Written by Ivy
Jan 30 2023
The bizarre panda plant (Kalanchoe tomentosa) has thick, velvety leaves with white hairs and chocolate brown markings on the tips. Once you have one, you'll consider panda plant reproduction to spread this succulent to others.
Because the panda plant doesn't bloom all that frequently, many admirers are unsure of how to spread this endearing plant.
Quick Steps to propagate panda plant
Does a panda plant resemble a panda? Not really, but these plants have chubby foliage with silvery-white hairs that resemble a panda's fur!
But this plant is adorable! Its leaves are green with edges that are a deep chocolate brown. The velvety texture of the foliage really draws attention to it.
You may know this plant by its scientific name Kalanchoe tomentosa. However, other names for it include Cocoon Plant and Chocolate-Soldier. The central new fleshy leaves have developed a slight curve that resembles a cat's furry ears. This plant also goes by the name Pussy Ears Plant because of this.
The good news is that panda plants, also known as pussy ears, can be multiplied using two simple methods. This is one of many succulents that not only can be multiplied through stem cuttings but also through leaf cuttings.
You should propagate your panda plants during the summer or spring. Their growing season is during these warm months. They therefore grow quickly during these seasons.
Additionally, the mother plant needs some time to recover and callus over the cuts when cuttings are taken from it. This aids the mother plant's quick recovery when done during the period when they are growing.
Make sure you are ready before you leave. You need the following propagation tools
Make sure you have the proper conditions for establishing the plant's roots and encouraging growth before we start propagating.
These plant collections can be multiplied using leaf cuttings, which is the simplest way to do so. The plant produces a ton of leaves, which in turn produces a ton of baby plants.
Gathering some healthy leaves from the mother plant is the first thing you should do.
The furry surface of the leaves might be itchy for your bare hands, so wear a pair of gloves first!
When choosing leaves for propagation, pick healthy leaves. By healthy, we mean they can't be discolored or has no fungal infections. Find some healthy leaves and carefully pull them from the plant or cut them off.
Note that, it should be done nice and cool, leaving no leaf piece in that stem of the plant. Additionally, avoid taking so many leaves that the mother plant begins to appear bald. When many leaves are torn off at once, the mother plant will become fragile. Of course you don't want that.
Once you've collected some leaves, keep them in a dry place for a week or so to callus over.
These leaves must be grown in well-draining soil. The soil blend for succulents is available online or at your neighborhood plant nursery. Your soil mix should contain equal parts of sand, peat moss, and perlite. Aeration is enhanced and the soil's capacity to drain water is increased by these components.
The soil mixture should be placed in a container or tray. To allow the extra water to drain, the pot needs drainage holes. The minimum size of the pot should be 3-4 inches. Take a larger pot if you intend to plant additional cuttings in the same container.
Once you've prepared the soil and pot, it's time for the leave cuttings to take their spot!
Leaves should be inserted into the soil at their cut ends. To keep them from rotting, make sure the leaves are covering the ground.
You can arrange the leaves in a line by placing them one at a time. Try to keep two finger gap between the cuttings.
It's not necessary that the leaves stay straight like a plant. As long as the cut end is buried in the ground, you can lay them out horizontally over the ground.
To keep the soil nice and moist, use a water bottle to spray water on it. A warm, moist environment is necessary for cuttings to become rooted. You can keep the pot inside a plastic bag or a glass container to retain moisture. Misting the cuttings will also help increase the moisture level.
If you manage to keep your patience for two weeks, the cuttings will produce roots! But you must wait for them to develop a robust root system; that alone is not sufficient. Once the roots are grown about 1 inch or so, you can safely transplant them into a new home.
For the infants, prepare a pot with potting soil mixture. Each baby plant should have its own pot. During the transplanting process, be careful not to harm the roots.
New growth will start to appear just beneath the leaf cuttings over the course of the following few weeks. You can take out the leaf cuttings after they have grown a little more.
If you don't remove them, they'll fall by themselves. However, getting rid of them will encourage the baby plant to focus all of its energy on the new growth.
This approach begins by resembling the leaf method somewhat.
Place them in a warm location with strong, indirect sunlight (early morning or late evening direct sunlight is fine).
After 15 to 20 days, the stems usually start to form roots, at which point you can move them into a permanent pot.
Did you know Panda Plant can be propagated by half-leave or with one-third cuttings of a leaf?
You can try this as a fun project to explore more options, so yes, it is possible. Also, you'll get more plants with this method, as one leaf can give you 2-3 new plants!But How to Do That?
As you did previously, you must first gather some leaf cuttings. Now, cut the leaf in half using a pair of accurate scissors. You can make 3 pieces too if you wish. From left to right, the cutting should be done horizontally through the veins.
Now follow the steps:
Rather than putting the cuttings directly into the soil, you can put them in water for the roots to grow.
You can monitor the growth of the roots without disturbing them when you propagate in water, which is a benefit. They are made simple to view from the outside by using a transparent glass or vase.
Follow the steps to propagate Panda Plant in water
A plant that has been multiplied requires a little extra care as they learn how to stand upright in this world! You must monitor their development and needs.
Follow these tips to care for your baby Panda Plants after a successful propagation
It's simple to grow this species of succulent. To get started, you can buy a potted plant from a nursery, divide an offset, or take a leaf or stem cutting.