Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier’

More than 100 varieties of Kalanchoe grow in the wilds of Africa and other parts of the Old World. Kalanchoe tomentosa grows wild on the island of Madagascar. In its native environment, growing Kalanchoe panda plants have a woody base and reach several feet. As an indoor plant, however, panda plant growth is limited by the size of the container, usually reaching only 1 to 2 feet in height and 2 feet.

Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate Soldier’

(Chocolate Soldier Panda Plant) 

The Kalanchoe tomentosa or the 'Chocolate Soldier'

‘Chocolate Soldier’ is an interesting and attractive small slow-growing succulent subshrub that grows to about 2 feet tall with narrow slightly concave and elliptical succulent pale brownish green leaves that are covered in tiny hairs, giving the plant a velvety look and feel. Along the upper leaf margin and the tip is a raised slightly toothed rim that is reddish on new leaves and matures to a rusty brown color, giving this plant a very unusual two-toned appearance. In summer it can appear, clustered atop 18 install stalks, the yellow-green flowers with dark brown petal tips, but flowering is not that common. Plant in a well-draining soil in full sun to part shade (requires protection from the full sun in inland desert areas) and water only occasionally to very little.

Most important locate the Kalanchoe tomentosa indoor panda plant in medium to bright light. As with most succulents, soil should be allowed to dry between waterings. In fact, watering is a limited part of panda plant care. When you do water, do so completely while giving the plant the infrequent drink. You’ll find humidity is not an issue when learning how to grow a panda plant successfully. The average room provides enough humidity for this easy-care, furry plant. The indoor panda plant can live for many years in these conditions. Move it outside during spring and summer, if desired, but provide protection from hot afternoon sun. Fertilize during these months with a balanced houseplant food mixed at half strength as a part of The Kalanchoe tomentosa panda plant care.

Propagating Indoor Panda Plant Kalanchoe tomentosa 

In conclusion, when you’re growing Kalanchoe panda plants, you’ll likely find more areas in the home that would benefit from one of these plants. In fact, propagation of the indoor panda plant is easy and an inexpensive way to get more of the plants. Root leaves of the plant in spring or summer in a sandy potting soil or a perlite mixture. Next, new roots develop and the plant will grow new leaves, at which time it should be transferred into a new container. Blooms are rare when growing Kalanchoe panda plants indoors. Therefore, if you wish to grow a Kalanchoe with regular indoor blossoms, look to the cultivar Kalanchoe blossfeldiana hybrids

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