Kalanchoe tomentosa


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Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' (Panda Plant)

Kalanchoe tomentosa 'Chocolate Soldier' (Panda Plant) is a beautiful succulent shrub that slowly grows up to 2.6 feet (80 cm) tall. Stems…


How To Grow Kalanchoe Tomentosa

Kalanchoe tomentosa is the perfect succulent for first-time garden hobbyists because it is very easy to grow. When Pussy Ears gains full maturity, it would look great in a hanging basket.

The Kalanchoe tomentosa plant is also used as a ground cover when planted outdoors or as an accent plant in a succulent garden.

If your region experiences frequent rainy weather, it would be advisable to place Pussy Earns inside a well-draining pot and grow it indoors.

1. Sunlight

Kalanchoe tomentosa is typical of most succulents in that it enjoys basking under the bright light of the morning sun. If grown outside, plant Pussy Ears in a location that receives 6 hours of the morning sun.

If you prefer to grow Panda Plant indoors, make sure it is located in a place that receives direct light from the sun for at least 6 hours.

Assuming this is not possible you can buy a Grow Light. Place the succulent under the Grow Light to get its daily dose of the sun’s rays.

If you decide to transfer Kalanchoe tomentosa back to the outdoors, do it gradually. Place Panda Plant under the partial sun for a while before moving it to a location that gets direct sunlight.

2. Watering

Kalanchoe tomentosa is a durable succulent and is highly resistant to drought. Pussy Ears can go on extended periods without water and still survive. The succulent can also tolerate dry air.

The best way to water Pussy Ears is to check the moist level of its soil. If it is dry to the touch, give it water. If water starts to drip on the tray below the soil, stop watering the plant.

Do not water the thick leaves of Pussy Ears because this will easily lead to overwatering.

3. Pot and Soil

For Kalanchoe tomentosa, use a pot that has fast drainage. If you are thinking of planting several Pussy Ears, keep the seeds at least 36-inches (91cm) apart.

At this distance, the plants can grow to full maturity without the risk of crowding at the roots.

The best soil to use would be cacti or a commercial mix for succulent. It is important to be sure that the soil is well-draining. You can add grit to improve its draining capability. Add fertilizer to the soil every month during the spring and summer seasons.


Kalanchoe is naturally resistant to pests. In extreme cases, it can be affected by aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects. You can use insecticide spray or horticultural sprays to control the spread and more infestation of these insects.

To conclude, Kalanchoe tomentosa is among the best indoor and outdoor home design plants that you can plant.

They are very appealing to the children and everyone, therefore, it won’t be a loos having them in your house. Care instructions for this plant are very achievable and reachable to everyone.


Kalanchoe Tomentosa Features: An Overview

  • The Panda Plant grows wild in Madagascar where it can reach an average height of 2 feet.
  • It has beautiful grayish-green leaves with a furry texture and dark chocolate-colored tips that look like cat ears.
  • The Panda Plant has a robust stem that turns woody as the plant matures.
  • It has many different names such as Chocolate Soldier, Pussy Ears, Cat Ears, Cocoon Plant, or Donkey Ears.
  • Rarely blooms indoors, but if it does, it will happen in spring and summer.
  • Thrives in bright light and sunshine, doesn’t mind shade, but it is not cold hardy.
  • The Panda Plant is a slow grower and doesn’t need frequent repotting.
  • All Kalanchoe succulents are poisonous to birds, cats, and dogs and when ingested will cause vomiting and other digestive problems. If your pet happens to eat a succulent and is showing signs of intoxication, you should take it to the vet.

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