Thursday, April 16, 2015

Panda Plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa)

kalanchoe tomentosa

There are dozens of kinds of Kalanchoe plants, but the panda plant is among the most common. A native of Madagascar, panda plant is grown strictly for its foliage. Thick green leaves are covered with soft silver hairs, giving the plant a fuzzy, blue-gray appearance. The edges of the leaves are tipped with brown or rust-color hairs.

Just got one of these, it looks like a tarantula! I love it in spite of that. Kalanchoe tomentosa - 'Panda Plant, Chocolate Soldier (darker variety)'

Allow the top 2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings. During dormancy in winter, water only enough to keep the soil from drying out completely. Grow in medium to bright filtered light. Fertilize three times in summer with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. 

Panda Plant You'll love touching panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) because the silvery leaves have a soft, felty texture. It's an easy-growing choice that gets about 3 feet tall and prefers bright light.

Although it can be pruned, panda plant seldom needs grooming except to remove any wayward stems.

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