How to grow and care for Panda Plant Indoors

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Houseplant, Panda Plant

Botanical name: Kalanchoe tomentosa
Family: Crassulaceae

Panda Plant is one of the most popular foliage Kalanchoe. It grows to a height of 1.5 ft and bears silvery-green, brown-edged furry or woolly leaves. Due to these characteristics, Panda Plant has earned other common names; Pussy Ears and Chocolate Soldier. It is a popular houseplant on account of its small size, ease of care and the dark-rimmed foliage. When growing in its native habitat, it bears fuzzy, bell-shaped flowers but it rarely flowers when grown indoors. Panda Plant is native to Madagascar. There are many varieties of Kalanchoe grown for their flowers like Kalanchoe blossfeldiana (Flaming Katy). Apart from Panda Plant a few other Kalanchoe plants are grown as houseplants for their striking foliage. They include Kalanchoe beharensis (Velvet Leaf Plant), Kalanchoe marmorata (Pen Wiper Plant) and Kalanchoe thyrsiflora (Paddle Plant) among others.

How to Grow Panda Plant


Panda Plant grows best in bright light to full sunlight. Should you choose to take it outdoors, gradually acclimatize and place it in a shaded place to avoid scorching the leaves. Learn how to ensure your plant receives the correct light in this guide on understanding light for houseplants.


Water Panda Plant thoroughly during the hot season, allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings. Water very infrequently in the cold months. Avoid waterlogging which may lead to root-rot. Do not wet the leaves as it can lead to rotting. Water from the bottom instead. Use room temperature water to avoid plant shock. Learn more on how to water houseplants.


Average warmth temperatures between 16-260C are ideal for Panda Plant. The sudden change in temperature between day and night is excellent for this plant.


Average room humidity is adequate for Panda Plant. The plant has no need for high humidity.


Feed Panda Plant monthly during the growing period with a water-soluble fertilizer. Withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal.


Repot Panda Plant only when the plant is pot-bound. Use a shallow rather than a deep pot; they have shallow roots. The pot should be only 1 size larger than the previous one. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to avoid waterlogging which can lead to root-rot. A clay pot is preferable because it is porous and therefore allows the soil to dry out faster. Also ensure the soil is loose and free-draining.


Pruning Panda Plant requires the removal of dead and diseased leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.

How to Propagate Panda Plant

Panda Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from leaf cuttings as they root easily. Allow the cuttings to dry (callous) for 1-3 days before planting. Stick the cut end into moist free-draining soil. Place the set up in a warm shaded place. Water sparingly, only when the soil is dry; avoid waterlogging as it can lead to rotting.

Common Problems in Growing Panda Plant

  • Leaf drop
  • Overwatering or underwatering are the cause of leaf drop in Panda Plant. Water Panda Plant thoroughly during the growing season and allow the top soil to dry out between waterings. Avoid overwatering by ensuring that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining. Significantly to reduce watering during the cold season. Never allow the soil ball to dry out completely.

  • Leggy plants
  • A leggy Panda Plant is an indication that the lighting is inadequate; this is an attempt by the plant to reach for light. Move the plant to a brighter spot.

  • Rot at base followed by yellowing and shriveled leaves
  • Rotting plant base followed by yellowing and shrivelled leaves in Panda Plant is an indication of basal stem-rot disease which is brought about by overwet conditions. Avoid overwatering, ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

  • Pests
  • Common pests in Panda Plant are Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects. Isolate the affected plant to reduce spread to other houseplants.


Kalanchoe Plants contain cardiac glycosides which are toxic to animals. Keep them away from the reach of pets.

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