, lightly tap the pot to level the soil and place the plant in partial shade to take root.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Transplanting Panda Plant 



Here is the cultivation calendar and for the panda plant growth and care. This will make it very easy for you to grow it successfully and do easy care of it. 


Growth Cycle 

The growth rate of Kalanchoe Tomentosa is considerably slow in the month of December till mid March. The growth period is best from March till end of June. From July till mid of August is again a slow growing period, But from mid of August till end of November it will grows fast. 

Watering Routine

If you have grown Panda Plant or planning to have one in your home or office than take these necessary steps regarding watering. The plant is sensitive to climate and water so follow exactly below points.

Remember the Kalanchoe Tomentosa require less water in the month of December till mid of February. You should water them twice every month. 

Starting from mid of February till end of June the plant requires lots of water as the soil gets dry every 3 or 4 days. Therefore water after every 3 or 4 days or when the soil gets dry. Water in the morning or evening.

Starting fro July till end of mid August it requires less watering. Water after 10 or 15 days in the morning or evening.

From mid of August you have to increase watering and provide lots of water at once in the morning or evening after every 3 or 4 days. Follow the same routine till end of November.

Flowering Period

Flowering in in this succulent starts from first half of April till the later half of May.

Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa
Panda Plant Succulent Growing And Caring Tips | Kalanchoe Tomentosa

Placement And Sunlight

From December till mid of February keep the succulent indoor away from direct sunlight. The best place is to keep in your room or office window.

From mid of February till end of June the plant should be kept in direct sunlight but protected from rain e.g. out in  veranda or under the eaves.

Starting from July till mid of August the panda plant should be placed in partial shades but again saved from rain. 

From mid of August till end of November it should be kept in the sunlight again. 


Very Important Notes

  • Kalanchoe Tomentosa can be transplanted in the month of mid of March till mid of May. You can also transplant from September till mid of October.
  • Propagation time of this succulent is from mid of March till end of June and the plant can also be propagated in the month of mid of September till end of November.
  • The plant can be propagated either by leaf method or stem method explained in above headings. 
  • The plant should be transferred to new pot once every year. 
  • If not transplanted in the whole year then extra fertilizer must be added to the pot in the later half of April or September or can be added in the first half of October.   


These plants come from a tropical climate and are sensitive to cold, so once they freeze they are practically impossible to save. You should bring your Panda Plant inside during winter nights. 

If you water less frequently during the winter, there will be less water inside the plant, mitigating the harm caused by the plant freezing. 

However, a plant kept inside during the winter might suffer from insufficient sunlight, so be careful that the leaves don’t sunburn once spring arrives.

Panda Plant is a succulent which is used for decorating homes and gardens. Panda plant succulent is easy to grow indoor.
 



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