Hey guys continuing with my series of the top 10 easy to grow succulents, today lets look at the Kalanchoe Tomentosa or the Panda Cactus. It is by far one of my favorite succulents.
The leaves of the Panda plant are covered with tiny hairs that give it a velvety look and feel. The covering of hair also ensures that there is no rapid loss of water due to transpiration hence this plant can survive without water for long periods of time. The leaves are equipped to store water.This plant can grow up to a height of 1.5 ft. This plant is a native of Madagascar.
The Kalanchoe tomentosa can flower within its natural habitat, producing fuzzy bell shaped flowers in spring and summer, it is very rare to see these succulents bloom indoors. It is grown primarily for its foliage within homes and offices.
Kalanchoe tomentosa care is pretty simple.
They like bright light and sunshine. A mixture of direct, indirect and shade is a good balance of sunlight if it can be provided.
Temperatures which ranges between 15-23 degrees is recommended if possible.
Only water Kalanchoe tomentosa once the soil has become dry and then soak the soil but do not leave water in the bottom tray. In winter this succulent needs less water. The leaves of the Panda plant store water so these lovely plants can survive without water for prolonged periods of time.
Kalanchoe tomentosa needs a porous soil containing about one third grit with adequate drainage.
Normal room humidity is fine and it might even tolerate dry air.
The leaves of the Kalanchoe tomentosa should not be wet for a prolonged period of time as this will cause rotting.
The propagation of this plant can be done through leaf cuttings. Leaf cuttings can be placed in new soil during spring. The leaf cuttings should be allowed to dry out for a week before re-potting.
The Panda plants are excellent for beds and borders, succulent gardens, Mediterranean themed gardens or of course as ground cover. These plants are also perfect for containers where spectacular floral arrangements can be created.
Please share pictures of your Panda plants if you own any and also share care tips if I missed out on any. Thanks for reading !!
Hello my previous post was about the lovely trailing succulent String of Bananas. Writing about trailing succulents got me thinking that a hanging garden will be interesting if there are a group of succulents which placed together to form an interesting combination. My top 5 picks of succulents which can be used in hanging baskets are:
String of Pearls.
String of Bananas.
String of Hearts
String of Nickels
If you are looking to grow an easy succulent with lots of character then opt for the String of Pearls or Senecio rowleyanus. It gets its name because of its fleshy beady looking leaves, since its a trailing succulent it greatly resemblances a beaded necklace. This lovely succulent can be easily grown indoors as long as there is bright light which is essential for a healthy plant. It can be easily propagated and does not need frequent watering. These succulents are slightly toxic in nature so should be grown /kept away from pets and young children.
Please refer to my previous post which gives you all the details about The String of Bananas.
The String of Hearts or Ceropegia woodii is a lovely plant to add to your succulent collection. These lovely plants like heat and bright light but will not thrive in direct sunlight, so position is very important to have a healthy plant. If placed outdoors it should be in a place which receives a lot of indirect sunlight and is bright or South/West facing windows if placed indoors. They only require watering only when the soil thoroughly dries up.
Burro’s Tail or Sedum burrito is a graceful houseplant and one of the best trailing succulent for a hanging garden. It is a heat and drought tolerant plant which is well suited for warm climates. It is very well tolerant of direct sunlight. It will thrive indoors provided there is bright light. It is very easy to propagate, gather some of the fleshy leaves and place them into moist well drained soil and they will soon establish roots and form new plants. These drought tolerant succulents will look brilliant if grown all by themselves in your hanging garden or together with other succulents where the effect is more pronounced.
String of Nickels or Dischidia nummularia consists of round gray- green leaves which are flat and greatly resembles coins hanging from a string. These are simply one of the best hanging basket succulent plants. These plants do not tolerate direct sunlight very well and if kept outdoors need to be watered frequently as it likes moist conditions. It can be easily propagated through stem cuttings and seeds. These are tropical epiphytic plants which can easily be used in offices or indoor houseplants.
Hello everyone I have been missing from the blogging world for quite a while now, I have missed this space. How is everyone doing? I wanted to write 10 blog posts about the most popular succulents to grow indoors starting with the lovely easy to grow ‘String of Bananas’.
The String of Bananas plant is a very popular trailing succulent and is also called String of Fish Hooks because of the way it looks. It is one of the easiest succulents to have in a hanging garden, and if it is grown in the ground, it trails wonderfully.
The String of Bananas is a succulent which loves the heat but will not thrive very well in direct sun light. It prefers partial shade like a covered patio or a balcony. It is best grown in containers for it is a brilliant hanging plant. It is also known as Senecio radicans. If looked after well the trails can reach upto 6′.
Lets look at a few images of these lovely trailing succulents which can be the easiest way to start your succulent journey.
String of Bananas is a plant which is native to Africa. It grows very well in partial shade and will thrive well in indirect bright sunlight if grown indoors. These plants are mildly toxic in nature and if ingested in small quantities may have unpleasant side effects hence it is best grown or kept out of reach of toddlers and pets. If grown indoors it is best to place them in hanging containers or planters.
Like most succulents, The String Of Bananas will need bright light or some sun to thrive well indoors. They do survive in very low light but as a result the growth will be slow or totally stop.
These plants will rot if watered very frequently so it is safe to say that they will grow happily if watered optimally or maybe once a week or once the soil is totally dry.
To keep your Senecio radicans healthy and thriving, it is enough to use a normal houseplant feed once every two months. It can be easily propagated through their stems or even leaves. It is quicker to propagate new plants from stems which have a few leaves attached to them. These succulents look much better when grown in clusters as in single strands they do not have the effect required.