Plant Care Panda Plant

Panda Plant

4.7 out of 5 (153 experiences)

Panda Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Panda Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower

About Panda Plant

Plants in the Kalanchoe genus are native to Madagascar and tropical Africa. They range from rubbery green leaves, to leopard print, and some are even fuzzy! The word Kalanchoe comes from the Cantonese name for these plants, pronounced Ka-lun-koh-ee in English. Their succulent leaves help store water during droughts, so they'll be just fine if you skip a watering or two (it happens!).


Kalanchoe tomentosa

Also known as

Chocolate Soldier and Cocoon Plant

How to care for Panda Plant


How often to water your Panda Plant

Water needs for Panda Plant
0.5 cups
every 12

Panda Plant needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Irondequoit, New York.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Panda Plant

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Panda Plant in Irondequoit, New York

Irondequoit, New York

23% Very Low

Finding light for Panda Plant in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Panda Plant: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Panda Plant love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Irondequoit, New York ⛅.

Panda Plant does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Panda Plant

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Panda Plant: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Panda Plant after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Panda Plant is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Panda Plant

Panda Plant

Panda Plant

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Irondequoit, New York, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Panda Plant has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 91
Panda Plant has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 68
Panda Plant has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 34
Panda Plant has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 25
Panda Plant has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Panda Plant has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 7
Panda Plant has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 4
Sweetsucculent avatar
leaf-1 30 Plants
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globe Alliance, OH

Only water every 14 days or less. Be sure to pot with easy drainage in mind-no wet feet! Give them a minute to get established basking in sunlight, then get ready to fall in love. Tolerates my cool sunroom (60 degrees at night) well over cold season.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Summerlily07 avatar
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I love this plant. It is extremely forgiving and easy to grow. I recommend this for beginners and people getting into the succulent community. The really easy to propagate, and grow fast in the right care. I have not found mine to attract Pests. They are an attractive plant with soft fuzzy leaves. And you can find them almost anywhere. They do need Direct light or bright indirect light. A great rewarding plant I recommend for any plant parent.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 1,221 XP
globe Aurora, NE

I love how fluffy and tall this plant is!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
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leaf-1 162 Plants
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globe Russellville, AR

Lots of sun, little water, is super soft!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Elgin, IL

Super easy to care for!

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leaf-1 18 Plants
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globe Lindenhurst, NY

i like it

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Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 33 Plants
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globe Ephrata, PA

Easy to care for, slow growing.

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globe Homer City, PA

Picky but strong once it’s happy

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leaf-1 3 Plants
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globe Richardson, TX

Won’t ever bloom again but is easy to take care of. Hard to kill.

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globe Rochester, MN

super fun because you can propagate them and give to friends!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
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globe Des Plaines, IL

This is my second go around with chocolate soldier (my first got powdery mildew, hence the pest magnet). But this is one of my favorites and is otherwise easy to care for

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Sydney avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 103 XP

try to pot in a wider pot than a mason jar, it limits growth. also don’t get water on the leaves, they will turn yellow.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Justin avatar
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globe La Porte, TX

This is a great indoor plant fun to look at, watch you pets with these… Kalanchoe Family of plants contain Cardiac Glycosides

Survivor Survivor
Justin avatar
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globe La Porte, TX

Poisonous to dogs, mine tried it once, did not swallow, my Dragon’s Blood Sedum on the other hand… not poisonous he had himself a bittercress salad :(

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 218 XP
globe Hawley, PA

It’s a pretty easy plant

Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 11 Plants
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globe Plumas Lake, CA

Easy to take care of, and won’t complain if you forget to water it for a while.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Victorious avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
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Great succulent! Survivor, if in proper soul and spacious container it will never die. I’ve had to outside for a full year. Just keeps growing. Love my lil Zeus.

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 116 XP
globe Birmingham, AL


Fast grower Fast grower

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