The panda plant succulent, also known as the 'kalanchoe tomentosa' is a very unique, beautiful and common succulent plant. With its unique shape this succulent has blue or green leaves with black spots. Its leaves are also very soft and fuzzy, this is why it’s called the panda plant because it does remind most succulent lovers of a fuzzy panda.
The panda plant succulent has a tropical-like look to it, it’s from and grows on the island of Madagascar. This succulent doesn’t grow to be that large, especially when growing indoors. They can only grow up to about 4 ft tall and 3 ft wide, and for indoor growing it may be smaller due to the smaller pot.
If you do want this succulent to reach its maximum size, then you must keep repotting it into a bigger pot, or grow it outdoors in a large grow area.
The panda plant succulent is very unique, and is getting more and more popular every single day. More and more succulent growers are growing this succulent simply because it’s an amazing succulent!
This succulent is very easy to grow and care for. By the end of this article you will know exactly how to grow and care for this beautiful, unique succulent known as the panda plant succulent.
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SOIL FOR PANDA PLANT
This soil is the most perfect soil for the Panda Plant. This succulent soil has 2 of the fastest draining ingredients out there sand and perlite. Sand and perlite will protect your Panda Plant from root rot. Root rot is known as the #1 most common reason why a succulent will die and it happens a lot.
This soil will help your Panda Plant grow healthy, happy, and of course protect it from root rot which is much needed. This soil is also loaded with 60+ minerals and nutrients from seaweed fertilizer. Your Panda Plant will grow bigger, faster, and stronger in this soil because it will be absorbing many nutrients from the seaweed in the soil.
This is amazing soil for your Panda Plant and you should definitely consider it when growing this succulent. Your Panda Plant will just simply love it and will grow super healthy, faster, bigger, and happier when grown in this soil.
You should water the Panda Plant 1-3 days a week or when the soil looks or feels very dry. You must make sure to avoid overwatering so root rot does not occur and kill your succulent plant. It's important to use the 'soak and dry' method and only water when the soil looks or feels very dry. Be on the lookout for underwatering and overwatering.
POT FOR PANDA PLANT
It's important to use a succulent pot with a drainage hole. This will allow the excess water to drain out of the bottom of the drainage hole, keeping the soil dry and preventing overwatering and root rot. It's very important that your succulent pot has a drainage hole, most experience succulent growers know that having a succulent pot with a drainage hole is a must when growing any succulent. If your succulent pot doesn't have a drainage hole no problem! Check out our article on how to grow succulents in pots without drainage holes.
WHERE TO PLANT THE PANDA PLANT
The Panda Plant isn't cold hardy, so make sure you avoid growing this succulent outdoors during the cold winter season. Avoid growing in temperatures under 30° F (-1.1° C) it will die in cold and freezing temperatures. Make sure to move and grow this succulent indoors during the cold winter season. You can then move it back outdoors once the weather gets warmer. Make sure to grow it outdoors in a succulent pot or container so you can easily move it when you need to.
Plant in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight every single day. Make sure this succulent gets enough sun so it can grow healthy, produce its colors, and avoid etiolation. If growing indoors make sure to place it where it gets enough sunlight. If your house doesn't get enough sunlight, try investing into some grow lights.
HOW TO PROPAGATE THE PANDA PLANT
For leaf propagation, gently just twist and pull the leaf very gently off the stem. It’s very important that you get the full leaf and not let part of the leaf stay on the stem. To make sure you get a very precise cut you can get some trimmers and cut the leaf off. After you cut your leaves off the stem you must make sure you let them sit out for 2-4 days so they can form a callus. After the leaves have formed a callus, go ahead and plant them in well-drained succulent soil.
Same thing as for leaf propagation, but this time you will need trimmers to get a clean cut of the cuttings. Cut off the cutting at an angle with trimmers, and make sure there’s enough room to plant the cuttings. Let the cutting form a callus by waiting 2-4 days. After a callus forms then go ahead and plant the cutting in well-drained succulent soil.
Same thing as cuttings, make sure that you cut off the offsets at a sharp angle. Then wait 2-4 days for a callus to form, then go ahead and plant the offset in well-drained succulent soil, and water right away.